What does a Maryland Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee do?

A Maryland Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee is responsible for the examination of your petition and your proposed repayment plan under a Chapter 13.  The trustee is responsible for handling the court’s end of your case from beginning to end. Chapter 13 Trustees are appointed by the United States Trustee, who is an officer of the United States Department of Justice. Maryland has three Chapter 13 Trustees:  Timothy Branigan, Rebecca Herr, and Robert Thomas.  The Chapter […]

What is Mediation in Maryland Workers Comp?

Mediation in Maryland Workers Compensation often happens when an injured worker files a claim and the workers’ compensation insurance carrier denies the claim.  Not all work injuries lead to an insurance company accepting the claim and paying benefits.  When you are injured at work and your work injury is denied, you have to file a claim with the Maryland Workers; Compensation commission to litigate the dispute. In most instances your claim will not immediately proceed […]

Winter Weather and Slip and Fall Job Injuries

Winter weather no doubt causes work injuries. Our region was just walloped with substantial snow. This often leads to slippery parking lots, ice accumulation, and slippery work surfaces. We see common injuries with slip and falls in parking lots due to refreezing of surfaces. We see truck accidents due to road conditions. We see warehouse and truck terminal injuries due to slippery surfaces. We remind workers to stay safe. Take extra time performing tasks. Be […]

Mooney Law Offers Free Phone Consultation Through February for Maryland

Mooney Law is offering FREE phone consultations through the month of February due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Mooney Law operates 15 locations through Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland. Mooney Law has recently expanded it’s geographic footprint into Maryland with two meeting locations in Frederick and Westminster. The firm’s represents Maryland clients in Workers Compensation, Auto Accidents, Social Security Disability, Bankruptcy in Chapter 7 and 13, and Elder Law and Estate Administration. Mooney Law has […]

What are ‘issues’ in Maryland Workers’ Comp?

The adjudication process of a Maryland workers’ compensation claim is significantly different than adjudication of a workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania.  Starting the adjudication process in Maryland is usually done by the filing of “Issues”.  What exactly are ‘issues’ in a Maryland Workers’ compensation case? Essentially, if either the injured worker or the employer/insurance carrier wants a hearing before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) about a matter, issues would be filed.  The filing of […]

Filing Maryland Bankruptcy During COVID-19

You can still file Maryland Bankruptcy during COVID-19 pandemic.  The US Bankruptcy Courts are opening and functioning.  COVID-19 has had more than just emotional, physical, and fear based impacts on people.  People are facing job loss, increased medical bills, increased credit card debt, missed car payments, mortgage and rent difficulties, and more.  Fortunately, these are some regulatory restrictions in place to help financial stresses, but those restrictions will not last indefinitely.  It is important for […]

You can’t pick and choose debts when filing Bankruptcy

Often times, prospective clients will call our firm about filing personal bankruptcy.  One of the concerns they raise is that they have a specific debt, such as a credit card with their personal bank, that they wish to not include in a bankruptcy filing.  The question ultimately becomes, can I exclude that debt?  The answer is — NO, you cannot exclude a debt when filing personal bankruptcy.  The U.S. Bankruptcy Code requires that all of […]

A Workers Compensation Hearing in Maryland

A Maryland Workers Compensation hearing occurs when there is a dispute between the injured employee and the employer/insurance carrier.  The initial dispute may be because your employer is disputing the occurrence of a work injury.  A hearing may be scheduled because you are not receiving on wage loss benefits.  A hearing may be scheduled because there is a dispute on the extent of permanency of the work injury.  There are many reasons why a workers […]

Five Steps When Injured at Work in Maryland

There are five easy steps that Maryland injured workers can take to protect their claim for benefits.  These steps are fairly simple, but you will be surprised how often some, or all, are not followed by an injured worker, thus causing significant complications in their claim. Step One:  Report the Work Injury When you suffer an injury at work in Maryland, it is imperative that you report the injury right away to your employer.  First, […]

Average Weekly Wage Calculations in Maryland Are Important

How are wage loss benefits calculated under Maryland Workers Compensation.  First, it is important to understand that benefits are based on wage information that is unique to each individual worker.  Hence, comparing benefits with a friend or a neighbor is not helpful. Maryland calculates wage information to determine the injured worker’s “average weekly wage.”  The average weekly wage calculation is based on average earnings per week.  More specifically, the calculation is based on the injured […]