Questions Answered by Andrew M. Rodabaugh

Q: How bad does it look to go through two lawyers and want to get rid of your third one in a workers comp case?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 31, 2018

The real issue is going to be your ability to find a fourth attorney that will get involved for only 1/4 of the potential fee. With each new attorney the fee share gets reduced incrementally.

Good luck and I wish you well!
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Q: What happens if you resign from your job, before the workers comp case is finished?

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 29, 2018

If you have an attorney contact them. Ordinarily your medical benefits will not be affected by finding new employment. The 2/3 check will likely stop. Also, resigning may affect your ability to seek vocational rehabilitation in the future under your case. If you are not able to lift over 30 lbs then there is a possibility that you may need vocational rehabilitation in the future. If you do not have an attorney then its probably best to seek one out for a consultation before making the...
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Q: Who does FELA apply to? Are these benefits in addition to regular workers' comp or a replacement of them?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 15, 2018

You should consult a Federal workers compensation attorney. Good luck!

This information is not legal advice nor does it establish an attorney to client relationship. To retain an attorney an in person interview must be conducted and a retainer agreement must be signed.
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Q: DoI have to return to work if I am still hurt from workers compensation.Fingers still not bend I am a correctional off

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 15, 2018

Please see my response to your prior post. These matters can be complicated and an in office discussion with a qualified workers compensation attorney is needed.

This information is not legal advice nor does it establish an attorney to client relationship. To retain an attorney an in person interview must be conducted and a retainer agreement must be signed.
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Q: Hi. I am a correctional officer and have been for 13 years. Fell at work and broke two fingers my index,and middle finge

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 15, 2018

You should consult a workers comp attorney in person as there is a lot of information that is needed to properly advise. Depending on the injuries you may be entitled to permanency money, vocational rehabilitation, and more. Good luck!

This information is not legal advice nor does it establish an attorney to client relationship. To retain an attorney an in person interview must be conducted and a retainer agreement must be signed.
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Q: My lawyer told me that my job is trying to fight my workers comp case, what does this mean excalty?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 15, 2018

Consult your attorney! Good luck!

This information is not legal advice nor does it establish an attorney to client relationship. To retain an attorney an in person interview must be conducted and a retainer agreement must be signed.
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Q: Is there anything I can do about not getting any training from work if got injured and had to have surgery

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 15, 2018

Yes. Under workers compensation laws of Maryland you very likely would qualify for vocational rehabilitation. If it has not been offered to you an attorney can help get this approved. You would receive payments from workers comp while looking for a job with the assistance of a voc counselor.

Workers comp attorneys do not charge a fee unless money is recovered. Seek out a consultation. Good Luck!

This information is not legal advice nor does it establish an attorney to...
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Q: I was injured at my full-time job. How do I know whether I'm covered by workers' comp?

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 27, 2017

There are a number of facts that will determine if you are covered. A discussion with a workers comp attorney is your first step. Consultations are free.
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Q: If my employer offers a settlement over a work injury, can I still file a claim for workers' comp if I accept it?

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Oct 24, 2017

This is likely not a good idea. As Mr. Kirk has indicated settlements must be approved by the Workers Compensation Commission or they are not valid.

I suggest you contact an attorney to discuss further any ramifications this may have on your ability to file a claim.
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Q: My wife slipped and fell at work.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Maryland on
Answered on Oct 13, 2017

Your wife should consider filing a work comp claim. Not only file with the correct insurance company but also the work comp commission. Consult a workers comp attorney. She is entitled to lost wage payments. We work on a contingency basis so no fee is paid unless money is recovered. Good Luck to you and your wife!
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Q: What happens during a workers comp claim when the company changes owners?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Oct 9, 2017

The workers comp claim will not change substantially as the workers comp insurer will remain the same and have the same legal obligations. The issue to be concerned with is the employment relationship between your mother and the employer. An employer can take action that will affect your mothers benefits. It is recommended that if your mother has not consulted an attorney, or is not represented she should so that she can take some proper precautions.

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Q: How can I make the other insurance company pay, when the driver hit me making a wrong turn and won't respond to calls

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Maryland on
Answered on Oct 3, 2017

Consult an attorney right away. If the other driver is at fault you are entitled to be paid by their insurance company even if they can not contact the driver. That is their problem.
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Q: What can I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Employment Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jul 27, 2017

Consider hiring an attorney. We work on a contingency fee basis so there is no money out of pocket until money is recovered. The law requires the workers compensation insurer to pay you 2/3 of your lost wages for days missed from work. The first 3 days of absence are not paid unless you miss two weeks total. Good luck!

This is according to Maryland workers compensation law and you should confirm it is a Maryland case and not a Pennsylvania case.

This should be consider...
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Q: Was injured at work

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on Jul 21, 2017

I agree with Mr. Kirk. Compensation is available under Maryland workers comp laws if you have permanent remaining issues. Your question directly indicates that you have remaining and permanent issues. Contact a workers compensation attorney to discuss obtaining a rating with a doctor that is rehearsed in workers comp and is friendly to the injured worker. Not all doctors are able to perform ratings.

Please note that this information provided is for informational and educational...
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Q: How long can you be on temporary total disability?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Answered on May 26, 2017

The short answer is there are a lot of factors that play into this. The payments are for a temporary basis so not to last permanently. Depending on the severity of the injury, amount of treatment, what doctors are recomending, and other factors, an injured worker could conceivably be on ttd for years. The reality is that most workers comp insurers will not let this happen without a fight.

If you have not obtain legal counsel it may be a good time to consider doing so. Consults are...
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Q: What if you are not recieving any money they arent paying my dr bills or for my meds... can i sell crocheted items

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

Further information would be needed to accurately answer this question. I would suggest an in office consultation with a workers compensation attorney to better determine your rights. If you have an attorney then he or she should answer this for you.

Maryland workers compensation attorney Andrew M. Rodabaugh and his office offers information about Personal Injury law and Workers’ Compensation for informational purposes only. Nothing contained herein constitutes formal legal advice....
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Q: I crichet can i sell a few of my things if i am on workers com0

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

You can sell your items but be sure to have your attorney let the workers compensation adjuster know about the sales. If you are receiving money for these items the adjuster may want to reduce the payments by what you are receiving from sales income you receive.

Certainly discuss this with your attorney. If you do not have an attorney it is best to obtain one. Workers Comp attorneys are paid only if they recover additional money on your behalf. Likely, you are entitled to...
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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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