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CECIL COUNTY WORKERS COMPENSATION ATTORNEY- Maryland Law

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Andrew M. Rodabaugh handles workers compensation cases in Cecil County, Maryland and throughout the state.

Cecil County residents are regularly hurt on the job and deserve quality representation by a rehearsed workers compensation attorney.  In a great majority of cases the fact that the injured worker resides in Cecil County, was injured while working for a Cecil County employer, or was injured in Cecil County will not make much of a difference, however there are some distinctions that the injured worker should be aware of as they endure the workers comp process.

 

For a no cost consultation with Cecil County Workers Comp Attorney Andrew M. Rodabaugh call  +1 (410) 937-1659  , Email ,  or fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

 

 

Cecil County Maryland workers compensation cases and the distinctions that may be present

Workers Compensation laws are drafted at the state level which means that the laws vary from state to state with the exception of some industries such as Longshoreman who are covered under seperate workers compensation laws.  Federal workers compensation laws will apply for federal employees, and state law will apply to Maryland state and county employees as well as private sector employees.  While there are virtually no legal distinctions of a Cecil County claim and that of one from a different jurisdiction like Harford County there are some practical distinctions that may arise in the claim process.  

One key distinction prevalent in Cecil County workers comp cases is the jurisdiction of the legal proceedings and the selection of venue.  Initial administrative hearings will be held in either the Frederick County Workers Compensation Commission, Baltimore City Workers Compensation Commission or the Harford County Workers Compensation Commission.  Ordinarily the jurisdiction of the Commission locale is based on the injured workers place of residence.  If the worker does not live in Cecil County but works there the proper venue may be somewhere such as Beltsville, Cambridge, or one of the other locations.

Once the administrative hearings are concluded the parties have the option of appealing any decision of the Workers Compensation Commission.  Cecil County workers compensation cases most often fall under the Appellate jurisdiction of the Cecil County Circuit Court.  Appeals are taken in very few workers comp cases so the expectation of seeing a court room is limited.

The nature of the occupations have a direct affect on the severity of injuries expected and the number of injuries expected.  Cecil County seems to consist of an equal amount of Blue Collar hard labor workers versus blue collar office and administrative personnel.  The U.S statistics can be found here.  Other jurisdictions may be made up of a larger number or white collar employees that are not exposed to as many hazards and risks therefore injuries are less common, and severe injuries not likely.

Common questions for Cecil County workers compensation cases

  1.  How does the attorney get paid?  A workers compensation attorney is paid on a contingency basis and recovers no fee unless the attorney is able to recover money for the injured worker.  The statutory code of Maryland mandates the fee any Cecil County, or Maryland workers compensation attorney can charge.  If a permanency award is recovered the maximum fee amount is 20%.  For back owed lost wages the maximum fee amount is 10%.  For any settlement of a claim the fee is calculated using an equation and is ordinarily not more than 20%.
  2. Will I have to go to a hearing at the workers comp commission?  Hearings are not always necessitated in the claims however in a many claims a hearing to determine the permanency of the injured individual will take place.  In workers compensation cases that are more complex such as those requiring bone fusions or multiple surgeries multiple hearings can be expected.
  3. Am I entitled to lost wages for missing work?  Lost wages, referred to as temporary total disability is paid at 2/3 of the injured workers average weekly wage.  The injured worker is entitled to these payments if they are told by a doctor that they can not work in any capacity or the employer can not accommodate light duty restrictions.
  4. Do I have to retain a workers compensation attorney?  There are no laws requiring an injured worker higher a lawyer to represent them however it is usually a good idea.  The workers comp insurer has an attorney advising them and if the injured worker wants fair and just treatment an attorney is needed. 
  5. What benefits am I entitled to under Maryland workers compensation?  The benefits are numerous including lost wages, permanency/settlement, paid medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation and more.

Examples of some Cecil County workers comp cases Mr. Rodabaugh has handled

  • Injured Janitor slipped and fell on the grass section of the parking lot injuring his shoulder.  After undergoing shoulder surgery workers comp refused to pay for it.  The surgery was paid for and the injured recovered over $30,000 in a settlement.
  • Grocery store employee injured her shoulder when attempting to lift a five gallon bucket of food product.  She underwent multiple injections and eventual surgery.  A second surgery was recommended however she chose not to undergo the second surgery.  The case went to permanency and she was awarded over $40,000 and the option to continue treatment in the future is available along with the option to obtain further compensation.
  • The groundskeeper for a private church and daycare injured his right knee when descending a set of steps.  Arthroscopic surgery was performed and a course of physical therapy.  The injured worker’s case was settled with the option to seek treatment in the future.
  • A photographer injured his neck while taking pictures at an educational event.  He was maneuvering a room and tripped on a cord resulting in a fall to the cement floor. An MRI was performed and a short course of physical therapy was obtained.  The case was heard at the Frederick workers compensation commission and a permanency award was obtained.  Seeking full justice Mr. Rodabaugh appealed the decision of the workers compensation commission and obtained additional money over $5,000.

 

I needed a lawyer for my workers compensation case. I was referred to Mr. Rodabaugh. I was very nervous about the case, and a little overwhelmed. Mr. Rodabaugh took extra time to talk to me (lots of questions he answered over the phone) and explained step by step of how everything worked. He was very confident, and made me feel comfortable with my case and decision. I highly recommend Mr. Rodabaugh.
  • Five Stars
L.F.Technician

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For a no cost consultation with Harford County Maryland workers compensation Attorney Andrew M. Rodabaugh call  +1 (410) 937-1659     , Email ,  or fill out the form below:

 
 
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