After an on-the-job accident, employees may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. While not every workers’ comp situation needs to involve a lawyer, an injured employee should obtain legal advice before moving forward with a claim. It is important to start and file the claim paperwork correctly from the beginning of the case, and to have an advocate on your side throughout the process. Towson workers compensation attorney Susan R. Green will review the situation to evaluate whether there are additional options to gain compensation to pay for financial hardships not covered by workers’ comp insurance.
Towson, MD workers’ comp attorney Susan R. Green assists injured employees in making workers’ comp claims, in appealing a denial of benefits and for representation in a hearing before an administrative judge at the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission. As a personal injury lawyer, she can review the situation to see whether a third party claim is possible. This is an additional source of money to pay for expenses and damages related to the accident that most injured workers would not realize was possible. Susan offers free, no obligation consultations regarding workers’ comp and third party claims.
Do I Need a Lawyer to File for Workers’ Comp?
The workers’ compensation system is a trade-off of benefits to an injured employee: on the one hand, the injured person does not have to prove fault. The hurt employee could even have been at fault for the incident and still receive workers’ comp insurance. However, on the other hand, workers’ comp benefits only pay for some medical bills and a portion of the lost income for a certain amount of time.
When filing a workers’ comp claim, it is essential to have all the forms and paperwork filled out correctly from the very beginning. Mistakes in paperwork may come back to haunt a worker later down the line, especially if the initial claim is denied and the worker must attend a hearing before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission. At that point, it is extremely advantageous to have an attorney conduct the hearing on your behalf.
Why Speak to an Attorney About a Workers’ Comp Claim?
There is another reason to speak to a lawyer. As mentioned above, injured workers may have additional claims for compensation after an accident. While a person cannot sue their employer or coworker if workers’ comp is available, they may bring a personal injury claim against a third party whose negligence caused the accident. For example, if a delivery driver was hurt in a car accident on the job, he can bring a workers’ comp claim against his employer. However, he also has a personal injury claim against the driver at fault for the car accident. Another example may be a construction worker injured on site. If the accident was caused by another subcontractor who his not employed by the same person or company, the injured worker may also have a personal injury claim.
Unlike workers’ compensation, a third party personal injury lawsuit could potentially pay for all medical expenses, the full amount of lost wages and benefits, and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. This means that a third party claim could recoup a much greater amount of money that an injured worker needs. In many cases, the person does not even know this legal option is available until they speak to a lawyer.
Hurt On the Job? Speak with our Towson Workers Compensation Attorney
After an injury at work, the employee can likely file a claim for workers’ comp benefits. However, injured workers should seek out legal advice from a lawyer before making this claim to make sure no mistakes are made and to reduce the chances of the claim being rejected. An attorney can also help appeal a claim and represent a person before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission. Baltimore County workers’ comp attorney Susan R. Green offers legal advice regarding workers’ comp claims, and she can also explain whether you have a third party claim for additional recovery.