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What injuries must be reported at work?

Your employer in Maryland probably carries workers' compensation insurance as required under the law. If you get into an accident and are injured at work, you have the right to make a claim under this insurance. However, not every injury is covered. It is important that you understand what injuries must be reported so you can ensure you get proper coverage.

How can I get back to work after an injury?

If you are not working due to an on-the-job injury, but you want to return to work, there are a number of options for you in Maryland. It is beneficial for employers to employ strategies to get you back quickly, so there may be return-to-work program through your company. If you are unable to return to your previous position or company, the government provides training and resources through your workers' compensation claim.

Can you heal completely from a repetitive stress injury?

When you first hear the words, "workplace injury" or "workers' compensation," you probably begin to think about dramatic accidents that result in serious bodily harm. While a majority of workplace injuries are the results of falls or other serious incidents, not much emphasis is placed on injuries that you may experience in an office setting. If you work a desk job in Maryland, you are subject to the risks of repetitive stress injuries. These occur when you are involved in repetitive motions each day such as typing at a computer or talking on the phone. 

Avoid losing precious time in workers' comp cases

At Wilson & Parlett, we are proud to represent Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., workers. We want to be there for you if you were to find yourself left without the resources to maintain a reasonable standard life or worse: unable to pay medical bills. Unfortunately, while it would be impossible to put a time limit on your full recovery, the various jurisdictions we operate within do place deadlines on any legal action you might intend to pursue.

Frequently Asked Questions About Federal Workers' Compensation

If you’ve been injured on the job in Maryland, you likely have a lot of questions. Getting accurate answers to these questions is crucial, especially if you’re concerned that your claim may be denied. The U.S. Department of Labor offers answers to these frequently asked questions about federal workers’ compensation to ensure you can take the necessary steps in the event that an issue occurs.

Slip-and-fall accidents on the job

We have gone over all sorts of ways in which employees are hurt in the workplace, from repetitive strain injuries to electrocution. However, there are many more ways in which people are hurt while performing their job duties, some of which may not seem as serious at first. For example, someone may become injured as a result of a slip-and-fall accident. Whether someone falls down after tripping over a cord or loses their balance because they walked over a patch of ice or liquid that was spilled, these accidents can be very serious.

Can I sue my employer over worker's comp?

The state mandates that Pennsylvania businesses carry workers’ compensation insurance, which is designed to help employees injured on the job recover medical expenses and lost wages. The thing to remember is that, because it is a type of insurance, typically you will not be able to file a lawsuit against your company for injuries that are covered by workers’ comp.

Workplace fatalities more common for older workers

Age is a factor that many Upper Marlboro area workers might not take into consideration when they think of workplace safety. They might be so concerned with having a steady paycheck that they do not recognize they are more likely to suffer serious and even fatal injuries in accidents that occur on the job as they grow older. 

Can I get workers compensation from my commuting crash?

This will depend on the facts surrounding your Maryland accident and work situation. The general rule would have it that you cannot receive benefits from workers’ compensation insurance due to injury sustained on your commute. As explained by Chesapeake Employers Insurance, and it is known as the “Going and Coming Rule” there are a few reasons for generally excluding commuting accidents from coverage.

Common office injuries

Office workers in Maryland are susceptible to several types of injuries if the workplace is not organized properly. According to the University of Michigan, extended hours spent at a desk each day could cause more than simply strain upon the neck and back. In fact, some office employees experience hearing problems as a result of this environment. Regular exposure to loud equipment, or even phones, could cause varying degrees of damage. This type of work could also result in impaired vision and difficulty focusing. Combined with the risk of carpal tunnel and related repetitive stress injuries, in addition to slip-and-fall accidents, these problems can turn the office into a hazardous work environment.

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