Baltimore Teachers & School Employees Injury Attorney
As a teacher, school administrator, or other school support staff employee, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits should you become injured on the job. Here at Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP, our Baltimore teachers & school employee injury attorneys assist clients in all types of situations—those who have straightforward claims to file, as well as those who are up against the odds when it comes to appealing a denied claim.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Educators
- Wage replacement benefits;
- Full medical care;
- Ongoing medical treatment, including rehabilitation;
- Vocational training; and
- Death benefits for the educator’s family in the event they pass away.
What Injuries are Covered Under Maryland Workers’ Compensation?
All injuries that happen at work should, theoretically, be covered by workers’ compensation. While employers and insurance adjusters routinely deny claims for on the job injuries, these are generally denied due to an alleged lack of medical evidence, or lack of evidence that the injury occurred on the job. Below are the most common ways in which teachers and educators become injured at work:
- Slip, Trip, and Falls—According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries among educators.
- Transportation Collisions—Transportation collisions, including bus collisions as well as parking lot injuries, is the leading cause of death among teachers, as well as one of the most common causes of traumatic injury.
- Violence—Sadly, teachers are at a high risk of violence. From breaking up fights and dealing with out-of-control students, to school shootings, violence is the second leading cause of death among educators, and is also the second leading cause of nonfatal injury.
- Overexertion/bodily reaction—An overexertion injury occurs when an educator becomes injured by pushing over the physical limits of their body, such as lifting heavy objects or working in hot temperatures.
- Repetitive Strain Injuries—Repetitive strain injuries form by doing the same movement over and over again, which wears on tendons, joints, and muscles in a way that causes long term damage, chronic pain, and immobility.
Workers’ Compensation is No-Fault Insurance
There are 3.5 million full and part time educators in the U.S., according to the National Center for Education Statistics, tasked with educating roughly 50 million public school children. As the ratio of child to teacher continues to climb, as it has done over the last four decades, the injury rate among teachers will continue to climb. Often, injured teachers are worried that they will be blamed for the injury, which prevents them from filing a claim. Yet, workers’ compensation is based on a no-fault system. Even if your own careless act resulted in the injury, it should not impact your compensation by even one percent.
Call Our Baltimore Teachers and School Support Injury Attorneys Today
Whether you were injured in a slip and fall, developed a chronic overuse injury, or were hurt while responding to an emergency situation, your employer is obligated to provide workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, employers and insurance carriers often limit or outright deny these benefits, forcing teachers to come back to work too early before they are healed, or pay out of their own pocket for medical care. Call Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP today at 800-248-3352 to schedule a free consultation.