When you’ve been injured at work it can be a stressful and confusing time. Chances are you’ve considered filing a workers’ compensation claim. But you may have some doubts based on negative things you’ve heard about the process and what to expect. We are here to set the record straight on some common workers’ compensation myths.
If I Was at Fault I Can’t Receive Workers’ Compensation
You may have heard this myth from your employer in an attempt to deter you from filing a claim. Workers’ compensation benefits are provided on a no-fault basis, meaning you can be paid benefits regardless of who was at fault for your injury. This also means that it does not matter if your employer was responsible for your injury either.
I Will Get Fired if I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim
In Maryland, it is actually a criminal offense to fire someone for filing a workers’ compensation claim. An employer cannot fire you solely for filing a claim. However, there may be other reasons, such as your inability to physically perform your job that can result in your termination.
I Can Wait to File My Claim
It is important that you don’t delay in filing your workers’ compensation claim. In Maryland, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident that caused your injury. If your injury occurred over time the clock starts when you should have known that your injury was work-related.
I am Entitled to Payment for my Pain and Suffering
Unfortunately damages for pain and suffering are not recoverable in a claim for workers’ compensation. Pain and suffering are non-economic damages that can’t be recovered. You can, however, recover these damages if a third party is liable for your work-related injury.
I Don’t Need to Hire an Attorney for my Workers’ Compensation Claim
There are important reasons why hiring a workers’ compensation attorney can be beneficial to your claim. Dealing with insurance companies can be stressful and the issues surrounding your workers’ compensation claim may be complicated. It’s important to have someone on your side who can help you through the process.
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you’ve been injured at work, you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help you through the process. Contact the lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC online or call us at 844-632-7274 for a free consultation.