At our law firm, we advise injured workers throughout Maryland on Workers’ Compensation issues. A new unreported case from the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland illustrates the complexity of the state Workers’ Compensation Act and the importance of having an experienced lawyer involved at all stages of a claim, if possible.
At Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., our attorneys represent the surviving family members and dependents of workers in the state who have died in work-related injuries or occupational injuries. Surviving loved ones may be eligible for death and dependent benefits through Workers' Compensation.
When you agree to employment with a company, you do so under the understanding that they know what benefits you'll be receiving, both through their own company and through state and federal law. A fundamental benefit of employment is the Workers' Compensation insurance program, in which injured workers receive compensation for medical bills, time away from work and other recovery or rehabilitation-related coverage. It's a well-known program, yet a recent study shows that many employers do not know coverage rules.
Getting medical treatment is one of the most important things you can do after a workplace injury. However, many employers require that you see their hand-picked physician to determine the extent of your injuries, and you may worry that this person won’t be impartial. This is a valid concern. Even though workers' compensation claims don’t imply fault on the part of the employer, the insurers who pay out workers’ comp claims are always trying to save money. If you feel that this has negatively impacted your medical evaluation, you have a few options.
The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland released an unpublished opinion illustrating “estoppel” in the context of a late workers’ compensation claim. Estoppel provides relief when someone is legally harmed by reasonably relying on another person’s behavior or statements.
Broadly, injuries that occur during a normal commute to work are normally not covered by Maryland Workers’ Compensation, unless a special exception applies. This concept is called the going-and coming rule.
Last month, we wrote about two bills that awaited review on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk. We now know that he decided to sign both into law, a positive sign for state workers.
Firefighters face exposure to toxic chemicals, substances and gases on a regular basis when they run toward danger on all of our behalves. Maryland law presumes that when they get certain diseases in particular circumstances, Workers’ Compensation benefits will be awarded.
A bill has landed on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk that would move state correctional officers into a category of public service employees who already get a higher level of Workers’ Compensation benefits in certain situations. As of this April 4 writing, WorkCompCentral reports that HB 205 passed through both houses of the legislature almost unanimously, but the governor has not indicated whether he supports the change.
When a Maryland employee gets a work-related injury or disease, he or she is eligible for Workers’ Compensation. When the worker is found to be temporarily totally disabled, he or she receives wage replacement benefits equal to two-thirds of average weekly wage.