Silver Spring Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Workers’ compensation laws in Maryland can be confusing, and involve very strict guidelines for what is considered a workplace injury. If you or a loved one has been injured while performing the duties of your job, or a loved one has died from injuries sustained during a workplace injury, call our personal injury law firm today for information on what rights you might have.

Why Hire a Silver Spring Workers Compensation Lawyer?

There are a number of reasons to work with an experienced lawyer when you are trying to ensure that you receive the full benefits of your workers’ compensation coverage.  The most important one, however, is to ensure that you are not taken advantage of or lost in the complexities of the system.  Our Silver Spring workers compensation attorneys have experience handling the paperwork and explaining the workers’ compensation process to clients, taking an otherwise frustrating time and helping to make it smoother and less inconvenient.

However, it is important to remember that every workers’ compensation claim is different and that it will be necessary to demonstrate that the nature of your injuries qualifies you to receive compensation. Our Silver Spring workers compensation lawyers can help, but only after you call in and conduct your free initial consultation to give us a better idea of your unique case.

Montgomery County Statistics and Requirements

Montgomery County had the fourth highest number of workers’ compensation claims with 2,043 workers claiming they were injured on the job, compared to 1,990 in 2010. Montgomery County must follow State of Maryland Workers’ Compensation regulations, which require all employees to obtain workers’ compensation insurance or become a self-insured employer.

All costs for workers’ compensation insurance must be paid by the employer, and any employer who attempts to deduct the cost of such coverage from an employee’s salary is considered in violation of the law and may be found guilty of a misdemeanor. If an employee injury results in a disability of more than three days, the employer is required to report the accident to the Workers’ Compensation Commission within 10 days after the employee notifies the employer of the incident.

Covered Injuries

Not all injuries are automatically covered by Maryland law, even if the injury occurs while performing regular job duties. The law specifically states that workers’ compensation only covers “accidental personal injury arising out of and in the course of employment.” Many employers may claim that the injury did not occur during the normal course of employment, some even suggesting the injury occurred as the result of negligence on the part of the employee. Because it is sometimes difficult to determine if an injury falls within these guidelines, it is highly recommended that anyone injured on the job, or while performing duties related to the job, contact a qualified Silver Spring workers compensation lawyer to safeguard their rights under the law.

Permanent Disability

In some cases, an injury is determined to be so serious an employee is unable to return to work at all, resulting in total disability. In Maryland, the loss of both arms, eyes, feet, hands or legs, or a combination loss of an arm, eye, foot, hand or leg, automatically result in permanent total disability. For those whose injury is not severe enough to make them permanently disabled, and who are able to perform some types of work, they may be eligible for permanent partial disability benefits. Maryland law sets the compensation for a permanent partial disability at 50% of the difference between the employee’s average weekly wage and the wage-earning capacity of the employee in the same or other employment while injured.

In some cases, an occupational illness may also make an employee eligible for permanent disability. When a decision of permanent total disability is awarded, employers must pay the employee compensation equal to two-thirds of the average weekly wage. In addition, the benefits are subject to an annual cost of living adjustment not to exceed five percent.

Medical Benefits

Workers’ compensation insurance also pays for medical and hospitalization costs when an employee suffers an injury or occupational disease that is covered under the regulations. Medical, surgical, hospital, nursing, medicine, crutches and prosthetic appliances are all examples of medical benefits covered under workers’ compensation. These payments may continue indefinitely until a licensed physician determines that the employee is no longer disabled. In addition, the employee may be eligible for lost wages during the period he is unable to work. When an employee may no longer perform the duties due to an injury on the job, the employer may also be responsible for any vocational rehabilitation necessary, including training for another position.

Call Our Law Offices Today

There’s no reason to wait if you deserve workers’ compensation benefits.  Call a Silver Spring workers compensation lawyer with our firm today to make sure that your best interests are represented throughout the process.  Our legal team is standing by to take your call and conduct your initial consultation free of charge.