When workers are injured on the job, they are often entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Almost all employers in the United States are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance protects workers should they be injured on the job and protects employers from being sued by their injured workers. It is imperative injured workers fully understand the law and know when they should hire workplace injury lawyers in Southern Maryland.
Unfortunately, not all workplace injuries are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The Maryland statute states an injury must have been caused by an accident that arose during the course of employment. The statute allows workers to file injury claims for physical injuries and occupational diseases. If an employee feels they were injured because of their work and while on the job, they will need to file an employee claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission. Typically, an investigation will then begin and the insurance company will be charged with making a timely decision on approval or denial.
The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act ensures employee benefits in the following ways.
* Temporary partial disability
* Permanent total disability
* Permanent partial disability
* Medical benefits
* Hospitalization benefits
* Wage reimbursement
* Vocational rehabilitation
* Death benefits
Most workplace injury lawyers in Southern Maryland work on contingency, which means an injured employee will not be charged any upfront fees for the services they are receiving. An attorney will help a client through the claims process and assist with appeals if the insurance company comes back with a denial decision. An appeal can be filed with the circuit court so the injured worker can stand before the administrative law judge. It will be up to the judge to listen to both sides and form a conclusion on whether or not the worker is entitled to benefits.
If you have been injured on the job and feel you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, now is the time for you to seek legal help. For more information on how an attorney can help you, contact us. With the help of an attorney, you can rest assured your injury claim will be given the full attention it deserves so you can receive a fair outcome.
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