Workers’ Compensation Benefits for School EmployeesSeptember 6, 2018
Unlike a busy construction site or a bustling warehouse, the school environment is generally not considered to be a hazardous place to work. There is no dangerous scaffolding, little to no heavy equipment used, and no debris falling from shelving or other elevated spaces. Unfortunately, accidents can happen anywhere, including schools.
In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), school custodians and building cleaners have one of the highest rates of work-related injuries, resulting in more missed work days than police officers. When it comes to work-related injuries, educators and other school workers are entitled to the same
Workers’ Compensation benefits that are available to workers in other industries.
Common Injuries for School Employees
Teachers, custodians, administrators, and other school employees can be injured on the job in numerous ways. The following are examples of some of the more common types of school-related injuries:
- Slip and fall
- Injuries related to falling equipment
- Assault from a student or fellow employee
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Burns or chemical exposure (can occur in chemistry labs)
All school employees, including teachers, school nurses, school counsellors, and custodians, are covered under Workers’ Compensation insurance, effective their first day of employment. This includes any injuries that occur on school property, or while driving from one work location to another.
Benefits will not be provided if the injury occurred while the employee was intoxicated, or if he or she was hurt while trying to harm another individual.
Steps to Take If Injured on School Property
The Department of Education requires injured workers to report the injury within 24 hours of the incident. However, Maryland Workers’ Compensation law states that workers have 30 days to notify their employer of the injury, and 60 days from the injury to file a claim. In some cases, though, the claim may be filed within two years after the injury.
School employees who have been injured at work should take the following steps to secure Workers’ Compensation benefits:
- Report the injury to your supervisor within the required period of time. If you fail to do this, you may have difficulty collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits.
- Seek medical attention for your injury. While it is recommended that you see your personal physician, you may also be required to see a doctor or visit a facility that is recommended by your board of education. Keep copies of all medical records and receipts related to your injury.
- File a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission.
- Obtain legal representation. A skilled Workers’ Compensation lawyer can guide you through every step of the claims process.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect the Rights of Injured School Workers
If you or a loved one have been injured while working in a school environment, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will thoroughly explain all the benefits that you are entitled to and ensure that your legal rights are protected at all times. We will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.