Ellicott City Personal Injury Lawyer
Life can get very difficult and very expensive quite quickly if you have been hurt on the job and can’t go to work. The situation can be particularly frustrating if you were injured through another person’s negligence or no fault of your own. Under Maryland law you have a number of legal options to help you recover from the harm you have suffered in an on-the-job accident or injury. The law, however, is quite complex, so you should seek the expertise of the personal jury lawyers at Price Benowitz LLP. The earlier you consult with an Ellicott City personal injury lawyer, the faster they can evaluate your potential claim and start working to secure the compensation you deserve.
Hurt at Work
If you are considering a workers’ compensation claim time is a factor and there are three things you should immediately do:
• Report the injury to your employer;
• See your doctor;
• Consult an experienced personal injury lawyer.
You should never allow either your employer or their insurance carrier to take a statement from you until you have secured experienced legal representation. Before you make any decisions about whether to move forward with a claim, there are some things you should know about Maryland’s workers’ compensation law.
What does it cover?
The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act is very specific about what it does and does not cover. For example, the law covers injuries that are the result of an accident and occupational diseases caused by workplace conditions. It does not necessarily cover the kind of injuries that result from years of regular work, such as the deteriorating state of your back, wrists or knees.
What benefits does the law provide?
Benefits can include the costs of medical treatment, wage replacement, vocational rehabilitation, death benefits, and attorneys’ fees. The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission sets wage replacement rates according to a formula based on your income and on the severity and expected duration of your disability. The determination of such factors can be a complicated process, so you should contact an Ellicott City attorney who specializes in personal injury and workers’ compensation claims in achieve the best possible outcome.
Is there a downside to claiming workers’ compensation?
It is important to note that some employers and insurance carriers are very aggressive about contesting claims. That can mean painful interviews and depositions and the use of various stall tactics to drag out your claim. An experienced personal injury lawyer on your side can ensure that your interests are protected. An Ellicott City personal injury attorney will be able to cut through the legal morass and ensure you receive the care, attention, and compensation that you deserve.
What about returning to work?
The protections offered by Maryland’s workers’ compensation law are also affected by other rules and legal requirements, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. This may influence the timing and the manner in which you return to work. If you are a federal worker, you may be covered by a different set of laws and regulations that differ from state laws. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help you sort through the conflicting laws and regulations to make the process as smooth as possible.
Are there time limits?
The statute of limitations for workers’ compensation claims in Maryland is relatively short. You must bring your claim within two years of the date of your accidental injury or within two years from the date of disablement or the date when the employee first had actual knowledge that the disablement was caused by the employer for an occupational disease. Therefore, it is crucial that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If Your Injury is Not Work-Related
Perhaps you were injured while working, but you are an independent contractor. Or maybe you were hurt when your neighbor’s rotting retaining wall collapsed or you slipped and fell on the ice in a carelessly maintained mall parking lot. The requirements for these kinds of personal injury claims can vary greatly.
What will I need to show?
Under Maryland personal injury law, property owners are not always liable in the event that someone else suffers injury on their property. If you are hurt, you must show that the property owner knew or should have known about the risk, that they took no steps to prevent the harm, and/or that they failed to provide adequate warning.
What injuries are covered?
You will need to keep track of all your medical bills, missed work, and other records to determine the economic impact of your injury. Measuring the effects of pain, suffering, and mental anguish can be somewhat more nebulous and difficult to establish, but an experienced lawyer can guide you through this complicated process.
What about the defendant’s case?
You should be prepared for the defendant to contest your claim vigorously. You should also be prepared to demonstrate that you neither contributed to your own injury, nor assumed an obvious risk since Maryland is one of the few states that recognizes the doctrine of contributory negligence.
Are there time limits for non work-related injury claims?
In Maryland, the statute of limitations for this kind of personal injury claim is typically three years from the date of your injury. If you were under 18 at the time of the injury, the statute of limitations does not begin until you turn 18.
Why an Ellicott Personal Injury Lawyer?
This is not something that you should tackle by yourself. You will require the services of a well-qualified personal injury lawyer who has a history of successful cases in Ellicott City. Some firms focus very narrowly on only certain types of personal injury or workers’ compensation claims, or provide little or no connection to the area where you live and where your claim will be filed. Price Benowitz LLP offers a wide array of personal injury and workers’ compensation services, which allows you to explore and consider all of your legal options. We have boots on the ground in Ellicott and have a keen understanding of the region and the local courts. Our clients do not pay a fee unless they recover damages. Our personal injury lawyers understand what you are going through and what you need to ensure the best possible outcome. Contact our firm today for a free consultation and relieve yourself of the burden of fighting for your rights.
Ellicott City Location
Our office is conveniently located in Ellicott City 5052 Dorsey Hall Drive, Suite 200.
From Baltimore: Take I-395 south, then merge with I-95. Take exit 43B then merge with MD-100 west. Take the left exit onto US-29 S then merge onto MD-108 west. Turn right onto Columbia Road, then take the second right onto Dorsey Hall Drive.
From Washington, DC: Take the I-95 north and follow the same directions as from Baltimore, though the trip might be faster if you take US-29 north/Columbia Pike. Take exit 21B onto MD-108 west. From that point, the directions are the same as they are from Baltimore.