Injuries in the workplace are not uncommon. This, however, does not mean that such injuries should be ignored. When an employee is injured as the result of a workplace accident, and someone else might be legally responsible for that harm, you have a personal injury case.
If I Am Injured on the Job, What Do I Do Next?
Your employer has a legal obligation to provide a safe and healthy work environment. If your employer fails to do this and you are injured on the job, it is important to take action. First, report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. Failure to report an injury in a timely manner can forfeit your right to workers’ compensation benefits. Next, file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ Compensation is a system in Maryland law to provide employees who have been injured on the job with a way to obtain benefits including, but not limited to, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation and payment for lost wages.
If you disagree with any decision by your employer, their insurance company, or the workers’ compensation court, you have the right to appeal that decision.
Seek Legal Guidance
If you were injured while on the job, you need to know your legal rights. And because every personal injury case is different, it is important to seek legal counsel as early as possible. With four office locations throughout Maryland and Virginia, and more than 43 years of combined personal injury experience, Jenkins Block & Associates is well-positioned to meet your legal needs. We represent clients in all types of accident cases, including workplace injuries.
Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Maryland Need to Be Filed within a Certain Amount of Time?
Yes. You have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time limit is known as a Statute of Limitations, and the exact extent of that time period varies from state to state. Here in Maryland, the statute of limitations for personal injury is three years (Cts. & Jud. Proc. §5-105).
The idea behind statute of limitations laws is to establish viability and keep legal matters from hanging over an employer’s head indefinitely.
If you have any questions about Personal Injury Cases in Maryland, please contact Jenkins Block & Associates to make sure you understand your legal rights. CALL US at 1-800-243-2439 to be directed to the location nearest you.