Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Fight for Your Rights and Compensation Following an Injury on the Job
Dedicated to helping injured workers pursue justice
Being injured on the job can turn your world upside down. Thinking about how you’ll support your family, and when you’ll be able to get back to work, can add unneeded stress to your recovery. You’ve worked hard for your employer, and deserve to be compensated fairly for your injury. Luckily, almost every Maryland employer must carry workers’ compensation insurance. Unfortunately, the process of submitting a claim can sometimes be complex and lengthy. If you’ve been injured on the job, you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help navigate your claim through the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission’s process. Our knowledgeable Baltimore workers’ compensation attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC have decades of experience and work vigorously with you through every step of your claim.
When am I eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim?
In Maryland, you can claim compensation for an on-the-job injury that “arises out of and in the course of employment.” In plain English, that means the injury had to either occur when you were performing your job, or because of the conditions required in order for you to perform your job. As an example of the latter instance, an injury could include a disease developed because of harmful fumes inhaled at the worksite.
However, not all injuries are covered just because they happened at work. For example, you may not be covered for an injury sustained while commuting to work, but could be covered if it instead happened at your company summer outing. Also, you may not be covered if you’re an independent contractor, as opposed to an actual employee. As you can see, the distinction between covered and non-covered injuries can be confusing. That’s why it is important you have a trusted advocate representing you as you make your claim.
What types of compensation may I be entitled to receive?
Depending on the severity of the injury and resulting disability, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act provides for different levels of benefits, including:
- Temporary Total Disability Benefits – This “healing period” applies when an employee’s injury prevents them completely from returning to work. The period of disability is important – if it lasts less than 14 days the employee may not be eligible for compensation for the first three days following the injury. As an example, this may include time to recover after surgery to treat a hernia sustained on the job.
- Temporary Partial Disability Benefits – This category is intended to be temporary and generally applies when the employee is not totally disabled. For example, an employee who works 80% of the time on their feet sustains a leg injury on the job that requires them to avoid walking for the next six weeks. As a result, the employee can only perform the 20% of their duties that can be accomplished while sitting. This employee will likely be eligible to receive compensation for the 80% of her work she’s unable to perform due to the injury.
- Permanent Total Disability Benefits – Sadly, some injuries are severe enough that the employee will never again be able to perform their occupation. Maryland law provides guidance on some of the situations that will qualify for permanent total disability, including loss of the use of both arms, both eyes, both feet, both hands, both legs, or a combination of any of these two appendages.
- Permanent Partial Disability Benefits – When an injury leaves an employee partially impaired, they may be entitled to benefits to help make up the wage difference from what they were previously able to earn.
- Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits – If your injury prevents you from continuing in your previous occupation, but you are able to perform other types of work, your employer may be required to provide assistance to help you through that transition. This could include job training, job placement, and vocational counseling.
Your employer has the right to challenge your claim and the level of benefits to which you’re entitled. Depending on the severity of your injury or illness, this hearing process can ultimately affect the compensation you receive for the rest of your life. It is so important you have a team of tough, dedicated Baltimore workers’ compensation attorneys committed to you and your claim. At Mallon & McCool, LLC, we will aggressively defend your claim and work to ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve.
Our Baltimore workers’ compensation lawyers work tirelessly to see you get the compensation you deserve
The workers’ compensation claim process can be lengthy, stressful, and full of complex legal proceedings. But waiting to file a claim can impede your chances of success. The Baltimore workers’ compensation attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC are dedicated to building a strong case for your workplace injury claim. Don’t wait. Our offices are conveniently located in the Baltimore area and in Washington, D.C. To schedule a free consultation, call our law firm at (410) 727-7887, toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online today.