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How Permanent Impairment Is Calculated in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Published on Apr 2, 2020 at 5:20 pm in Workers Compensation.

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Workers in Maryland are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in the event they’re injured on the job. There is a system in place that determines the benefits eligibility, which is based on factors like injury severity, wage losses, and job retraining. When injuries are severe and impact a person’s ability to work at all, they may be diagnosed as permanent. It’s important to understand how permanent impairment is calculated in workers’ compensation cases, so the injured party has an idea of what they’ll receive and how they’ll maintain their health in the future.

How Preexisting Conditions Can Enhance the Value of a Workers’ Compensation Case

Published on Mar 26, 2020 at 1:36 pm in Workers Compensation.

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When a worker injures themselves on the job, a workers’ compensation claim can help them recover and pay their bills while they’re waiting for a medical clearance to head back to work. Depending on the situation, however, a preexisting condition could make recovery more of a challenge. While it’s not uncommon for employers to try to reduce what they have to pay out when a workers’ comp claim involves a preexisting condition, there are state laws in place that protect workers’ rights. Let’s take a look at how preexisting conditions can enhance the value of a workers’ compensation case in Maryland.

Filing for Workers’ Compensation as a First Responder

Published on Dec 20, 2019 at 12:36 pm in Workers Compensation.

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First responders are almost always the first to arrive on the scene of an emergency. Firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and others put their lives on the line every day without giving it a second thought. While they work to save others who have been in various accidents, they could be putting their own wellbeing at risk. When a first responder is injured in Maryland, they have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim.

In addition to the traditional workers’ comp benefits, first responders are entitled to enhanced benefits because of the work they do. In order to maximize your compensation as an injured first responder, it’s important to work with an experienced law firm. At Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC, we’re prepared to ensure you have access to the benefits you need to recover, so you can return to do what you do best—saving lives.

Should I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim or a Personal Injury Claim After a Work Injury?

Published on Nov 26, 2019 at 6:42 pm in Workers Compensation.

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If you’ve sustained an injury at work and are unable to work, it’s likely you’re worried about your finances. Medical bills can pile up quickly, especially in the event of serious injuries. Fortunately, there are systems in place to help injured workers recover.

Maximizing your compensation and improving your chances of making a full recovery involves filing a claim. Most work injuries call for a workers’ compensation claim; however, there are situations where filing a personal injury claim is appropriate.

In order to understand which claim you should file after a work injury, let’s take a look at the differences between the two claims. We’ll start by breaking down workers’ compensation in Maryland.

How Long Does a Workers’ Compensation Claim Last?

Published on Oct 31, 2019 at 1:50 pm in Workers Compensation.

 

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You never expect to get hurt on the job. So when you’re injured while working and it wasn’t your fault, it can be hard to get back to normal. In an attempt to recover, you file a workers’ compensation claim, but now you don’t know what to expect next. You need to know how long the claim will last so that you know when you’ll get your compensation. In Maryland, that timeline can be pretty straightforward.

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Employee Negligence?

Published on Oct 16, 2019 at 6:32 pm in Workers Compensation.

As an injured worker, you have a right to collect workers’ compensation benefits. In most cases, negligence is not a factor. The fact that the injury occurred while you were employed and completing your assigned duties is all that matters. The benefits you receive can cover medical and therapy bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and a portion of your lost wages.

Depending on how your accident happened, however, could impact your eligibility for benefits. Understanding the state laws and process for determining compensation is an important part of submitting a successful workers’ compensation claim. Our lawyers can explain the details to you, so you’re fully informed and know what to expect.

How Can an Employer Reduce Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Published on Oct 10, 2019 at 6:34 pm in Workers Compensation.

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If you’ve been injured at work and your ability to make a living has been impacted, you can seek workers’ compensation benefits. They help you stay financially sound while recovering from your injuries. Depending on the severity, your doctor may instruct you to take a leave of absence from work or you may be able to return on a light-duty basis. Regardless of your physical limitations, benefits should be available to you. In some instances, however, your employer could try to reduce the compensation you’re receiving.

Why Don’t All On-the-Job Injuries Get Reported?

Published on Sep 24, 2019 at 6:37 pm in Workers Compensation.

If you’re injured at work, it’s important to report the incident immediately. Depending on the severity, you may need to seek medical attention. You should also be prompted by your employer to fill out a detailed and comprehensive injury report.

If your employer neglects to have you report the injury, this might be a potential red flag. Having a paper trail for a workplace injury is crucial, especially when you try to seek workers’ compensation benefits.

While some injuries might not seem like a big deal, you could run into serious trouble if your injury worsens and you try to seek compensation at a later date. There are a number of reasons not all on-the-job injuries get reported, but not reporting the issue only makes things worse for the injured employee in the future.

Workers’ compensation may benefit man hit by cement cylinder

Published on Feb 1, 2018 at 1:18 pm in Workers Compensation.

A man in another state recently suffered injuries while working at a construction site. The accident occurred on a Monday afternoon. Fortunately, workers in Maryland and elsewhere may be able to take advantage of workers’ compensation to help them to address their injuries quickly and efficiently.

In the recent out-of-state case, a man was apparently doing sewer project work associated with a subdivision that was in the process of being built. However, while he was inside a deep excavation hole, a cylinder made from cement collapsed onto him. The cylinder fell after reportedly shifting somehow.

Don’t let workers’ compensation benefits fall by the wayside

Published on Nov 21, 2017 at 12:58 pm in Workers Compensation.

Do you spend any of your workday on a ladder, a scaffold or on some other surface that puts you several feet off the ground? If so, you more than likely already know that a fall is a significant hazard for you. A fall can cause any number of serious injuries that can change the course of your life, and when that fall happens at work, you may be entitled to Maryland workers’ compensation benefits.

Any injury to your pride after a fall is nowhere near as important as any physical injuries you may have suffered. Broken bones, neck and back injuries and hitting your head could all have substantial effects on your life. Even if doctors say you merely strained or sprained something in the fall, you could still find yourself in a lot of pain, out of work for a while and wondering how you will pay your bills.

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