Practice Areas of
Douglas A. Jones practices in Workers’ Compensation Law
It is most important that a claim be timely filed with the Workers’ Compensation Commission in Baltimore, or the claim will be barred.
Subject to some exceptions, under workers’ compensation law employers are required to carry insurance to recover benefits for injuries resulting from accidental injury or occupational disease.
Generally the employer and insurer are responsible to pay for medical treatment related to the claimant’s compensable injury for the rest of the claimant’s life. The claimant has the right to choose his/her own physician.
Also, generally, the employer and insurer are obligated to pay for temporary total disability for any period that a claimant unable to work because of the injury. If that temporary disability is partial, the claimant may be entitled to temporary partial disability.
If the claimant reaches maximum medical improvement and he or she is unable to return to comparable employment, he or she may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation, to assist in finding employment or for retraining. If the Commission approves vocational rehabilitation, the claimant is entitled to temporary disability during the period of vocational rehabilitation.
After the employee has reached maximum improvement, if the claimant has any permanent disability, the employer and insurer must pay for any permanent disability, provided application to the Commsion is made within 5 years of the last payment of compensation for temporary disability.
If, after receiving an award of permanent disability, the employee suffers any worsening of condition of permanent disability, the employer and insurer must pay for any worsening of condition, provided application is made with the Commision within 5 years after the last payment of compensation for temporary or permanent disability.
If the employer and/or insurer refuse to pay benefits to which the claimant is entitled, the the claimant has the right to request a hearing before the Commission to determine the issue.
If the claimant is dissatisfied with any decision of the Commission, he or she has the right to appeal to the appropriate Circuit Court of the State of Maryland, with the right of a jury trial, and to further appeal to the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.
Attorney's fees are generally determined on a contingency basis pursuant to rules, and must be approved by the Commission.
Information provided in this website is general information only, does not necessarily apply to a specific case, and is not advice. An individual should contact an attorney and explain the specific facts of his or her case and obtain advice from the attorney for his or her specific case.
Bel Air attorney Douglas A. Jones represents clients regarding claims, accidents, occupational diseases, work-related death, temporary disability, permanent disability, vocational rehabilitation, medical benefits, and reopening for worsening of condition.
Mr. Jones represents clients before the Workers’ Compensation Commission and in appeals in State of Maryland Circuit Courts.
Mr. Jones will provide an initial consultation without charge.