Maryland Police Officer and Firefighter Workers’ Compensation Responsibilities
On a day-to-day basis, Maryland police and fire personnel face unique occupational hazards. It is not uncommon for these safety officers to become involved in a wide range of dangerous situations in order to protect the public. Fortunately, law enforcement officers and firefighters are entitled to medical and income benefits through workers’ compensation in the event of on-the-job injury or illness.
The Maryland workers’ compensation lawyers at Alpert Schreyer understand the many challenges and dangers that these brave men and women confront in order to make our communities safer. That is why we are dedicated to helping injured firemen, police officers and their families receive the financial compensation and benefits they need to recover. To learn more about your legal rights and entitlements under workers’ compensation, call us at (866) 444-6363 to schedule a free and informative consultation with a knowledgeable attorney today.
What Should Firefighters and Police Officers Do After an On-the-Job Accident?
Whether you have been injured in the line of duty or have developed an illness over time due to exposure to harmful chemicals or repetitive actions, it is crucial that you notify your supervisor as soon as possible.
You must also seek medical attention for any injuries or health concerns that you believe are related to or caused by your duties. You may go to an employee health center, if available, or seek a medical provider who is included in your employer’s Workers’ Compensation healthcare network. If you are eligible, you may receive retroactive payments for your medical expenses.
The medical professional will provide you with a detailed assessment of your injury and the type and duration of any necessary treatment. It is important to document any additional medical visits and inform your supervisor after every visit. This medical report can be used as evidence that your injury or illness is work-related when you file a claim with Maryland’s Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC).
Upon receiving your claim form, the WCC will provide a claim number and issue a Notice of Employee’s Claim to your employer and insurer. Your employer will have within 21 days to dispute or confirm your claim, after which the WCC will provide your necessary benefits.
It can be confusing and overwhelming to navigate the workers’ comp process, especially if you have suffered catastrophic injury or illness. Consult with an experienced work injury attorney at any point after you have been harmed to ensure the success of your claim and that your rights are fully protected.
What if a Third Party Causes a Work-Related Accident?
In many cases, police officers and firefighters can suffer significant injury while on-the-job as a result of motor vehicle accidents. If a negligent driver or other third party is responsible for the harm you have suffered while on duty, you may be entitled to file for both workers’ compensation benefits as well as a personal injury lawsuit. The third party may be held accountable for damages, such as medical expenses, future loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.
In order to pursue a third party case, contact a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible to find out whether you have a viable claim.
Protecting Your Rights
No matter how minor or severe the injury or illness you have suffered, do not hesitate to take action to receive your rightful compensation. As a public safety officer, you put your health and well-being on the line to protect others; now it’s your turn to get the help you more than deserve; let the workers’ compensation attorneys at Alpert Schreyer protect your right to recover. Call our toll-free number to learn more about your workers’ compensation benefits.