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Workers’ Comp Statistics Mislead Maryland Workers
Recently released statistics from ProPublica might have Maryland workers under the wrong impression when it comes to the possibilities for their workers’ compensation awards. According to the data the study compiles, Maryland stands among the top states in the nation for awarding high maximum workers’ comp awards in the event of traumatic injuries. Upon further inspection, however, one can soon see that the traumatic injuries this data applies to only include loss of limb. While no doubt a devastating injury, the complete loss of a limb due to an on-the-job accident is a much rarer occurrence than other injuries. So do the awards for injured workers stay high across the board, regardless of injury type? Read on to find out.
While the loss of a limb might gain an injured worker a significant amount in workers’ compensation, the same might not be able to be said for a different kind of severe injury. In the cases of broken bones, pulled muscles, etc., it is more difficult to assign a set amount of money as the severity and long-term consequences of these injuries vary widely from situation to situation. Because the severity of an injury is more or less relative, those deciding on the workers’ compensation total can be more subjective, meaning they can shortchange deserving workers if they do not agree that their injury entitles them to a given amount.
How Can I Ensure I Get the Maximum Workers’ Comp Award Possible?
Battling this biased system as an injured worker can be daunting, particularly when you know that the “worth” of your injuries is being determined by someone who does not have to live with them for the rest of their life. There are things you can do, however, to protect your interests and get the compensation you do deserve. Having a doctor fully evaluate and take thorough records of your injury is one essential step you must take. The most important thing you can do is to find a workers’ compensation attorney who can successfully guide you through your case and work on your behalf to get you the maximum amount of compensation possible.
We have four offices across Maryland and Virginia with trained legal professionals ready to assist you. Please CALL US at 1-800-243-2439 to be directed to the closest Jenkins Block & Associates location to you.