SBWD Represents Workers Injured on the Job
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim Is the First Step to Putting Your Life Back Together
Getting injured on the job can happen to anyone, regardless of your profession. If you are in a workplace accident, you might be entitled to compensation. In order to get the money you need to cover all of your losses including medical bills and lost wages, you need to hire an experienced attorney.
At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., our lawyers will work with you to ensure that you receive the largest possible recovery on your case. We are experienced, honest attorneys that have secured over $200 million on behalf of our clients. If you are injured while at work in Baltimore or throughout Maryland, contact our office at (410) 685-2022 to schedule a free consultation.
What to Do If You Are Injured While at Work
If you are injured on the job in Maryland, there are several things that you need to do to protect your right to recovery. First, you need to seek medical attention immediately for your injuries. Failure to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment may limit your right to compensation.
In addition to seeking medical treatment, you should:
- Report the accident to your employer or supervisor.
- File a claim with the Workers’ compensation Commission.
- Collect evidence surrounding the accident and your injuries.
- Contact a Maryland work injury lawyer.
Under state law, you have a limited amount of time to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. You must give your employer notice that you were injured while at work within 10 days of the accident or within 30 days of your loved one’s death. However, there are exceptions to this general rule so it is in your best interest to consult with a Maryland workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible after an injury.
Common Causes of Workplace Injuries
Workplace injuries can be caused by a number of factors. In order to be covered by workers’ compensation, state law mandates that it happen on the job and that it has been caused “by an accidental personal injury arising out of and in the course of employment.” Therefore, just because you were hurt while at work does not mean that you will be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Common causes of workplace injuries resulting in compensation:
- Overexertion/Repetitive Use Injuries
- Slip & Fall
- Defective Equipment
- Improper Safety Procedures
- Heavy Equipment Accidents
- Falling Objects
- Exposure to Hazardous Substances
- Fires & Explosions
It is essential to understand that without the help of an attorney, you might not receive the maximum compensation allowable under the law. You have the right to legal representation, and exercising that right ensures that you get the best outcome possible.
What Will Workers’ Compensation Cover?
If workers’ compensation law covers your injury, you might be entitled to several benefits.
Depending on the case, workers’ compensation may provide:
- Temporary or permanent total disability benefits
- Temporary or permanent partial disability benefits
- medical/hospitalization benefits (medical expenses)
- Wage reimbursement benefits (lost wages)
- Vocational rehabilitation benefits
- Death and funeral benefits
It is important to note, that while you do need to seek medical treatment to prove your injuries, you are able to see the doctor of your choice. You are not required to receive treatment by a provided health care provider in order to obtain workers’ compensation benefits.
What If My Claim Is Denied?
Your claim may be denied for several reasons including that it was filed outside of the statute of limitations or that your injury was not covered. If your claim is denied, you have the right to request an appeal. A Maryland work injury lawyer can help you understand your rights including what to do if your claim is denied.
The appeals process can be challenging. It is always in your best interest to speak with an attorney as early as possible. Meeting mandatory deadlines and filing the proper paperwork can help limit the chances that your claim will be denied.
Can I Sue My Employer?
Under many circumstances, filing a claim through workers’ compensation is the exclusive remedy if you are injured on the job. However, there are exceptions. In some instances, you may be able to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a party that caused you or your loved one harm.
Injured on the Job? Contact Our Office for a Free Consultation.
If you were injured on the job, contact our office at (410) 685-2022 to schedule a free consultation. All case evaluations are confidential and without obligation to retain our firm.
At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., we have recovered over $200 million in verdicts and settlements for injured parties throughout Maryland. We have a proven track record of success and will work tirelessly to get you the results you deserve. Call now to discuss your case directly with a member of our legal team.