One of our workers’ compensation attorneys in Edgewood, MD, may be able to help you get the money you need if you were hurt on the job. At the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, we know how difficult it can be to miss work due to an injury and not have income coming in. Sometimes, though, getting the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve is not as easy as it should be.
We provide free consultations, so injured workers and their families can learn more about their legal options. We may be able to file your claim, appeal a denial, reach a settlement, or sue a liable third party.
Benefits Available Based on Your Edgewood Workplace Injury or Illness
Our team believes that injured workers deserve compensation for the impact a workplace incident or exposure has on their lives and their loved ones. A serious injury affects every member of the family. This is the purpose of workers’ compensation benefits. Under Md. Lab. & Emp. Code § 5-102, most employees have strong workers’ compensation rights for occupational injuries and illnesses.
How much an injured worker receives through workers’ compensation in Maryland will depend on their previous income, the severity of their injuries, and other factors. In general, benefits should include:
- Medical care coverage
- Partial payment of missed income, about two-thirds
- Compensation for severe and permanent injuries
- Vocational training for a new position if there are related impairments
- Funeral and burial expenses for deadly accidents
Third-Party Claims Based on a Workplace Accident
While you cannot usually sue your employer, some injured workers have third-party personal injury claims that could help them recover additional damages. At the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, we will review your case to see if you may be able to pursue this type of financial recovery.
This is generally possible when a third party – not your employer or a fellow worker – caused your injuries. For example, imagine a delivery driver hit you as you helped unload merchandise. That driver and their employer might be liable for additional losses you suffered, including:
- Additional wage losses
- Diminished earning capacity for lasting injuries
- Pain and suffering damages
- Other intangible losses
Our personal injury team handles cases like this frequently. We will be glad to speak with you about how your injuries occurred and analyze the circumstances to determine if there may be a liable third party.
For a free legal consultation with a workers’ compensation lawyer serving Edgewood, call (410)886-6215
An Attorney From the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow Can Handle Your Claim
Our firm understands how Maryland’s protections for injured employees work. Our team can help you support your claim, navigate the appeals process, or develop a case against a negligent third party.
If our firm represents you, you will be able to reach our team 24/7 if you have concerns or questions. We will offer multiple channels of communication, including:
- A unique text number for around-the-clock messaging
We are here for you and work based on contingency. Our team will never ask you for any money up front. Rather, our firm receives a portion of the recovery we secure for you.
We also have a network of highly qualified medical care providers and specialists we can suggest to you based on your diagnosis and treatment needs. We would recommend these providers to our own families and see if we were facing the same injuries you sustained.
Edgewood Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Near Me (410)886-6215
The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission oversees claims from workers with job site injuries and occupational illnesses. If you miss more than three days at work because of an injury or receive a diagnosis linked to a workplace exposure, your employer must report this information to the Commission.
Once you file a claim, they connect this report with the information in your claim and make a determination about your benefits. This process goes smoothly for many, but others may experience problems at this point. There are three possible outcomes:
- They approve your claim, and you receive appropriate benefits.
- They approve your claim but do not receive the correct benefits.
- They deny your claim.
If you need help getting the wage loss benefits you deserve or fighting a denial, our team is here for you. We know what to do and can assess your options based on your needs and next steps.
There Are Strict Deadlines for Taking Action Under Maryland Law
If you need help with your workers’ compensation or workplace injury case, the sooner you connect with our team, the better. These cases take time to develop, and there are time limits for each step:
- Injuries: Under Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 9-709, you only have up to 60 days to submit your workers’ compensation claim and the report from your physician. This is true of both injuries and illnesses.
- Deadly accidents: When a loved one dies of an on-the-job injury, the time to file for benefits may extend up to 18 months.
- Fatal occupational diseases: An occupational disease claim offers two years to get started.
- Pulmonary dust diseases: If your loved one had a pulmonary dust disease, you may have up to three years to begin this type of claim.
- Third-party torts: If you need to file a personal injury lawsuit, Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-101 likely gives you three years to submit the initial paperwork, as well.
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We Offer Complimentary Consultations to Discuss Your Options for Compensation
Our attorneys from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow are here to help you better understand your case and legal options. We know how to appeal a workers’ compensation decision, develop a third-party case, and take other steps for our clients.
Call us now to speak with our team for free: (410) 777-8960.