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 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; and
• 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. And 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. For additional information on personal injury liability laws in Maryland, see here.
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 injuries 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 or your 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 order to secure the best possible award.
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 daunting 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 totally different set of laws and regulations that differ from Maryland's laws. An experienced workers' compensation lawyer can help you sort through the conflicting laws and regulations to make the process as smooth as possible for you.
Are there time limits?
Yes, 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, so 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 rotten 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.
What will I need to show?
Under Maryland personal injury law, property owners are not always automatically 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 Ellicott City personal injury attorney will be able to 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. An Ellicott City personal injury lawyer is best suited to prepare you for these hurdles.
Are there time limits for non work-related injury claims?
Yes. 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 running 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 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, and 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 settlement or award. Contact Price Benowitz today for a free consultation, and relieve yourself of the burden of fighting for the compensation you need and deserve.
Ellicott City Location
Our office is conveniently located in Ellicott City and is accessible for any clients that live in the area. We are located at 5052 Dorsey Hall Drive, suite 200. We are available for our clients, and our easy to access location means that we can be there for you whenever you need to speak with us.
From Baltimore: Start off taking I-395 south, then merge with I-95. Take exit 43B then merge with MD-100 W. Take the left exit onto US-29 S then merge onto MD-108 W. Turn right onto Columbia Rd., then take the second right onto Dorsey Hall Dr.
From Washington DC: You can take I-95 N and follow the same directions as from Baltimore, but the trip might be faster if you take US-29N/Columbia Pike. Take exit 21B onto MD-108W. From that point, the directions are the same as they are from Baltimore.