May 13, 2024

Navigating Workers’ Compensation in Maryland: A Comprehensive Guide

Workers' compensation serves as a vital safety net for employees who sustain injuries or illnesses in the workplace. In Maryland, the Workers' Compensation Law ensures that injured workers receive essential benefits, including compensation for lost wages and medical expenses. Understanding the intricacies of this system is crucial for both employers and employees to navigate the process effectively.

Overview of Maryland's Workers' Compensation Law

Maryland's Workers' Compensation Law mandates that nearly every employer in the state must provide workers' compensation insurance. This insurance covers the costs associated with employee injuries sustained on the job, regardless of fault. Injured employees typically cannot sue their employers for damages under this system.

Defining Covered Injuries

To qualify for workers' compensation benefits in Maryland, an injury must arise out of and occur in the course of employment. This includes accidents, injuries caused by third-party acts, and occupational diseases contracted due to work conditions. Notably, injuries caused by a third party are still eligible for workers' compensation.

Understanding Benefits

The amount of compensation awarded to an injured worker depends on the severity of the injury. Benefits may cover medical expenses, partial wage replacement, and funeral expenses in the case of death. Additionally, compensation for severe and permanent injuries may be provided. Payment for lost wages is typically made weekly, and vocational training may be offered if the injury prevents the employee from returning to their previous job.

Filing a Claim

Initiating a workers' compensation claim in Maryland involves several steps. Injured employees must notify their employer about the injury within a specified timeframe, either orally or in writing. The notification period varies depending on the nature of the injury or illness. Additionally, employees must file the necessary forms, such as the Employee Claim Form C-1, along with any available medical reports.

Employer Responsibilities

Employers play a crucial role in the workers' compensation process. If an employee misses more than three days of work due to a work-related injury, the employer must file an accident report with the Workers' Compensation Commission. Prompt reporting of injuries or disabilities caused by occupational diseases is essential to ensure timely processing of claims.

Navigating Hearings and Appeals

Both employers and employees have the right to request hearings to investigate workers' compensation claims. These hearings may involve witness testimonies and medical examinations to determine the extent of the injury. Decisions made by the Workers' Compensation Commission can be appealed to the circuit court within a specified timeframe.

Legal Representation and Fees

Employees have the right to be represented by an attorney throughout the workers' compensation process. However, attorneys cannot charge fees until they are awarded by the Commission. Fees are typically calculated as a percentage of the compensation awarded to the injured worker.


How Much Can Someone Sue for a Car Accident?

In Maryland, there isn't a predetermined limit on the damages an individual can seek in a personal injury lawsuit resulting from a car accident. The compensation awarded typically depends on various factors such as the severity of injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and other related losses. 

Why is My Car Accident Settlement Taking so Long?

Common reasons for delays include challenges in determining liability, extensive negotiations with insurance companies, disputes over the extent of injuries or damages, and complexities in gathering evidence. Additionally, court backlogs and procedural requirements can contribute to delays in reaching a settlement.

How Long After a Car Accident Can I Claim Injury in Maryland?

In Maryland, the statute of limitations typically allows individuals involved in car accidents up to three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. To ensure compliance with legal deadlines and preserve your right to compensation, it's crucial to seek legal advice promptly following a car accident.

Need Representation?

If you've been injured on the job in Maryland, don't navigate the complexities of workers' compensation alone. At Shultz Legal, our experienced team of attorneys is dedicated to advocating for your rights and helping you secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and let us guide you through the workers' compensation process, providing the support and expertise you need to achieve a favorable outcome for your case. Your recovery starts with a call to Shultz Legal.