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 […]

Maryland Workers Compensation Commission Issues Courtroom Protocols

The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission issued courtroom protocols today, as it moves to return to in-person hearings.  The hearings procedures will be vastly different due to COVID-19.  As the Commission moves to begin in-person hearings, here are the changes in guidelines at hearing locations. Persons should expect to wear masks/face coverings while entering and exiting the hearing location Persons should expect to answer questions prior to entering the hearing location.  If a person refuses to […]

Hernias do not meet occupational disease definition in Maryland workers compensation

Hernia work injuries must occur form an accidental injury to be compensable in Maryland workers compensation.  Recently, the Maryland Court of Appeals decided a case on hernias and occupational disease. Let’s start there.  Under the Maryland Workers Compensation Act, an injured worker can claim an accidental injury or an occupational disease. The definition of these distinct injures are: An accidental injury is one that happens ‘by chance or without design, taking place unexpectedly or unintentionally.” […]

What is a permanency award in Maryland Workers’ Compensation?

Pennsylvania and Maryland workers’ compensation systems are starkly different in terms of benefits and settlements.  So if you have been injured at work in Maryland, what is your case worth? First, while an injured worker is recovering from a work injury, the injured worker may be entitled to temporary disability benefits.  If the injured worker is out of work due to the injury, then the injured worker may receive temporary total disability. Additionally, if the […]

Can Maryland injured workers choose their own doctor?

The answer to the question is, in Maryland, you can choose your own doctor to treat for a Maryland worker-related injury.  Besides wage loss benefits, the biggest concern of any injured worker is their own medical treatment. Because Pennsylvania and Maryland neighbor each other, injured workers often get confused at differences between the two states when handling a work-related injury.  Many injured workers we represent live in northern Maryland or live in Pennsylvania, but get […]