Your Rights If You Are Injured on the Job in Maryland
If you are injured on the job in Maryland, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The majority of employers in the state are required to carry workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. The coverage protects injured workers and, in many cases, shields the employer from personal liability.
At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner, & Davey, P.A., we have been helping Maryland workers who have been injured on the job for over 40 years. Our lawyers know how to maximize damages to ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve after an accident on the job. Were you injured while at work? Contact our office at (410) 685-2022 to schedule a free consultation.
What Benefits Am I Entitled to with Workers’ Compensation?
In Maryland, workers’ compensation covers “accidental personal injury arising out of and in the course of employment.” If you sustain a covered injury or illness, you are likely entitled to benefits. Benefits are designed to reimburse you for your lost wages, medical bills, and disability.
Types of Benefits You Might Receive from Workers’ Compensation:
- Disability benefits – Disability benefits may be temporary or permanent depending on the severity of your injuries. Generally, these benefits are designed to replace the income lost while you cannot work.
- Medical and hospitalization benefits – In addition to disability benefits, you will likely be entitled to medical and hospital benefits if you are injured on the job in Maryland. These benefits compensate you for costs related to your care and treatment, hospital and nursing services, medicine, medical devices, and prosthetics.
- Wage reimbursement benefits – The Workers’ Compensation Act also reimburses for wages lost while you are at hearings, meetings, or appointments related to your case.
- Vocational rehabilitation benefits – If your injury causes you to become disabled to the point where you can no longer perform your previous job, you might be able to claim vocational rehabilitation benefits. These benefits provide job training, but may also include job placement assistance, vocational counseling, coordination of medical services, and more.
- Death and funeral benefits – If your loved one was killed while on the job, you might be able to claim death benefits.
If you are injured while at work, it is important that you speak with a Maryland workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible. You may not only be entitled to a workers’ compensation claim, but you may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a liable third party.
Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Other Damages?
Things like punitive damages (or those damages designed to punish a liable party for their wantonness or gross negligence) are generally not awarded in workers’ compensation cases unless you can file a civil lawsuit. Damages such as pain and suffering are also not separately awarded but may be accounted for when determining disability benefits.
Injured While at Work? Contact Our Office.
Were you injured while at work in Maryland? Contact our office at (410) 685-2022 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us help you get the compensation you need after an on-the-job injury.