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MARYLAND WORKERS COMP CHECKS

Baltimore Maryland workers compensation attorney Andrew M. Rodabaugh Esq.

There are a number of forms of compensation issued to injured workers and workers comp checks may be issued to replace lost wages, as a form of settlement, as the result of a permanency award, or while the injured worker goes through vocational rehabilitation.  Injured workers rely on their workers comp check being timely and accurate unfortunately the check all too often are issued late or in an inaccurate amount.

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If your workers comp checks are late and you wish to speak with Maryland workers compensation attorney Andrew M. Rodabaugh For a free consultation   Call Click to email  or just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and Mr. Rodabaugh will contact you!

THE TYPES OF WORKERS COMP CHECKS

It is important for the injured worker to understand the types of money available so that they do not short change themselves when it comes time for settlement.  Understanding the various forms of potential cash is important for any injured worker and they should discuss workers comp money available to them with their Maryland work injury attorney so that all benefits are accounted for at the time of settlement.

It is important to note that the only way to force workers comp money from the insurance company is to go to a hearing before the Workers Compensation Commission.  If you believe you are owed money from workers comp contact Maryland Workers Compensation Attorney Andrew M. Rodabaugh for a FREE consultation at

Lost wages workers comp checks or Temporary Total Disability (TTD)–

In every Maryland workers compensation case there is potential for the injured worker to obtain lost wage money if they missed time from work because of the work accident.  These wages are paid at 2/3’s of the injured workers average paycheck.  The 2/3 is tax free but the injured worker may be responsible to pay for health insurance, retirement, or any other contributions that they ordinarily pay out of their paycheck.  In some circumstances the employer voluntarily pays the employee full salary in lieu of the workers comp money.  In Maryland this is completely voluntary and up to the employer.  If the employer pays full salary then the injured worker would not qualify for lost wage money in Maryland.

Workers Comp checks or Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) money-

Once the employee is released from their doctors care or is found to be at Maximum Medical Improvement the injured worker may qualify for permanency money.  In Maryland this is referred to as Permanent Partial Disability money (PPD money) and is only available to employees with remaining issues as a result of the injury.  This could be scarring, minor aches and pains, hardware in their body, or any other “permanent” issue.  In order to obtain permanency money a rating would likely be necessary.  Also, a hearing before the Commission may also be necessary and if so it is a good idea to have a Maryland workers compensation Attorney assist.

Maryland workers comp checks when reopening a case

Injured Maryland workers who have gone to a permanency hearing, or have obtained permanency money are entitled to attempt to reopen their claim for further compensation and medical treatment.  This is ordinarily not willingly provided by the insurance company.  The injured worker who has not settle their case but only obtained permanency may reopen and obtain further medical treatment if there is a doctor that is so prescribing.  If the injured worker is worse then they were at the time of the prior permanency money then they can have an updated rating performed and seek out more permanency money.  The option of reopening is often something that the injured worker fails to understand or realize as an option.  Often the injured worker believes that when they go to a permanency hearing or get permanency money that is a settlement of their claim.  There is a distinct difference in permanency money and settlement money under Maryland workers compensation laws.

Workers Comp check when case is settled

Settlement money may be paid by workers comp to the injured Maryland Worker in an attempt to foreclose all or a part of their rights to future benefits under the claim.  Settlement money paid may be only to close out the medical portion of the case, the indemnity portion of the case, or both.

Workers Comp checks while going through vocational rehabilitation

If the injured Maryland worker loses his job because of the workplace injury then he or she may be a candidate for vocational rehabilitation.  Vocational rehabilitation is essentially a job counseling program that will help the injured worker find work, or train the injured worker for better re-entry into the job market.  Along with the counseling, the injured worker is entitled to Vocational Rehabiliation money while they seek employment.  This money is paid out at the same rate as the lost wages- 2/3 of the average weekly paycheck of the injured Maryland worker.

