If you are a teacher in Maryland and you are working in a school system in the state, you have been covered by workers’ compensation since they first day on the job. That means that you are covered for injuries that you get while you are on the job or traveling from one location to another for work purposes.
There is a list of the injuries that are covered and those that are not so if you aren’t sure if your particular injury is covered, you will want to find out for sure. In any case, you should adhere strictly to the following protocol:
- If you have been injured, you should report it to your supervisor.
- Make sure to file a claim for workers’ compensation within a few days of being injured. You will need to file an incident report in addition to the workers’ compensation claim but keep in mind that both claims are necessary.
- You may need to ask for help to file your claim. You have that support available to you. Additionally, you will probably want to get the name of a workers’ compensation attorney with expertise in that area of the law. It is important to understand that you will not receive any payments from workers’ compensation until your claim has been approved.
Can I see my own physician?
From a legal perspective, you are allowed to see a doctor of your choosing. However, you may also be told that you need to see a doctor who is recommended by Workers’ Compensation for you to qualify for benefits. As a teacher, you most likely have the protection of a union. The union will make sure that you receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled, possibly including sick leave, assault leave and/or injury on the job leave.
Valuable counsel of a Maryland workers’ compensation attorney
If you are a teacher in Maryland and have been injured on the job or while driving from one worksite to another, the expertise of a workers’ compensation attorney may prove to be invaluable to your case. Applying for workers’ compensation benefits may seem complex and even daunting. The attorney can walk you through the steps and can offer you solid support while protecting your rights at the same time.