An on-the-job injury or occupational illness can suddenly cut off your income temporarily or permanently end your career. As awful as that is, you may be able to get financial relief very quickly. Most Maryland employees, including those who have been misclassified as independent contractors, are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits which pay for your medical care and can replace up to two-thirds of your lost wages. You do not have to sue or prove fault. Workers’ Compensation death benefits are available to dependents of those who have lost their lives on the job.
If you have suffered a work-related injury or occupational illness, or lost a loved one to either, experienced Charles County Workers’ Compensation attorney Patrick D. Troxler, Esq. can help you collect the benefits you are entitled to. Whether you have just been injured and are ready to file your initial claim, are appealing denial or are fighting to keep benefits that are being cut short, we are here to protect your rights and make sure you receive your full benefits.
Eligibility and Benefits
Maryland Workers’ Compensation law only protects employees. It does not cover independent contractors; however, it is not uncommon for employers to misclassify employees as independent contractors. If you believe that you have been misclassified, talk to an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney about your rights and potential eligibility.
Workers’ Compensation benefits include your medical care, vocational training if your injury prevents you from returning to your previous job duties, and partial replacement of your lost wages. You can receive up to two-thirds of your weekly wage, but no more than 100% of the Average Weekly Wage covered by Maryland Unemployment, if you are considered totally disabled, whether it be permanent or temporary. The cap for wage replacement in 2019 is $1,116.00 per week.
You can also receive partial wage replacement for partial disability.
Why You Need an Attorney
You are not required to hire an attorney in order to file for Workers’ Compensation benefits, but there are many reasons why you should. Workers’ Compensation is an insurance claim and it should be as simple as filing your claim and moving forward with you care and getting paid, that is the intent of the law, but insurance companies are notorious for denying, reducing, or cutting benefits short.
An experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney can help in many ways, from making sure that your claim is filed properly in the first place, to standing up to the insurance company at the many turns where it will try to cheat you.
To find out if you are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits, and learn more about your rights and how much you can get paid, please, call experienced Maryland Workers’ Compensation attorney Patrick D. Troxler, Esq., at 240-903-0119 or email us today and schedule your free consultation.