Baltimore City Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
For 30 years, LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, has assisted numerous injured workers in Maryland pursue the Workers’ Compensation benefits to which they are entitled. Throughout the years, our Workers’ Compensation lawyers in Baltimore City have gained in-depth knowledge and skill in fielding and filing a variety of Workers’ Compensation claims and achieving results for our clients. We will help recover the benefits you deserve after untimely workplace injuries that have incurred at work or complications arising from an occupational disease.
Workers’ Compensation Basics
Under Maryland law, Workers’ Compensation insurance offers injured employees the opportunity to secure benefits that cover, but are not limited to, medical treatment and lost income compensation that accompanies injuries sustained on the job, and must be provided by employers in the state. Injured workers are not required to prove their employer was at fault for the accident in order to claim benefits. This allows workers to recover from their injury without the stress of litigation or worrying about the cost of medical treatment or other necessary expenditures. Consequently, covered employees forego the right to sue their employer for injuries sustained in workplace accidents. Although there are exceptions to the rule, in most workplace injury cases, obtaining Workers’ Compensation is the best solution for employees who are hurt on the job.
Injured Employee Benefits and Levels of Disability
The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission oversees the state program that conforms to current Workers’ Compensation laws, and dictates the legal standards for what constitutes a disability for injured employees, and the level at which they are considered disabled:
- Temporary Partial Disability, which means the disability is temporary, and the extent is partial. The employee is receiving medical treatment and is working, although it may be at a different job for a lower pay rate than before the injury.
- Temporary Total Disability, which means the disability itself is temporary, but the extent is total. The employee is receiving medical treatment and cannot work at all due to the injury and is considered disabled.
- Permanent Partial Disability, which means the disability is permanent, but the extent is partial. The employee has reached the maximum level of medical recovery and can work, but the injury has rendered the worker unable to handle the same job.
- Permanent Total Disability, which means the disability is permanent, and the extent is total. The employee has reached the maximum level of medical recovery, but cannot work in the same job or any other due to the injury.
Under the state’s schedule of benefits for particular injuries and losses, the following may be covered:
- Payment of medical expenses
- Partial compensation for lost income
- Compensation for complete loss of, or loss of use of, specific body parts
- Vocational rehabilitation for injured employees who are unable to resume their prior work positions.
Employee Injury Coverage
When an employee sustains a physical or mental injury while performing jobs for or as directed by an employer, they are eligible to receive compensation for said injuries. The injury must arise from or during the course of employment. A workplace injury is one in which the employee gets hurt during a specific event like sustaining a back injury from a fall. An occupational disease differs in that the injury or medical condition compounds over the course of one’s employment, while the workers is employed in the same job, performing the same duties. An example would be a worker who contracts a disease such as lung cancer while working in adverse environmental conditions. Although both ailments are equally compensable, Maryland state law considers the two conditions separate types of injuries. In the case of occupational disease, the claim must be filed within one year of informing the employer.
In some workplaces, work injuries may occur more often. Generally, workers in the construction industry incur more work injuries than those in other industries. Although some workplaces are notoriously subject to more work injuries, this in no way means that other businesses are excluded from workplace accidents. If you sustain an injury at work, you should not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.
Baltimore City Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Fight for Maximum Benefits for Injured Workers
Although it is not a requirement to hire an attorney when filing or pursuing a Workers’ Compensation claim, navigating the unfamiliar territory by yourself could prove challenging and result in a denial of benefits. We encourage you to contact LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton for a free consultation, so that we can guide you through the vague areas of the law. Remember that your employer and their insurance carrier will retain lawyers, so you are strongly advised to do the same. Call our highly skilled and experienced Baltimore City Workers’ Compensation lawyers at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online for a free consultation.