When you are injured at work, you may not be able to return to your job for days, weeks, months, or even years. This is when workers’ compensation comes into play. But in the case that you are denied benefits or given insufficient benefits, then you may be able to appeal your workers’ compensation claim. Continue reading to learn the possibility of appealing your award and how one of the experienced Baltimore County workplace accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Markey & Orsi can help you in doing so.
What is a workers’ compensation award?
Simply put, workers’ compensation is a program that offers benefits to eligible employees who are unable to return to work for a given period. These benefits can be used to cover the cost of medical care, current lost wages, future lost wages, and any other damage that an injured employee may endure. What’s more, these benefits can also include supplemental benefits, social security benefits, and even long-term benefits if they are no longer able to work.
Is it possible to appeal my workers’ compensation award?
Say, for instance, that the state of Maryland’s workers’ compensation commission denied your original claim even though you are suffering from a serious injury that you sustained at work. In this case, you may be eligible to file an appeal with the applicable circuit court. With this, you should not proceed without legal representation from a skilled Baltimore County workplace attorney. And if necessary, your attorney can appeal it even further to the Court of Special Appeals. Notably, they can take your appeal as far as the Court of Appeals.
Importantly, you only have 30 days from the date the original decision was mailed to you to file an appeal.
What should I do after I file an appeal?
Once you decide to file an appeal for your workers’ compensation denial, you must abide by the state of Maryland’s workers’ compensation guidelines. Now more than ever, you want to prevent the commission from questioning your workplace injury and your eligibility for an award. With that being said, you should follow the below tips:
- Be sure that you reported your injury to your employer as soon as it occurred.
- Be sure to keep track of your medical documents before and after you filed an appeal.
- Be sure to continue your treatments and doctor’s recommendations after you filed an appeal.
- Be sure to continue attending your scheduled doctor’s appointments after you filed an appeal.
For more information on how to appeal your workers’ compensation award, reach out to one of the skilled personal injury attorneys in Baltimore County. After assessing your situation during your free initial consultation, we will know exactly what to do.