Glen Burnie Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Pursuing Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Injured Workers
If you have been injured on the job you may be in pain from your injuries and overwhelmed by the stress of trying to navigate the Maryland Workers’ Compensation system on your own. You may need answers to questions and be apprehensive that your claim will not be accepted, or that you will not be compensated fully for your workplace injury.
Our Glen Burnie Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton have more than 30 years’ experience helping injured workers and their families. Let us help you file a claim for compensation if you have experienced a workplace accident or have a work-related illness.
Accidents can happen at work and our attorneys are skilled at handling all types of workplace injuries and occupational illnesses across many different industries. Every workplace has its own hazards and we have the experience to help you with your case whether it is a construction injury, shipyard injury or factory injury. If you are a healthcare worker or office worker with a repetitive stress injury we can assist you as well. Some injuries are sudden and severe, others are seemingly small at first but can develop over time into conditions with significant medical costs. Occupational illnesses are caused by exposure to irritants or toxins at work that can slowly make a worker very sick. At LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, we will help you determine if your injuries are compensable and put our team to work to make sure you receive the maximum compensation available for your case.
Basics of Workers’ Compensation
For more than 100 years the State of Maryland has taken an active role in protecting injured workers. Laws requiring that employees be covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance date back to the early 1900s. The Workers’ Compensation insurance system provides benefits that cover all work-related injury and illness expenses including:
- Compensation for lost wages whether from a permanent, temporary, partial or total disability.
- Medical expenses including hospitalization, surgery, prescription medications, prostheses, rehabilitation therapy, nursing services or home health services. Travel expenses for medical appointments may also be covered in some cases.
- Vocational services if you cannot return to your original occupation. This includes up to 24 months of training for a new job, professional counseling and job development, and job placement.
- Death and funeral benefits are paid to dependents if the worker is fatally injured as a result of his or her injuries.
There are some workers such as independent contractors, volunteers, and temporary employees who may not be covered by Workers’ Compensation unless they can prove the existence of a true employee-employer relationship. A qualified Workers’ Compensation lawyer in Glen Burnie will be able to advise you on the status of your work relationship so that you are not denied the benefits you may be entitled to.
In some cases, there may be negligence on the part of a third party involved in your work-related accident. For example, defective manufacturing tools can cause injuries to workers, or hazardous materials may not be labeled with the proper warnings to the workers who use them. We can also help you recover damages from a third party if it is necessary for your case.
Why Use a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
Every employer is required by law in Maryland to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance, however the reality is that many employers and insurers will try to deny your claim. There are many reasons why they are able to do so and a good Workers’ Compensation lawyer will help you avoid this. Some of the common pitfalls unsuspecting workers fall into include:
- Mistakes in filing paperwork, including missed deadlines.
- Failure to prove the existence of a true employee-employer relationship
- Failure to seek immediate medical care for the injury and report it
- Returning to work too quickly after the workplace accident against the advice of the treating physician
Know your rights as a worker and do not rely on the advice of your employer or the insurance comany handling your case. If you are unsure about your rights, seek the counsel of a qualified Workers’ Compensation lawyer.
Glen Burnie Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Fight for Injured Workers in Maryland
The Workers’ Compensation system is complex and can be daunting for someone suffering injuries from a work-related accident. At LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, we have over 30 years of experience helping injured workers recover compensation. Let one of our skilled Glen Burnie Workers’ Compensation lawyers take care of your legal needs so you can focus on what is most important – getting better. Call us at 800-547-4529 today to schedule a free consultation about your case or contact us online.