Workers’ compensation is designed to provide workers with medical care and lost wages when they suffer a work-related injury. However, getting workers’ compensation benefits can be complicated. Employers and insurance companies may not offer you the full value of your claim, and the workers’ compensation system can be complicated and confusing.
At Lightfoot Law, PLLC, our workers’ compensation attorneys want to help you get the benefits you need and deserve to recover from your injuries or illness. We will protect your legal rights, take the stress of your workers’ compensation claim off of your shoulders, and help you move forward with your life after a work injury.
Lightfoot Law, PLLC’s workers’ compensation attorneys are:
- Knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of workers’ compensation law;
- Honest and forthright when offering you legal opinions and advice; and
- Dedicated and driven to succeed in your workers’ compensation claim.
Do not wait to get professional help. Contact Lightfoot Law, PLLC, online or by calling (831) 708-0298 to learn more about our services and get the help you deserve with your workers’ compensation claim.
Let Our Prince George’s County Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Help You
At Lightfoot Law, PLLC, our workers’ compensation attorneys let you know what to expect during each stage of your workers’ compensation claim and keep you updated on your claim’s progress as it progresses so you can focus on your recovery. Our attorneys also do the following on your behalf:
- Ensure your claim is filed in a timely fashion;
- Fight to get your claim accepted;
- Make sure you are paid the full and correct amount of compensation;
- Ensure you are getting the medical care you need;
- Get you the highest impairment rating for your injuries;
- Meet all workers’ compensation deadlines;
- Help with any accelerations of benefits; and
- Make sure you are not taken advantage of by your employer or the insurance company.
Call Lightfoot Law, PLLC, to schedule a complimentary claim review and consultation to have your most pressing workers’ compensation questions answered and concerns addressed. We look forward to meeting with you by phone, Zoom, or FaceTime, or in person, whichever you prefer.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Prince George’s County, Maryland
In Maryland, workers may be eligible to receive temporary partial disability, temporary total disability, permanent partial disability, or permanent total disability. Regardless of the type of benefits a worker is approved for, benefits should arrive within fifteen days after an award is made or payment is due to the worker, whichever is later.
Payments of a successful claim are made by the employer’s insurance carrier or a self-insured employer. Payments do not come from the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Temporary Partial Disability
If a worker is not totally disabled and can perform limited or part-time duties at a reduced pay rate, he or she may be able to receive temporary partial disability benefits.
For these benefits, the employer or its insurance company will pay a covered employee 50% of the difference between the worker’s wage before his or her disability and the wage he or she is earning while temporarily partially disabled. This payment cannot exceed 50% of the state average weekly wage.
Temporary Total Disability
These benefits are provided to workers whose injuries have resulted in a disability that prevents them from returning to work at all during a certain period of time, known as the “healing period” following a workplace injury. These benefits are intended to replace the worker’s income during the time that he or she cannot work due to a workplace injury. Generally, covered workers will receive payment equal to two-thirds of their average weekly wage up to the maximum Maryland weekly wage. No payments can be less than $50.
If the individual is disabled for fourteen days or less, he or she will receive compensation for all but the first three days following the date of the disability. If an individual cannot return to work for more than fourteen days, he or she should receive compensation for all days missed from work following the date of disability. All workers will also receive payments for hospital, nursing or other medical services; funeral expenses; and medicine.
The benefits will continue until the worker reaches a point where he or she is no longer totally disabled and can return to work in some capacity or if it has been determined that he or she has reached maximum medical improvement, even if he or she has not recovered to the same condition as before the injury.
Permanent Partial Disability
If a worker suffers a permanent impairment but is not totally disabled, he or she can receive permanent partial disability benefits. The worker will receive a minimum weekly compensation of $50 unless the worker’s average weekly wage is less than $50. In these cases, the worker will receive compensation equal to his or her average weekly wage at the time of the accident or when he or she was last exposed to the hazard that caused his or her occupational disease.
Permanent Total Disability
In Maryland, a worker can receive permanent total disability benefits if he or she has experienced the loss or loss of the use of both arms, eyes, feet, hands or legs or a combination of an arm, hand, foot, leg or eye. Workers with permanent total disability will receive compensation equal to two-thirds the workers’ average weekly wage, not to exceed the Maryland average weekly wage. Payments cannot be less than $25.
These payments are subject to an annual cost of living adjustment and can be reduced if the worker is also receiving Social Security Disability benefits.
Additional Types of Compensation
In addition to the types of disability benefits described above, injured workers may also be able to receive medical benefits, hospital benefits, wage reimbursement, and vocational rehabilitation.
Contact an Experienced Prince George’s County Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
If you sustained an injury while on the job, you need experienced workers’ compensation attorneys to guide you through the claims system and protect your right to benefits. At Lightfoot Law, PLLC, we are dedicated to helping you understand Maryland workers’ compensation and protecting your rights to compensation after any personal injury.
Contact Lightfoot Law, PLLC, online or by calling (831) 708-0298 and schedule your no-obligation claim review. We want to make a positive change in your life and the lives of all of our clients.