Being injured on the job can be an extremely intimidating experience. It can be difficult to get honest answers about where to go for help and what benefits are available. The attorneys at Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., have extensive experience representing injured workers in all aspects of workers' comp claims.
We work hard to ensure that injury victims have access to the information they need following a serious workplace accident. In an effort to provide you with the essential information you need as you begin the workers' compensation process, we have compiled some of the workers' comp FAQs that we get from our clients.
- My employer says I don't need a workers' compensation lawyer. Is that true?
- What are my rights?
- Can I sue my employer if I have been injured at work?
- My claim has been denied. What should I do?
- My spouse was killed in a workplace accident. Do I have grounds for a claim?
Q: My employer says I don't need a workers' compensation lawyer. Is that true?
A: It is true that you are not required to have an attorney, but most people find it very beneficial. Most employees don't know their rights under Maryland workers' compensation law, which puts your employer and the insurance company at a significant advantage. If you don't know all your rights, you could leave thousands of dollars in lost benefits on the table. We know your rights and will work to ensure that you receive the full measure of benefits available for your case.
Q: What are my rights?
A: The complete answer to that question will depend largely on the facts of your case. The short answer, however, is that you are entitled to benefits to compensate for a percentage of your lost wages and medical care related to the injury. You may also have the right to seek disability benefits, vocational services and other benefits. We will help you understand your rights and work to ensure that they are protected.
Q: Can I sue my employer if I have been injured at work?
A: No, in most cases. Workers' compensation benefits are the only form of relief available from an employer. However, if someone other than your employer was partially or completely responsible for the accident that caused your injuries, you may have grounds for a separate personal injury claim. We will review your case and explain your legal options.
Q: My claim has been denied. What should I do?
A: Fight back. Too many injured workers receive a notification of denial and wrongly assume that they have no further say in the matter. Maryland law allows you to dispute the decision. Our attorneys have been successful in representing injured workers in hearings and appeals following the denial of a claim.
Q: My spouse was killed in a workplace accident. Do I have grounds for a claim?
A: Yes. Under the Maryland Workers' Compensation Act, the families of workers who are killed on the job or die from an occupational disease are entitled to seek certain death benefits, including a specified amount for funeral expenses. We will review your case and explain the benefits that may be available for you and your children.
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