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Injuries that occur during the course of your normal job duties require quick action to help you back to health and avoid a personal financial crisis.
The workers’ compensation system is designed to give employees the ability to collect reimbursement promptly for lost wages, medical bills and other expenses occasioned by a job-related accident or illness. Unfortunately, the system does not always work as intended, so skillful legal guidance may be required to collect the benefits you are entitled to. Holzman & Dickriede assists injured workers throughout the Baltimore area in all types of workers’ compensation claims and appeals, including cases relating to lifting injuries, industrial accidents, vehicle collisions and repetitive-stress conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Serving Maryland clients since 1966, we offer knowledgeable guidance on the workers’ compensation process, including:
Once an injury has occurred at work or you’ve recognized that an illness or chronic condition is connected to your employment, your employer should have an Employee Claim Form or you can complete one online.
From the outset of your injury or illness, medical expenses are covered by workers’ compensation benefits according to the state’s fee guide. This also includes related items such as rehabilitation costs, transportation to medical appointments and adjustments that must be made to your home in order to accommodate your disability.
During the period when someone is unable to perform their job duties due to a work-related condition, they can collect two-thirds of their average weekly income up to a limit set by the state. For 2019, that weekly maximum is $1,116. When someone is limited in their work, but still is earning some wages, the rate is based on two-thirds of the difference between their normal pay rate and what they are receiving following the injury.
Fatalities stemming from a workplace accident or disease fall under the workers’ compensation system. Spouses and dependents can receive payment for up to 500 weeks after the tragic incident.
Once maximum medical improvement has been achieved, partial and total disability benefits are available if an impairment or disfigurement still exists. We’ll show you how your particular type of disability is handled by the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission.
An employer or insurance company might question whether the injury occurred in the course of employment. In other situations, they might not agree with the medical diagnosis or treatment.
When the insurer denies your claim, you have 30 days to file an appeal with the Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Our lawyers will collect the necessary evidence for the appeal and advocate for you during the hearing before a commissioner.
If the denial is not reversed, a request for a rehearing needs to be submitted within 15 days of the decision.
After that, the next step is entering a Notice of Appeal with the relevant Circuit Court.
Holzman & Dickriede represents injured Maryland employees in workers’ compensation claims and appeals.