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Montgomery County, MD Workers Compensation Lawyer

Montgomery County MD workers compensation lawyerIf you or someone you love was injured while on the job or is ill because of their job in Montgomery County, a good Montgomery County MD workers compensation lawyer may be able to help you get the compensation you are entitled to.

Does your firm charge a fee to determine if I have a valid workers’ compensation claim?

No. Cohen & Cohen, P.C. offers free and confidential case evaluations where you will meet with one of our workers comp attorneys who will evaluate your case and determine what type of legal options you may have. There is no obligation.

What type of benefits am I entitled to under workers’ compensation?

If you have sustained a work-related injury or illness, you are entitled to medical treatment, payment of all medical expenses, including medications and equipment. You are also entitled to wage benefits while you are recovering from your injury. Depending on what type of long-term or permanent damage you have, you may also be entitled to a lump sum or periodic lifetime payments, as well as vocational counseling and training. A Montgomery County, MD workers compensation lawyer can help you to determine how much money you are going to need to recover and get all of the care you need now, and that which you might need in the future.

Is my employer or their insurance company required by law to inform me of all the benefits and rights I have under workers’ compensation laws?

Although each state sets its own laws, most do not require employers or insurance companies to advise an injured employee of their rights or of the benefits they are entitled to under the law. This is why it is critical to have a workers comp attorney representing you. Your attorney will know exactly what benefits you should receive, as well as what all of your legal rights and protections are under the law. For example, there may be deadlines for filing for certain benefits you are legally entitled to but if you miss the deadline, you miss the opportunity to receive those benefits. The insurance company will never remind you the deadline is coming up, however, your Montgomery County, MD workers compensation lawyer will make sure that no deadlines are missed.

What if my benefits are suddenly stopped?

If at any time the insurance company threatens you with terminating your benefits, or you do not receive a benefit, contact your workers comp attorney immediately. This is a tactic that is often used to create financial stress for an injured employee so they will settle their case quickly.

What is a third-party case?

It is not uncommon for an injured worker to have two different claims open for the same injury. For example, a carpenter who is injured in a fall caused by wiring materials carelessly left behind by an electrician working for another company, would likely open a workers compensation claim with the construction company they work for and a personal injury claim against the company the electrician works for.

To help you with the legal aspects of how and who you should seek damages from, it may be in your best interest to enlist the help of a licensed Montgomery County, MD workers compensation lawyer.

Is a repetitive trauma injury considered a work-related injury?

Absolutely. Any type of job that requires an employee to perform the same repetitive activity can lead to an injury or condition that is considered work-related. These types of injuries can develop in the arms, shoulders, back, and other body parts. An example of a repetitive trauma injury is carpal tunnel syndrome.

What if my claim is denied?

If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the denial with Maryland workers’ compensation commission. A workers’ compensation attorney can prepare an appeal to present to the commission in order to get the denial reversed.

For a Montgomery County, MD workers compensation lawyer who has successfully defended the rights of workers for over 25 years, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for a free case evaluation.

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