How Do I File for Workers’ Compensation in Maryland?

By Peter DePaolis

A Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Injury Attorney Explains

Workers’ compensation is an important part of modern employment law. From the docks of Baltimore to the research facilities of Germantown, workers all across Maryland have access to resources that help them get by when they are unable to work due to a personal injury.

Filing a workers’ compensation claim is a relatively straightforward process, but you must use diligence in order to present your case in the best possible light to the person who determines eligibility. If you have questions or difficulties filing your workers’ comp claim or if you have been denied and you need to appeal, you should consider contacting a Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland injury attorney.

How to File a Workers’ Comp Claim

The workers’ compensation rules of Maryland stipulate that in order to qualify for assistance, your injury must come about in the course of employment while performing work duties. An accident is typically defined as a strain or condition that is not a normal part of your job (a slippery floor in a warehouse would be an example of such). You must also report your injury to your employer.

A doctor’s visit is required before you may submit a claim, and your doctor must certify that you are unable to immediately resume working due to injury or disease. After you are assigned a treatment program for your injuries, you may then file a claim.

The way in which you phrase your claim may make all the difference between receiving assistance and denial of your claim. During this process, it’s essential that you document each and every expense you incur while pursuing the claim, even down to the last gallon of gas you use driving to the doctor’s office. It’s also incredibly important to keep track of:

  • Prescription costs
  • Physician fees
  • Mileage and travel costs
  • Lost wages due to not working
  • Any and all financial liabilities that may go unserved because of being out of work

Workers’ compensation is an excellent tool for helping you and your family get by while you are recovering from your injuries, but you must give all due diligence to the process if you hope to benefit from it.

Our Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland Injury Attorneys Can Help

Whether you need a Virginia injury attorney or an injury attorney from Washington, D.C., or Maryland, we can help. Contact our firm today to get assistance with your workers’ comp claim. The initial consultation is free, and we can help you make a claim that will get you and your family the resources you need to stay afloat.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.