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If you’ve been injured on the job, is workers’ compensation your only choice for financial recovery?
Gwen-Marie Davis Hicks is a Maryland workers’ comp attorney in Prince George's County, with offices in Lanham and Rockville. She assists clients in Prince George’s County, the District of Columbia, Montgomery, and surrounding counties.
In this Quick Question, she explains how valuable it is to contact a lawyer after a worksite accident because there could be sources of compensation that you don’t know about.
To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-981-0108 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
The first thing to do after a workplace accident is to seek medical care and inform your supervisor and Human Resources (HR) department. This will begin the process of filing for workers’ comp benefits; ask your supervisor or HR department about how the workers’ comp process works in your company.
While workers’ comp may be available to help compensate damages such as medical bills and lost wages after a workplace injury, there may be additional options available. For example, if your employer acted negligently resulting in the injury, a personal injury claim may become possible. If a third-party such as a rental agency may have been responsible for the injury, it may be possible to file a third-party claim in addition to receiving workers’ comp benefits. Hicks suggests that this situation is actually more common than not, but you likely won’t know it unless you contact an attorney.
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program offered by many employers in order to compensate injured employees while protecting themselves from liability. In most cases, an employee cannot receive workers’ comp benefits in addition to suing the company, except under certain circumstances. However, if another party other than the employee or employer caused or contributed to the injury, a third-party claim may be possible.
A workers’ comp attorney can help evaluate the viability of each of these options and will understand the laws in their state regarding avenues for compensation. The best thing someone can do for themself and their family after being injured at work is to reach out to a workers’ comp attorney for a free consultation. In this consultation, an attorney will be able to present the client with potential options of recovery and help them begin the process of filing in whatever way they think is most likely to get the injured party the compensation they deserve.
To learn more, contact Gwen-Marie Davis Hicks directly by calling 888-981-0108 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
If you're injured on the job in Maryland, is workers' comp your only recourse? We ask Maryland Attorney Gwen-Marie Davis Hicks in this AskTheLawyers Quick Question.
Gwen-Marie Davis Hicks:
So in Maryland, your first, you would naturally think you would file a workers' compensation claim. Call your lawyer, however, because you could file workers' comp or there could be a third party involved, which happens more times than less, and a third party involved is at fault too, and you'd be able to file a bodily injury claim. So oftentimes, for example, someone's going on a ramp, they're doing a drop off for their company, and they have a fall, torn meniscus or surgeries involved. True story happened to us, we were able to file a claim or lawsuit through a third party that wasn't through the workers' compensation claim, and if the person thought, "Oh, I only could do workers' comp." No, there's a third party claim and they wouldn't have known that if they didn't call a lawyer. So it's very important to do that.
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