Dealing with a workplace accident is never easy. Not only does an injury often cause physical pain, but also it can be extremely stressful, especially if you need to miss work for an extended period of time. Fortunately, as a worker, you have rights. If you have been injured on the job in a construction accident or another situation, you will likely be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. At Burgos & Burgos, our Maryland workers’ compensation lawyers can consider the facts of your case and help you understand your rights. We have assisted numerous injured employees from the District of Columbia, and Maryland communities that include Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. If you are more comfortable speaking Spanish, you will be happy to know that everyone on our staff is fluent in Spanish.Assert Your Rights Through a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reveal that dozens of workers suffer fatal or serious accidents each week in the U.S. Of the total job-related fatalities that occurred in 2015, for example, about 21.4 percent were in the construction industry. Workplace deaths are also a problem in Maryland. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 73 fatal work injuries in Maryland in 2014.
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program that pays monetary benefits to workers who become injured, ill, or disabled as a result of a workplace injury. The insurance premium is paid wholly by the employer and is free for the employee. Broadly speaking, injuries are covered by the workers’ compensation law if they took place on the job. More specifically, the law provides that the injury suffered must have been caused by an “accidental personal injury arising out of and in the course of employment.” This means that the injury must have taken place because of conditions required by the employer for doing the job, and it must have taken place when the employee was doing the job. A workers’ compensation attorney can provide advise as to whether these factors are likely satisfied in their situation.
The workers’ compensation program is a statutory solution to the problem of workplace injuries. The system is intended to ensure that employees who are hurt or killed on the job have a remedy when it comes to dealing with those injuries and the problems that are often associated with them. Under the law, workers’ compensation benefits are available to an employee regardless of fault. It is important to note that workers’ compensation is an “exclusive remedy,” which simply means that injured employees cannot sue their employer for damages. However, they can sue other parties that may have contributed to an accident.
The amount of compensation that an injured victim will receive depends upon the severity of the employee’s injury. In Maryland, all claims for compensation are reviewed by the Maryland’s Workers’ Compensation Commission. Whereas, in the District of Columbia, claims are initially brought before the Department of Employment Services Office of Workers’ Compensation. If your claim is found to be compensable, you may be entitled to recover payments for medical expenses, mileage reimbursement, and partial payment of lost wages. Additional compensation is available in cases in which an employee suffers a permanent injury. In cases of death, workers’ compensation covers funeral expenses. If an injured worker is unable to perform work for which the employee was previously qualified, that worker is eligible for vocational rehabilitation services to provide assistance in returning to suitable gainful employment.Consult a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Maryland or Washington, D.C.
If you or your loved one was injured on the job, we are here to help. At Burgos & Burgos, our dedicated attorneys can help you secure the benefits that you rightfully deserve. With many years of experience, we understand how to navigate these claims. As in personal injury cases arising from car or truck accidents, time is of the essence, so it is vital to reach out to a trustworthy attorney without delay. We represent people throughout the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, including in Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Wheaton-Glenmont, and Hyattsville. To speak to a District of Columbia or Maryland workers’ compensation attorney today, do not hesitate to call us at 301-681-1111 or complete our online form. We are also available to assist people who need legal representation after a car crash or another accident.