Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Attorney
As an injured Baltimore worker, you deserve to be compensated by your employer through workers’ compensation benefits. Receiving these benefits requires that you report the injury to your employer, seek medical care to prove the seriousness of your injury or illness, and file a workers’ compensation claim. Unfortunately, many workers’ compensation claims are denied for various reasons. In fact, without the help of an attorney, it can be impossible to receive the benefits that you deserve. If you were injured on the job, our Baltimore workers’ compensation attorneys here at Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP can help you gather evidence, file a claim, or appeal a denied claim so that you can focus on recovering and taking care of yourself and your family.
- Communication Worker Injury
- Correctional Officer Injury
- Firefighters, Paramedics & EMTs Injury
- Law Enforcement Officer Injury
How Does Workers’ Compensation Work?
Workers’ compensation has existed in various forms for thousands of years, dating as far back as 2050 B.C. to Ancient Sumeria, according to The Hartford. The idea behind current workers’ compensation law is to provide injured workers with medical care and partial wage replacement for injuries and illnesses caused on the job, regardless of who is at fault. In return, employers are sheltered from personal injury lawsuits, which are much more costly than workers’ compensation claims. As an injured worker, you can receive the following benefits in a workers’ compensation claim:
- Full medical care provided by an in-network healthcare provider;
- Partial wage replacement of up to two-thirds of your average weekly wages;
- Rehabilitative and vocational training; and
- Travel expenses to and from medical appointments.
If the injury or illness results in death, the surviving spouse or children of the worker may also receive funeral and burial expenses, as well as death benefits to help cover the partial wages lost by their loved one.
Reasons Your Claim Could Be Denied
Your employer or insurance carrier may deny or reduce benefits due to any of the following:
- The injury was not as serious as you claim;
- The injury happened outside of work;
- The injury was fabricated;
- You were drunk, high, or doing something illegal, such as fighting, during the accident;
- Your employer claims that you are not an employee, but an independent contractor;
- The injury was pre-existing, and your current job did not cause re-injury or a flare up.
According to a recent study by Lockton, workers’ compensation claim denials are on the rise. The reason is that employers have more information at their disposal than ever before. For example, an employee injures his leg at work. He files a claim, but just a day later the insurance carrier finds a recent picture of him on social media appearing to be walking without any pain. While he may have been smiling and fully mobile in the picture, he may actually have been in serious pain, but the claim will be denied nonetheless.
Call Our Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Today
We understand just how important workers’ compensation is to you and your family. Workers’ compensation can mean the difference between keeping your home and foreclosing. If you were injured on the job, our Baltimore workers’ compensation attorneys at Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP can help you file a claim. Call us today at 800-248-3352 to schedule a free consultation.