A workplace injury can be painful and disabling. In addition to the physical trauma, a work injury can also lead to financial hardship. How can you pay your bills and support your family when you are too injured to work?
What is a Workplace Injury?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines a workplace injury as any injury or illness that occurred “if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing injury or illness. Work-relatedness is presumed for injuries and illnesses resulting from events or exposures occurring in the work environment, unless an exception in § 1904.5(b)(2) specifically applies” [OSHA]. The work environment is defined as “the establishment and other locations where one or more employees are working or are present as a condition of their employment. The work environment includes not only physical locations, but also the equipment or materials used by the employee during the course of his or her work” [OSHA].
Who pays for your injury?
Don’t worry. If your job is covered by workers’ compensation, your medical bills and a portion of your weekly wages will be paid even when you are unable to work. But it doesn’t happen automatically. Dealing with the workers’ compensation system can be complex and confusing. That’s why you need a very good lawyer.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job in Maryland, contact the Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Jaklitsch Law Group by contacting us online or feel free to call for a free consultation at 301-627-8700 or 866-586-6079.
Your Right to Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Whether you were injured in a construction accident or developed a debilitating repetitive stress injury at an office job, you have a right to receive workers’ compensation benefits. In the state of Maryland, the harm an employee suffered has to have been the direct cause of an accidental event occurring in the course of employment in order to receive coverage for workers’ compensation. Also, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you have an occupational disease.
Types of Workers’ Compensation
There are two types of workers’ compensation in the state of Maryland:
- Temporary Total Disability Benefits – If the employee experiences an injury that has a direct result of a disability preventing him or her from going back to work then the worker may be entitled to Temporary Total Disability Benefits. This is often seen as the healing period after an accident or injury.
- Temporary Partial Disability Benefits – Employees who have been injured but are able to return to work either part time or in limited capacity may be entitled to Temporary Partial Disability Benefits.
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
At the Jaklitsch Law Group, our workers’ compensation attorneys can help you through the process to make certain you are receiving all the benefits to which you are entitled. Please contact our law office today if:
- You need assistance with your workers’ compensation claim
- You need to appeal a claim denial
- Your workers’ comp benefits were terminated
- You are not receiving the correct amount of workers’ comp benefits
- You are having difficulty getting appropriate treatment for your injury
- You are being pressured to return to work before you are able to do so
- You want to receive a lump sum payment of benefits instead of weekly payments
Our attorneys are skilled in workers’ compensation law. We will analyze your case to determine whether you have a right to receive financial compensation in addition to workers’ compensation. If the negligence of someone other than your employer caused your injury, we will file a third party claim against the person or organization that caused you harm.
Ask a Maryland Workers Comp Attorney
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation, please contact the Jaklitsch Law Group today. From our office in Upper Marlboro in Prince George’s County, Maryland, our workers’ compensation lawyers represent injured people throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.