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Suffered A Construction Accident?
Construction site work is physically challenging and arduous and full of hazards. Due to the inherently risky nature of working on construction sites, injuries, both non-life threatening and lethal, remain prevalent. If you have been injured on the job, the attorneys at Krum, Gergely & Oates will work with you to get the compensation you may be entitled to recover. We will work with you in filing your workers’ compensation claim and personal injury suit on your behalf.
In Maryland, if you have been injured while on the job at a construction site you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is available regardless of any attributable fault. Workers’ compensation provides coverage for lost wages and medical expenses for on-the-job injuries. It is crucial that you immediately report any work-related injury to a supervisor so that it may be properly documented and to immediately seek medical attention. Covered medical benefits include hospitalization, surgery, prescription, doctor visits, and so on. It is important that you retain the services of an attorney to assist with preparing the workers’ compensation claim and to ensure reimbursement for eligible covered services.
Sometimes workers’ compensation claims do not cover all of your expenses, and it may be necessary to file a third-party personal injury lawsuit. Generally, one is prevented from collecting workers’ compensation and also filing a civil suit against the employer. However, you may have a personal injury claim against a third-party, such as the maker of the defective machine, the property owner, or the general contractor. Third-party suits allow you to collect compensation for claims not covered under workers’ compensation, such as pain and suffering and uncovered medical expenses. The attorneys at Krum, Gergely & Oates have years of experience in filing such claims, and workers’ compensation claims, and will guide you step-by-step in obtaining compensation on your behalf.
- Falls from heights, for instance from unstable ladders or scaffolding
- Faulty or defective machinery-related injuries
- Exposure to chemicals, for example, working around asbestos
- Failure to follow safety protocols
Under Maryland Code, Labor and Employment, section 9-101 the covered job-related accident or illness must: (1) occur because of required job conditions and (2) occur when the employee is doing their job.
There are three types of claims that can be brought under workers’ compensation cases and each has its own notice requirements:
- Accidental injury
- Occupational disease
- Death benefits
The claim form to initiate a claim request with the Workers’ Compensation Claim Commission must be filed within 2 years of the accident.
The notice and claim filing time limits are critical and failure to adhere to the time limits may bar recovery. It is important to contact a lawyer immediately if you or a loved one has suffered a work-related injury.
- Medical Bills Replacement Services
- Pain and SufferingPunitive Damages
- Loss of ConsortiumProperty Damage
- Lost WagesFuture Medical Bills
- Lost Earning Capacity