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Maryland Worker's Compensation Blog

Worker's compensation Maryland lawyers blog - Shugarman & Mehring

Who is Paying for Workers’ Compensation?

One of the most common questions about workers’ compensation is “where the money given to an injured employee come from?” Though the specific systems vary a bit from state to state, the money comes from either a recipient’s employer or a state program. Some states have workers’ compensation insurance programs, while others issue payments directly from a company to the recipient.

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Tips for Choosing a Maryland Workers Compensation Attorney

One of the first things you should do when you need to defend a workers’ compensation claim is to hire an Maryland worker's compensation attorney to assist you. Even if your employer doesn’t fight your claim, there is a good chance the insurance company will call it into question, and their team of attorneys will be working hard to protect their bottom line. You deserve legal representation, too, and you should choose someone who has experience defending employee’s claims.

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Who is Covered by Workers’ Compensation in Maryland?

Like every other state, Maryland offers protection for employees who are injured on the job. If a person is injured, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure he or she receives the appropriate medical care and financial compensation. Furthermore, the employer must allow the employee the appropriate amount of time to heal before returning to his or her work.

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What is Maryland’s Going and Coming Rule?

Maryland’s “going and coming rule” applies to workers’ compensation cases in the state and is designed to prevent employees from receiving workers’ compensation benefits for injuries that incur commuting to and from work. The law assumes that an employee is willing to accept responsibility for his or her travel to and from the workplace, and guarantees that employers will not be forced to pay any benefits if an accident resulting in injuries should occur.

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How a Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help You after the Loss of a Loved One

As someone who has just lost a loved one unexpectedly, the last thing on your mind is a lawsuit. This is understandable. Life took an unexpected turn and no amount of money can ever replace what you have lost.

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Five Things to Do if You are Injured in an Auto Accident in Maryland

Auto accidents happen every day in Maryland and if you are one of the unlucky people who is injured on the road, there are several things you need to know. Having an idea how you will handle the situation when and if it occurs can help you avoid panicking in the moment.

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What You Should Know about Workers’ Compensation

Were you injured while working? Are you suffering chronic pain – mild or moderate – directly caused by the work you do every day? You are entitled to financial compensation to help you restore your health and make ends meet while your injury or illness is treated.

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May I chose my doctor?

Yes.  The law allows the Claimant to select a doctor of their choice.
However, the Maryland physician must agree to accept payment in accordance with the Maryland Worker’s Compensation Fee Schedule in full pay and cannot look to the Claimant for payment of any other monies.  Accordingly, the Claimant should confirm before treatment that the physician agrees to accept the Maryland Worker’s Compensation Fee Schedule.

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If my case goes to a hearing, where will the hearing be held?

There are seven (7) locations where Maryland Worker’s Compensation Claims are held, i.e. Baltimore, Frederick, Beltsville, Cambridge, LaPlata, Abingdon and Lavale. Generally, the Commission will assign your hearing at the location closest to the Claimant’s home. The attorneys of Shugarman & Mehring regularly attend hearings at each of these locations.
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Who pays my attorney?

An attorney is paid only if they are successful in recovering for their clients in worker’s compensation claims.   Generally, there are no fees taken from the medical expenses or temporary total benefits if the case is uncontested.  If the case is contested and a hearing is necessary before a Maryland Worker’s Compensation Commissioner, the Commissioner may award the attorney up to 10% of your temporary total benefits as an attorney fee.  

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Do I need an attorney?

This would depend on the nature of your case.  If you have sustained injuries such as a bruise or small cut which would heal completely, and the Employer/Insurer have agreed to pay your medical bills, it should not be necessary to have attorney assistance.

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Is the money paid by the Worker’s Compensation Commission?

No.  The law requires every employer to carry worker’s compensation insurance from a private insurance company.  The Worker’s Compensation Commission administers the law and resolves disputes between employees and employer/insurers

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When will my benefits begin.

Some insurers will begin the benefits without the necessity of filing a formal claim with the Maryland Worker’s Compensation Commission.  Once a claim is filed with the Maryland Worker’s Compensation Commission, the insurer has 21 days within which to begin paying benefits or file to contest the claim

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What benefits are provided?

There are several benefits available through worker’s compensation.
The three (3) most common are:

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Am I eligible for worker’s compensation benefits?

Answer: If you are an employee and injured on the job, or sustained a work related occupational disease, you are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits regardless of how the injury or disease occurred.

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