Maryland Workers’ Compensation Employee Rights
As an employee, you have certain rights when you are injured on the job, in particular your right to file a workers’ compensation claim without fear of retaliation from your boss. The attorneys at Frame & Frame can help you understand your rights after a workplace injury. More importantly, we can represent you at every stage of your claim, and will work vigorously to protect your rights at every step. See below for more information about some of your rights as an employee under Maryland workers’ compensation law. If you have been retaliated against for making a claim or otherwise denied your rights under the law, call Frame & Frame in Pasadena at 410-255-0373 or in Stevensville at 410-643-2202 for a free case evaluation.
Employees are protected against retaliation for filing a workers’ comp claim in Maryland
Being protected from retaliation means that it is illegal for your employer to punish you in any way for filing a workers’ compensation claim. You cannot be fired, transferred, demoted, disciplined, discriminated against or treated negatively in any way because you filed a claim. This protection from retaliation also includes inquiring about benefits even if you haven’t made a claim, or cooperating with a workers’ comp investigation regarding your claim or a claim filed by another employee.
Right to complain about workplace safety
Workers who file a complaint about workplace safety through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are protected from retaliation. Under federal law, it is illegal for an employer to transfer, demote, fire or otherwise retaliate against a worker for exercising these rights. Employees who believe they have been retaliated against may file a whistleblower complaint.
Right to benefits during vocational rehabilitation
Among the many benefits you may be entitled to as part of Maryland workers’ compensation are medical expenses; lost wages and future earning capacity; mileage, parking and tolls in relation to treatment; and monetary awards for a permanent injury or disability. If you are unable to return to your previous line of work, you are also entitled to vocational rehabilitation, job placement or retaining to help you find another occupation. You have a right to receive benefits, including temporary total disability (TTD), during a period of job search or retraining as part of the vocational rehabilitation process. If your claim of an inability to return to work is contested, you have a right to a hearing before the Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC), and a right to appeal any decision of the WCC to circuit court. You have the right to be advised and represented by an attorney throughout this process.
Get Help from Experienced and Successful Maryland Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Committed to Your Success
These are just some of your rights when you have been injured on the job. For compassionate and dedicated personal service from knowledge and experienced Maryland workers’ compensation attorneys, contact Frame & Frame at our offices in Pasadena (410-255-0373) or Stevensville (410-643-2202).