Maryland Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Workers’ compensation lawyers representing people who have been injured at work throughout Maryland
All employers in the state of Maryland must carry workers’ compensation coverage. If you’ve been hurt on the job, you need experienced attorneys to help you with the complexities of Maryland workers’ compensation law. This is especially true because insurance companies will encourage their lawyers to do whatever they can to avoid paying you for your work-related injuries.
Contact Plaxen & Adler, P.A. today at 410-988-4449, if you suffered a personal injury that arose out of or in the course of your employment. Our Maryland workers’ compensation lawyers will work to ensure that you receive the benefits to which you are entitled. Whether your employer is big or small, we have the experience to represent your best interests.
Understanding the basics of workers’ compensation claims in Maryland
Whenever you are involved in a work-related accident that causes injury, you have a right to pursue compensation from your employer. You should never follow a fellow employee’s advice or employer’s request to not file a claim.
When you file a workers’ compensation claim, it is important to understand that you are not suing your employer. Instead, you are making a claim for benefits under your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance plan.
- Medical care: You are entitled to receive medical care from the doctor of your own choice.
- Vocational rehabilitation: If you are unable to return to your present employment, you may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation counseling and possibly even re-training or additional education.
- Damages: In general, workers’ compensation benefits include lost wages, medical expenses and monetary compensation for permanent injuries.
- Fees: You pay no attorneys fees unless we recover benefits for you. The Workers’ Compensation Commission fee schedule governs all legal fees, with a final determination of fees occurring at the end of your case.
Pre-existing conditions and workers’ compensation benefits
It is fairly clear that anyone who suffered a new injury while at work can pursue workers’ comp benefits. But, did you also know that you can seek compensation if an accident at work aggravated a pre-existing condition? If your work-related injury caused the aggravation of a back injury, wrist injury or other medical condition, reach out to our legal team for skilled representation.
What work injuries are covered?
Is a Maryland workers’ compensation lawyer required to help you get benefits?
Just like in any legal proceeding, you can represent yourself. However, the insurance company and their lawyer will attempt to take advantage of you and offer you an unfair workers’ compensation settlement if you do. An experienced Maryland workers’ compensation lawyer with knowledge of this field will ensure your rights are protected and you receive the maximum benefits you are entitled to. For example, a lawyer can streamline the process of obtaining medical treatment authorization, and ensuring you are paid for your time missed from work. A lawyer can also advocate on your behalf if the insurance company denies benefits or delays payment. Finally, a knowledgeable lawyer can be instrumental in obtaining workers’ comp benefits for survivors of loved ones who have died in fatal accidents at work. Learn more ways a lawyer can effectively handle your claim on your behalf by reaching out to our Maryland law firm.
Can I afford a Maryland workers’ compensation attorney?
Yes, you can.
At Plaxen & Adler, PA, we offer free initial consultations. You pay no attorneys’ fees unless we recover benefits for you. Furthermore, the Workers’ Compensation Commission fee schedule governs all legal fees, with a final determination of fees occurring at the end of your case. If you have concerns about the costs associated with filing a claim, or retaining a workers’ compensation lawyer, please contact us. We can explain everything to you during your initial consultation.
Workers’ compensation benefits available in Maryland
After an employee has been injured in the course of his or her employment, and they have reported their injury and filed a worker’s compensation claim, here are the various types of benefits that are available depending on the nature of their injuries:
Temporary total disability benefits
These benefits cover an employee who is unable to work at all because of their injury. If they are disabled for less than 14 days, the partial wage-replacement benefits do not kick in until after the first three days. If they are disabled for more than 14 days, compensation beings the first day of disability.
Temporary partial disability benefits
When a worker is not completely disabled but is earning less due to their injury and disability this benefit is meant to make up the difference in what they are losing due to their partial disability.
Permanent partial disability benefits
When a workplace injury leaves a worker with some kind of permanent impairment, they are entitled to compensation that will continue for the number of weeks stipulated in the law depending on the body part injured and the severity of the injury. You can be working full time and still receive permanent partial disability benefits, they are meant to compensate an injured worker for a permanent injury.
Permanent total disability benefits
If a worker has become completely disabled due to a workplace accident, or if they suffer from the loss of use of both arms, both eyes, both feet, both hands, both legs; or a combination of any two of the following: an arm, eye, foot, hand or leg they are considered permanently and totally disabled.
Workers’ compensation covers the employee’s medical expenses related to the workplace accident which includes: doctor visits, therapy, hospitalization, surgery, nursing services, medications, crutches, wheelchairs, artificial limbs, etc.
If the injured employee cannot return to their prior work because of their injury, they are entitled to vocational rehabilitation services to help them find work they are able to perform.
If an employee dies in a workplace accident, their spouse or dependent is entitled to receive death benefits that includes coverage of funeral expenses and payment of a percentage of the employee’s earnings.
(Complete details are available at the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission.)
If you have questions about compensation for your workplace injury, you are welcome to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable Maryland workers’ compensation attorney. You can get answers and learn about your options based on the facts of your specific case.
Pre-existing conditions and workers’ compensation benefits
It is fairly clear that anyone who suffered a new injury while at work can pursue workers’ comp benefits. But, did you also know that you may also be able to seek compensation if an accident at work aggravated a pre-existing condition? If your work-related injury caused the aggravation of a back injury, wrist injury or other medical condition, reach out to our legal team for skilled representation.
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Call our Maryland workers’ compensation attorneys for a free consultation
If you sustained injuries in a work-related accident, call the Maryland workers’ comp attorneys of Plaxen & Adler at 410.988.4449 or contact us online. We have offices in Dundalk, Baltimore, Columbia and elsewhere throughout the state. We offer free initial consultations and a flexible appointment schedule. Reach out to us to learn more about how we can help you get the benefits you require.