What Happens if I Cannot Return to My Work Duties After an Injury?

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Sustaining an injury at work can be incredibly upsetting, as you may worry about how you will earn an income when you must take time off to heal. However, this can be even more complex when the injuries you sustained on the job prevent you from returning to work in the same job you previously held. If this reflects your circumstances, you’ll want to keep reading to learn what you should know about these complicated legal issues and why it’s imperative to connect with Baltimore County workplace accident attorneys who can help you fight for the compensation you deserve if you cannot return to your previous work duties.

What Damages Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?

If you are injured while on the job, it’s important to understand the compensation you can receive for your injuries. This includes the cost of medical care, damage to personal property, and non-economic damages like pain and suffering.  Generally, you can file a workers’ comp claim to recover funds in most cases of job-related injuries. If you were on the job and performing tasks within the scope of your duties, you are likely eligible to file a claim. This is true even if the injury was your fault. You do not have to prove negligence on behalf of your employer to file a claim, as by filing workers’ comp, you agree to relinquish the right to file a lawsuit against your employer.

However, if you were engaged in illegal activity, a physical altercation with a co-worker, or you were intoxicated on the job which caused your injuries, you are not eligible to file a claim through workers’ compensation.

What Should I Know If I Cannot Return to My Work Duties Following a Work Injury?

Sustaining an injury while on the job can be incredibly overwhelming, leading you to suffer financially. The combination of medical bills and no paycheck can lead to stress. As such, understanding what happens if the injuries you’ve sustained prevent you from returning to your previous job is critical.

In general, workers’ compensation will help cover future lost wages. As such, if you cannot return to work or cannot return to the job you once held, the losses you’ve suffered can be calculated and you can receive compensation for these damages. However, trying to navigate this on your own can be complex. Working with an attorney can help provide resources to vocational experts who can calculate the losses you’ll endure because of your inability to return to your previous job capacity.

If your claim is denied or disputed by your employer, it’s in your best interest to seek legal counsel who can guide you through these matters. Not only will working with an attorney help provide an accurate calculation of how much money you deserve for the injuries you’ve sustained, but it can also help ensure you are protected during these times.

In the event you cannot return to your work duties because of an injury you sustained while on the job, the team at the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi can help. We understand how complicated these matters can be, which is why we will do everything possible to assist you. Connect with us today to learn more.

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