Though workplace accidents occur more frequently in some industries, the truth is that employees in any position could be at risk of being injured on the job. Statistics from the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission (MD WCC) are proof. Almost 22,400 workers file claims for benefits every year. If you were hurt or suffered from an occupational disease, you may qualify for medical expenses, wage replacement, disability, and vocational assistance. For survivors who lost a family member because of work-related medical conditions, death benefits are available to provide crucial financial support.
However, the process of obtaining workers’ comp benefits can be challenging, especially when you are trying to recover from injuries and cope with loss. To avoid denials or delays, retaining a Baltimore County workers’ comp attorney is essential. As you prepare to meet with your lawyer, it is helpful to review a checklist of things to bring to your first meeting.
You may still be receiving treatment for work-related injuries or an occupational disease, but gather the medical records you have so far. Any paperwork on emergency care, hospitalization, surgery, and related treatment is useful. This information is important for two reasons:
- Employees who suffer from workplace medical conditions are entitled to benefits for the costs of all care that is reasonable and necessary as treatment.
- Your medical records also include information on your diagnosis, the prognosis for recovery, and limitations.
Employment and Wages Documents
Your attorney will want to review details on when you were hired, your position, and your regular job duties. Plus, make sure to bring along recent pay stubs or bank statements showing wages. You might be able to get an estimate of what you will receive in monetary benefits once your claim is approved.
Accident and Incident Reports
Some workplace accidents will trigger a reporting requirement through government agencies. There may be internal or external documents that would be helpful for your lawyer. Examples include:
- Reports filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH);
- Paperwork prepared by a supervisor or manager; and,
- Police reports.
Even if you do not have these reports in your possession, do mention them to your attorney so arrangements can be made to obtain them.
Notice to Employer
You are required to notify your employer about a work-related injury within 10 days. It is always wise to provide this information in writing. Have this document handy for your attorney to review. Along with any other communications with your manager, supervisor, and other co-workers.
Get Legal Help from a Maryland Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
When you bring a few of these basics to your first meeting, you make the most of your time and can move forward with appropriate steps promptly. For more information on the claims process, please call attorney Michael A. Freedman at 410.363.6848 or visit us online to schedule a free case review. A workers’ comp lawyer can meet with you at our offices in Owings Mills or Glen Burnie, MD.