Practice Areas: Practice Areas: Worker's Compensation
Being injured at work brings with it having to deal with the legal ramifications of ensuring your rights are protected and you obtain all the benefits to which you are legally entitled. An employer is required by law to have workers compensation coverage on its employees. However, undertaking the steps to fully claim the benefits and preserve rights is on the employee. For example, in an accidental injury case, an employee needs to file an Employee Claim Form his or her self with the Maryland Workers Compensation Commission (the Court for workers compensation, not to be confused with the insurance company) within two years of the accidental injury, or the claim may be time barred. This Employee Claim Form needs to be filed even if the insurance company has paid some benefits voluntarily, or the right to further or future benefits will be in jeopardy. In an occupational disease case, other time limits may apply as well, which affect the deadline for the filing of an Employee Claim Form. Legal concepts and terms you would likely need to know include accidental injury, occupational disease, arising out of and in the course of employment, medical causation, medical benefits payment, temporary total disability benefits, vocational rehabilitation benefits, permanency benefits, apportionment, claims procedures, and others. How these legal concepts interrelate to each other is also important.
It can be quite confusing and complicated. The workers compensation insurance company has a trained staff of adjustors and lawyers working to minimize the responsibility and payout of the workers compensation benefits for the injury you suffered. Do you know the law? Do you know the law applies to the facts of your case? Do you know what the insurance company can be required to pay, not just what they want to pay? And when? Shouldn't you find out? Shouldn't you have someone to protect your rights and interests as the injured person? Only an attorney can do so for you.
Since 1986, Donald J. Arnold has been successfully representing individuals injured at work, obtaining for his clients the compensation such individual is entitled to receive, not just what the insurance company wants to pay. Mr Arnold is authorized to practice law in all state and federal trial and appeals courts covering Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland Law School, with honors, 1986, and was admitted to the Maryland Bar that same year, having passed the Bar Exam on the first attempt. He was admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in 1987, the U.S. Court of Appeals (Fourth Circuit) in 1991, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993.
For more information or an appointment call (410) 838-2542. Toll Free (For those outside Harford and Baltimore Counties) is 888-808-0449. Mr Arnold prefers initial potential client contact to be by telephone or appointment in person, with use of e-mail being reserved for existing clients after an appropriate attorney-client relationship has been formally established.
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