WORKERS COMP CHECKS ARE LATE

Workers that are unfortunate enough to get hurt on the job in Maryland may be entitled to receive lost wages.  These workers comp payments are called temporary total disability benefits.  The amount, timeliness, and accuracy of these payments should be verified with a workers comp attorney.

Workers Compensation attorneys regularly go to hearing to get the workers compensation checks reinstated, or to force the workers comp insurance company to send these checks on time!  Representation by an attorney is on a contingency basis meaning no money recovered no fee.  Fees allowed are only up to 20% in Maryland.

Am I entitled to the Maryland workers comp check for lost wages or temporary total disability?

If you are an employee, are injured while performing a job related task, and are being instructed by a physician to avoid work then you are most likely entitled to temporary total disability payments.  In some circumstances employers will offer accommodations to the injured worker so that they may continue to work while also undergoing medical treatment.  In these circumstances the injured worker must take care when determining whether they are entitled to a workers comp check.  Ordinarily the lost wage workers comp check is paid only if the injured worker is held out of work completely and does not work for any employer. 

How much should the workers comp check be if I am not able to work?

For most workers these payments are to be in the amount of 2/3 or 66% of the workers average weekly wage. The average weekly wage is based on the wages the injured worker received for the prior 14 weeks of pay.  In the event the employee did not work for the 14 weeks an average should still be used to determine the workers comp check amount.  For now these wages are to be paid tax free.  Confirmation of the tax ramifications should be done with a qualified accountant or tax attorney.

In some instances workers hurt on the job in Maryland are entitled to full wages.  This is often the case with municipality employees- city, county, Maryland state, and some townships provide wage continuation for a certain period of time.  Wage continuation is volunteered by these employers and is not required under Maryland workers comp laws.  There are also a handful of public companies that voluntarily pay their injured employees full salary for a specific duration.  Southwest Airlines is one company that has provided this benefit for their injured employees in the past.  With these payments being made the employee will most likely not qualify for workers comp checks for lost wages as they are enjoying a wage continuation program.

If the employer does have a policy to pay full salary in lieu of lost wages it is most likely only for a period of time and not permanent.  Once the period of voluntary full salary payment ends the Maryland Workers Compensation insurer is obligated to begin paying the workers comp checks or temporary total disability payments.

Common Issues with Maryland workers comp checks

Getting paid regularly– Very often the workers comp checks or temporary total checks (ttd) are not paid timely.  It is common for injured workers to receive piecemeal checks for a couple days at a time, or a check that includes two weeks of payments.  This can be, not only aggravating, but financially debilitating for these workers.  A qualified and experienced Maryland Workers Compensation Attorney can help ensure these benefits are received regularly.  Under Maryland law employees are to receive these checks within 15 days or penalties may be applicable.

Payments later than 15 days can lead to a 20% penalty.

Payments later than 30 days can lead to a 40% penalty.

Coordinating treatment with out of work notes- As stated in order to be entitled to ttd payments a worker must have an out of work note from a doctor.  Some doctors are reluctant to provide these notes while other doctors may not completely understand the importance of having an up to date out of work note.  For every Maryland workers compensation case there is an adjuster or workers comp case manager eager to stop making those ttd payments.  This means that if an out of work note is late or does not cover every day then benefits may be cut off.  Occasionally doctors appointments will be delayed and leave the injured worker no opportunity to get an updated out of work note.  The payments then stop.

If your workers comp checks are late and you wish to speak with Maryland workers compensation attorney Andrew M. Rodabaugh For a free consultation   Call Click to email  or just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and Mr. Rodabaugh will contact you!

 

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Workers Compensation Attorney
Service Type
Workers Compensation Attorney
Provider Name
Andrew M. Rodabaugh Esquire,
Baltimore,Baltimore,Baltimore- Telephone No.410-937-1659
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Maryland
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Workers compensation attorneys can help obtain workers comp checks in a timely fashion and ensure they are accurate and not an underpayment.