Worker’s Compensation

MARYLAND WORKERS COMPENSATION LAWYER

MARYLAND WORKER’S COMPENSATION

IF YOU WERE INJURED AT WORK WHILE ENGAGED IN WORK RELATED DUTIES, YOU ARE GENERALLY COVERED BY MARYLAND’S WORKER’S COMPENSATION LAW. YOU MUST TAKE THE APPROPRIATE STEPS IN A TIMELY FASHION TO PROTECT AND PURSUE YOUR CASE.

workers-compTHAT MEANS IF YOU ARE HURT WHILE PERFORMING WORK RELATED DUTIES YOU NEED TO REPORT THE INCIDENT TO YOUR EMPLOYER, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND PREFERABLY THE SAME DAY. YOUR EMPLOYER IS REQUIRED TO FILL OUT AND INCIDENT REPORT FORM AND FILE THAT WITH THE WORKER’S COMPENSATION COMMISSION AND YOU AS THE EMPLOYEE ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO FILL OUT AN “EMPLOYEE CLAIM FORM.” THIS FORM IS READILY AVAILABLE, IT CAN BE FILED ON LINE AND YOUR WORKER’S COMPENSATION ATTORNEY CAN HELP AND SHOULD HELP YOU FILL THIS FORM OUT. THERE IS STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IN ORDER TO FILE A CLAIM WITH THE COMMISSION, WHICH IS TWO YEARS BUT THAT SHOULD NEVER BE AN ISSUE BECAUSE THERE IS, GENERALLY SPEAKING, NEVER A GOOD REASON NOT TO FILE A CLAIM WITH THE COMMISSION ON A TIMELY BASIS. IF A CLAIM IS NOT FILED WITHIN A REASONABLE PERIOD OF TIME, EITHER DAYS OR IN SOME CASES WEEKS AFTER AN INCIDENT, IT BECOMES SUSPICIOUS AS TO WHY IT TOOK SO LONG AND YOU WILL BE CREATING AN UNNECESSARY ISSUE IN YOUR CASE.

ONCE YOU DO FILE YOUR CLAIM FORM WITH THE COMMISSION AND YOUR EMPLOYER FILES THERE INCIDENT REPORT YOU GENERALLY BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAL COVERAGE AS IT RELATES TO THE INJURY YOU SUSTAINED ON THE JOB. THAT MEANS MEDICAL CARE THAT YOU RECEIVE, HOSPITAL CARE, SURGERY, PHYSICAL THERAPY AND THE LIKE WILL ALL BE COVERED. HAPPILY, MEDICAL PROVIDERS RECEIVE A LOWER PAYMENT FOR THE CARE THEY PROVIDE BUT IN EXCHANGE FOR PROVIDING SAID CARE AT A LOWER COST, THE PROVIDER IS PAID FAIRLY QUICKLY BY THE INSURANCE COMPANY THAT PROVIDES WORKER’S COMPENSATION INSURANCE TO YOUR EMPLOYER. ALL MEDICAL CARE IS ON MEDICAL SCHEDULE AND FEES ARE ALREADY LISTED ON THE SCHEDULE SO ALL PARTIES KNOW WHAT THEY WILL BE PAYING FOR CARE AS IT RELATES TO THE INJURED PARTY IN A COMPENSATION CASE.

IN ADDITION TO THE CARE THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO AS AN INJURED WORKER, YOU ARE ALSO ENTITLED TO PERCENTAGE OF YOUR LOST WAGES IF YOU CANNOT WORK AND YOUR ARE ALSO ENTITLED TO A LUMP SUM PAYMENT FOR ANY PERMANENT INJURY THAT YOU SUSTAINED. SO FOR EXAMPLE IF YOU LOST YOUR HAND IN AN ACCIDENT, THAT INJURY IS ALSO ON A CHART AND YOU ARE ENTITLED TO A LUMP SUM PAYMENT FOR THAT PERMANENT INJURY AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INJURY THAT IS DETERMINED TO BE PERMANENT.

UNDER WORKER’S COMPENSATION LAW YOU ARE ENTITLED TO LIFE TIME MEDICAL CARE FOR THE INJURY SUSTAINED ON THE JOB, SO IF THERE IS A WORSENING OF YOUR CONDITION IN THE FUTURE YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS ON TOP OF THE MEDICAL COVERAGE.

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DID YOU KNOW:

1. YOUR EMPLOYER IS REQUIRED TO FILE A FIRST REPORT OF INJURY REGARDING YOUR INJURY.

2. YOU MUST FILE AN EMPLOYEE CLAIM FORM IN ORDER TO PROPERLY MAKE YOUR CLAIM.

3. YOU ARE ENTITLED TO LOST WAGES, AND MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR YOUR INJURIES FOR LIFE.

4. YOU ARE ALSO ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION FOR ANY PERMANENCY YOU MAY HAVE SUFFERED.

5. ATTORNEY’S FEES ARE SET BY THE STATE & APPLY ONLY WHEN YOU RECOVER MONEY FOR YOUR INJURIES.