Workers’ compensation benefits are crucial for injured workers and their families. For that reason, injured workers, and workers suffering an occupational illness, need to be familiar with the different types of workers’ compensation benefits that are available to injured workers in Maryland when they suffer a workplace accident.
The different types of workers’ compensation benefits available
There are several different types of workers’ compensation benefits available to help injured workers through the challenges they face if they are struggling with a workplace injury or illness. Workers compensation benefits in Maryland can include:
- Medical treatment benefits – medical treatment benefits cover medical treatment from any doctor the injured worker wishes to see and the doctor is only permitted to charge the amount permitted Workers’ Compensation Commission.
- Wage replacement benefits – injured workers can receive up to two-thirds of their weekly wage. It is subject to the state-imposed maximum.
- Vocational rehabilitation – injured workers who are unable to return to their job can utilize vocational rehabilitation services offered through workers’ compensation to help them find another job.
Workers’ compensation benefits also have notice and filing requirements that injured workers need to ensure they follow. Injured workers have 10 days to report their injury to their employer following a workplace accident and workers suffering with an occupational illness have one year to report their illness to their employer.
There are also options to appeal a denial of workers’ compensation benefits and familiarity with the process can better help injured workers navigate their claim for benefits. Because injured workers have enough to cope with following a workplace injury or illness, they should be familiar with how workers’ compensation benefits can help them through the recovery process following a workplace accident.