Everything is supposed to be served on the other side in advance of the hearing date. That often is not the case. In some instances the IME reports are delivered on the date of hearing. in other instances the commissioner 'holds the record open' so that the report can be filed later.
So, you have filed a workers' compensation claim. By doing so, you've in effect but the body part injured "at issue". In other words, whether or not you've ever had problems with that part of your body before is the subject of legitimate inquiry. Certainly, the employer is...Read more »
Received a letter from MD unemployment that my benefits were being disqualified, but didn’t understand the “denied until reemployed and earn 25x weekly benefit amount”. Do appeals for 8-1002 have any chance?
If the state believes that you received unemployment benefits previously that you should not have received, they will separately contact you about repayment. You're ineligible to receive benefits for the stated period. It's not possible to comment on the likelihood of success on the...Read more »
I contracted COVID-19 from my work as a Nurse. I stayed in bed for a week and then 18 days in the ICU. I am on home O2 Therapy for the present time as I continue to suffer from significant shortness of breath among other issues.
You'd want to make sure that each of these providers -workers compensation and the two private disability insurers- are aware that you are receiving or have been approved for other benefits, and the amounts. The long-term effects of covid-19 are still under investigation may take years to...Read more »
I have been harassed by my immediate supervisor for 4 years, I have been to management, Human Resources, union and have even filed an EEO case to no avail. I finally broke and went to a doctor who diagnosed me with severe depression and anxiety and stated I should have no contact with this... Read more »
I was hired under an open job position, to quickly get me in the door with the understanding that I would be quickly reclassified as I established myself in the company. I have been made to apply for the job I am already performing several times, and have been told that I do not qualify. I received... Read more »
The question raises several issues, and requires more facts and discussion to fully answer. Generally speaking, entitlement to union benefits (or eligibility for membership) depends on the applicable CBA scope. There are federal (FMLA and the recent COVID-19 changes) and Maryland (sick/safe...Read more »
I hurt my back, and it is all muscular spasms and pain. The workers comp doc didn't even give a decent assessment and kept telling me to be quiet as I was trying to answer his questions. I have been working light duty, not missing work, just not able to work in my dept. I feel I was treated... Read more »
You will need to hire an experienced workers' compensation attorney to pursue a claim for temporary total/temporary partial wage loss benefits for you. This is a complex claim and a decision by a judge of compensation claims is necessary to resolve the conflict between doctors.
I requested a copy of my medical records including hand written notes from the Ime doctor Pushkin in Md. I was advised that state retirement system instruct the office not to give any applicant their medical records including the doctor hand written note. I was advised that I need to get a... Read more »
You can ask the worker's compensation commission to issue a subpoena for your complete file if they will not produce it voluntarily. If they are contending there is some type of work-product privilege, you'll need to hire counsel to address this.
To answer your question, they can because they did. The solution is seeking out representation by a qualified attorney who will argue on your behalf. Because they used time that you earned you are entitled to seek payments from the workers compensation insurer. While you may not recover a...Read more »
Firing an the disciplinarian, a supervisor to some and the payroll person? I feel it’s very bias but I am not sure if under (Maryland) state law it’s considered legal or ethical? Also, is it ethical or legal for an employer to tell you they are going to deny the a workers conp claim before you... Read more »
There is nothing illegal about only having one HR staff person. If an employer complies with the laws and regulations applicable to it, that's all that matters. It's just difficult to do without professional help, as the workers comp incident illustrates. Employers can't retaliate...Read more »
If your doctors say you cannot work because of your injuries, then yes you may be entitled to permanent and total disability benefits. These are difficult cases to prove and you should consult with a lawyer.
It does unfortunately happen in some circumstances. Depending on the particular facts of the case a job position may be secure for a period of time. The employer may also be required to offer an accommodation if one is available.
The particular case should be discussed with an attorney....Read more »
This occurs all the time in workers comp cases. Whether or not it is "legal" is a complicated question. If you have an attorney make sure they have filed "issues" with the Commission so that a hearing is set up. It is very likely that even after the IME the second opinion is...Read more »
In 2001 or 2002 I injured my shoulder at a job. I actually had to have two shoulder surgeries as the same shoulder was injured twice at this job. Now I have been having issues with this shoulder sixteen years later. I never received a settlement or signed off on this injury through the insurance... Read more »
I got in a car accident while at work and I’m 26 weeks pregnant. While doing my run picking clients up I was rear ended pretty hard and my boss didn’t take me being hurt or if my unborn child was okay into consideration. She was more worried about me finishing my run. When I got back to the... Read more »
As far as injuries to yourself and related medical expenses, your situation seems to fall squarely under the workers compensation system. Any non-injury related damages you incurred (or potentially damages to the unborn child) might or might not fall outside workers compensation. It certainly...Read more »
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