Maryland Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Recover Fair, Complete Benefits for Your On-the-Job Injury or Occupational Illness
Have you been injured while on the job or diagnosed with an occupational illness? You are entitled to receive payment for your injuries and financial support as you recover. Unfortunately, many workers do not fully realize their rights under workers’ compensation laws and receive unfair payments from employers and insurance companies looking to shortchange them.
At Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC, our Maryland workers’ compensation lawyers are dedicated to helping injured workers receive the fair, complete compensation that helps them heal properly and return to work without severe financial harm. We have a reputation for success in these complex cases, utilizing decades of litigation and trial experience and our considerable resources and manpower to seek the best possible result for every client.
To learn more about how we can help you understand the specific details of your potential legal case, call us at (301) 812-4777 and receive a no-cost consultation.
Does My Injury Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?
The legal guidelines concerning workers’ compensation benefits are in the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) Act. Under the MOSH Act, workers who have suffered work-related injuries and illnesses can be paid benefits, as long as their injuries fall within specific guidelines.
To qualify for workers’ compensation:
- You must be an employee.
- Your injury must have arisen “out of and in the course of employment.”
- Occupational illnesses must be caused by the nature of your job or work environment.
After being injured on the job, it is important that you report your incident and injury to your employer immediately and undergo an examination by a medical professional approved by the company or insurance provider. This will build evidence showing the specific trauma you have suffered and link it to your job.
Maryland Workers’ Comp Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits in Maryland are meant to cover the various losses that result from being seriously injured while on the job. The goal is to keep workers from suffering major financial loss while being injured, unable to work, and in need of medical care.
- Medical/Hospitalization Benefits – Workers’ comp will pay for hospital and nursing services, crutches and other medical apparatuses, medicine, and artificial limbs, if you required these after your on-the-job incident.
- Wage Reimbursement – Time lost at work due to injury or while completing required medical examinations and workers’ comp commission hearings is reimbursed.
- Temporary Total Disability Benefits – If you are completely unable to work, but your injuries will heal, you will be paid for this “healing period.”
- Temporary Partial Disability Benefits – If you are able to work, but your injuries prevent you from being able to fulfill all of your duties for a limited amount of time, causing you to earn less, benefits will pay 50% of the difference between your average weekly earnings and what you receive while disabled.
- Permanent Total Disability Benefits – You can receive benefits for permanent injuries that prevent you from ever returning to work.
- Permanent Partial Disability Benefits – A permanent injury that partially impairs your ability to work will result in weekly payments. Different types of injuries are entitled to different amounts of compensation for different lengths of time.
- Vocational Rehabilitation – If your injuries prevent you from returning to your field of work, benefits will pay for vocational rehabilitation for up to 24 months, which will give you new work skills compatible with your disability.
While you may not need all of these benefits depending on the extent of your injuries, fully understanding the scope of your losses and what you will need to recover is vital in gaining full and fair compensation.
Do I Need a Workers’ Comp Attorney?
If you are out of work for more than three days and need medical care, it is imperative that you speak with a Maryland workers’ compensation attorney. As an injured worker, you are entitled to benefits throughout your case.
The best way to properly ensure that your rights are protected is to have an advocate on your behalf. If you have permanent injuries, miss an extended time from work, or your employer is disputing whether an injury occurred, then it is likely that you will need to present your case in front of a Commissioner at a Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission hearing. Attorneys for the insurance company and employer are skilled at using the Maryland Rules of Evidence and knowledgeable about limiting your rights at these hearings. Unless you are represented by a skilled lawyer, it is unlikely that you will be successful in protecting your rights.
Do not fight this battle alone. An experienced attorney will better understand the goals of the people who oppose you and whether you have made case-jeopardizing mistakes. Together, we can find success and begin the path to recovery and a successful career.
Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation in Maryland
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation insurance provides payments for workers who are injured “on the job” in Maryland. Employers pay for the insurance coverage, and the insurance company pays for medical bills and part of an employee’s lost wages if an on-the-job injury prevents that employee from working for more than three days. Workers who are partly or totally disabled by an injury may also receive workers’ compensation benefits to replace part of their lost income.
What Types of Injuries Are Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
An injury is covered by workers’ compensation if it “arises out of and in the course of employment,” according to Maryland law. These definitions include injuries caused by third parties. For instance, if you are at work and are injured by a defective product made by a company other than the one you work for, you may still be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. You may also be able to file a product liability claim against the maker or seller of the product that injured you.
What Does Workers’ Compensation Pay For?
Workers’ compensation in Maryland pays for the following costs:
- Medical bills. Workers’ compensation covers the medical bills related to any injury “out of and in the course of” employment. This includes payments for doctor and hospital visits, physical therapy, prescription medication, and medical equipment.
- Replacement wages. If you are unable to work for three or more days, workers’ compensation will provide payments to replace part of the wages you may lose by not being at work.
- Disability benefits. Workers’ compensation may pay additional benefits if you are disabled. The amount of benefits depends on whether your disability is partial or total, as well as whether it is temporary or permanent.
How Do I Get Workers’ Compensation?
Start by reporting the accident, injury, and/or illness to your employer immediately. Then, file a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission. Your employer may have the Workers’ Compensation Commission claim forms you’ll need to file your claim, or you can get them free of charge by contacting the Workers’ Compensation Commission or by visiting the Commission website. Maryland also allows you to file your claim online if you choose.
What If There is an Objection or I Am Denied Benefits?
If your employer or your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer believes that your claim isn’t covered by workers’ compensation, they may object to the Commission, which will inform you in writing of what the objection is. If you believe the objection is wrong, that you are not receiving all the benefits to which you’re entitled, or that you have been wrongfully turned down for benefits, you can request a hearing from the Workers’ Compensation Commission. You may have an experienced Maryland workers’ compensation attorney represent you at the hearing.
How can Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC Help Me?
At Alpert Schreyer Poe, our experienced Maryland workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping those injured in workplace accidents get the benefits they deserve. We can also help you hold any third parties accountable for the harm caused by their negligent behavior and effectively represent you at all hearings and other meetings or negotiations.
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