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Q: I was hurt three months ago at work went to doctor then surgen then he put me out work. Will there be pay wc will cover

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Apr 4, 2017

You are entitled to be paid temporary total disability/ lost wages at 2/3 your normal gross wages. Because its been 3 months the defense may challenge the case but hopefully not.

In addition to ttd you may qualify for permanency money, mileage , medical payment, and potentially voc rehab. If you have not hired an attorney consider doing so.

Consultations are free and attorney fees come out of money recovered for you and not directly out of your pocket.

I wish you...
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Q: I was mailed a workmans compensation first report of injury or illness form do i fill this out or my job?

2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Apr 3, 2017

Typically the first report of injury is filed by the employer and it starts the statute of limitations period. The injured worker is responsible to file the claim form c30. This should be done with a workers comp attorney so that it can be done properly and not cause issues in the future.

Please note a claim with the insurance company does not protect you legally and a c30 must be filed to prevent loss of rights like compensation, wage loss, voc rehab, and paid medical....
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Q: If my brother was hurt in an accident can I sue on his behalf?

4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 31, 2017

It is important to know whether your brother does not wish to bring a suit on his own behalf, or if he is physically unable to because of an incapacity. More information would be needed.
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Q: Person on TTD in MD with 2 full time jobs in MD, are they entitled to pay from both jobs?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 30, 2017

Unfortunately Maryland law does state what you have been told. There are however other means of recovering money which can be used to recouperate your losses. Industrial loss may be an argument worth making. Also, public safety employees are entitled to increased benefits at the time of permanency. If you have not lawyered up it may be worth you consideration.

As a workers comp attorney in Maryland I occassionally come across the inequities that you are now experiencing. I wish...
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Q: Do you file for workers comp at work or with a state office?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 17, 2017

Yes. It is particularly important to file with the workers comp commission. An attorney can help you fill out the claim form if needed. Attorneys do charge a fee unless money is recovered.
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Q: Had workers comp. They ended it after the doctor stated lm to return back to work , retured back to doctor months later

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 16, 2017

Once you are MMI you are no longer temporarily disabled so the ttd checks are stopped. Until voc rehab starts there is little if any entitlement to weekly benefits. Depending on your circumstances your attorney may be able to get you paid for the period. If you have no attorney you should consider getting one

Good Luck

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Q: My husband was not notified but found out he has been assigned an attorney for his WC case by the carrier.

3 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Car Accidents for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 15, 2017

It sounds like the insurance company has referred their case to their attorney. Most likely the new attorney will evaluate the claim and make their recommendations to the insurance adjuster. The recommendation could be to accept the case and pay for medical and lost wages, or to challenge the case on any basis.

If the adjuster has an attorney than your husband is most likely going to be at a great disadvantage and not on a level playing field. Claimant's attorneys (attorneys for...
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Q: How can I tell if my employer offers workers compensation benefits?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Feb 24, 2017

They are required to have a wc policy by law. You can search for the insurance provider on the Maryland Workers Compensation commission website.

Good luck!
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Q: If you are hurt in a hit and run accident can you still claim damages?

4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Maryland on
Answered on Feb 10, 2017

Yes you can. These are somewhat complicated cases that eventually require a judgement against the Maryland Unsatisfied Claim and Judgement division of MAIF. It is best to contact an attorney to discuss this process and your case.

Good Luck
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Q: Are there circumstances where you can file a workers' comp claim and a personal injury lawsuit when you're injured on

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Feb 1, 2017

Absolutely. This is common in cases involving an employee driving a company car and involved in a collision. Other circumstances exist such as trip and fall incidents while working on another business or persons property. Contact a Maryland work injury attorney to discuss further. Good luck!
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Q: Is there any way for a freelance worker/contractor to receive workers' comp benefits if injured on the job?

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 14, 2017

There is a chance workers comp benefits can be recovered. A conversation with a Maryland Workers compensation attorney is necessary because many factors of the particular case come in to play. Good Luck.
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Q: I was severely injured in a car accident and have been focusing on my recovery and physical therapy for the past couple

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Maryland on
Answered on Dec 21, 2016

Under Maryland jurisdiction There is a time limit of 3 years from the date of accident. Call an attorney asap. I wish you good luck!
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Q: CAN MY EMPLOYOR TERMINATE MY EMPLOYEMENT WHEN WORKER COMP. PAYMENTS ARE ORDERED IT IS COURT ORDER

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Dec 18, 2016

Maryland law provides very little job protection when it comes to workers comp cases. Unfortunately many of my clients lose their job after sustaining a work place injury. Its of no fault of their own but employers sometime take advantage of the circumstances and terminate employment. What may be availabe is vocational rehab benefits and fmla protection. Consult a workers comp attorney for a free consultation asap. I wish you good luck!
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Q: I'm dissatisfied with my workers' comp attorney but we're in the middle of my case. Can I still switch to someone else?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Dec 16, 2016

You can switch attorneys at anytime. It is always a good idea to try and speak with your current attorney and discuss why you are disatisfied and if he or she can make some changes to meet your needs. If the attorney to client relationship is beyond repair than your new attorney will have to split the fee with the prior attorney. I wish you good luck!
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Q: What types of injuries and illnesses are covered by workers' comp? Does it vary by profession?

3 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 22, 2016

There is some variance as to the common injuries covered under wc but ordinarily it is " the cause" of the injury or disease. For example lung cancer is easier proved when a firefighter suffers from it. Carpal tunnel when a cosmetologist suffers from it. Usually with strains and broken bones it is a matter of how the accident happened. Its best to contact a maryland workers compensation attorney directly to discuss your case. Consultations are always free! Good luck!
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Q: I was injured in a car accident when a police car side-swiped me while it was pursuing someone else

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 16, 2016

The local tort claims act will place especially urgent deadlines on you as a plaintiff that ordinarily dont matter. Contact an attorney and get your claim started asap. Good luck!
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Q: I was injured in 2002 after 3 surgeries I was award ppd with lifetime medicals in 2006 now in 2016 they want a ime

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Oct 31, 2016

Unfortunately the insurer/workers comp wiil be able to send you to ime's whenever they want as long as it is reasonable. Contact your prior attorney or call a new one to discuss.
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Q: I'm hiring a guy to paint my house and am trying to figure out what kind of insurance he should have.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Oct 28, 2016

There is always the possibility of you being on the hook. Even if he does have a workers comp policy you may be susceptible to a lawsuit. Workers comp usually only protects the employer who has the policy. So for you to benefit from maryland workers comp laws you would have to have your own policy. Whether or not you need a policy would depend on alot of factors and whether you would be considered an "employer".
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Q: How long does it take to get a subsequent Injury hearing with workers compensation in maryland?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Sep 27, 2016

The answer to this question can vary greatly depending on the location of the claimants residence, the hearing volume of the Maryland Workers Comp commission at the time of filing for the hearing, and other factors. In my experience I have seen Subsequent Injury Fund hearing set in as soon as three months and as long as 6 months. It is best to discuss your case with your current attorney.

Good luck at your hearing!
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Q: got hurt working a state job was told by state doctor couldn't return and had to take a desk job.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Maryland on
Answered on Sep 13, 2016

This is a complicated question which depends on any contract obligations they have as well as any employee manual. If you were hurt on the job you would possibly be entitled to workers compensation benefits which could include being paid a portion of your lost wages back to you. Also, with an attorney's help you may qualify for compensation depending on any permanent problems. It would help to have an in office consultation with an attorney to discuss your rights and pursuit of the...
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