YOU NEED A WORKERS COMP LAWYER WHO REPRESENTS YOUR INTEREST
Workers Compensation laws are designed to compensate an employee or their family members for work related injuries. But too often the benefits due are not paid.
Frequently victims are forced to suffer court delays and lengthy appeals before obtaining any Workers Comp benefits. Employees seeking Workers Comp need the assistance of a Baltimore workers comp lawyer who represents their interests and who fully understands this area of law.
The worker’s compensation insurance companies and your employer have insurance adjusters and attorneys who are very well trained to represent the insurance company interests only. Insurance adjusters and Insurance Company Attorneys do not work for you and do not care about you. Insurance adjusters and Insurance Company Attorneys are under no legal obligation to tell you what benefits you are entitled to.
YOU NEED A WORKERS COMP LAWYER TO OBTAIN FOR YOU THE BENEFITS YOU DESERVE!
Workers’ compensation laws are meant to ensure that employees, who are injured on the job, are provided with the following benefits:
- Excellent medical treatment
- Lost wages until you can return to work
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Monetary award or settlement
- Right to reopen your case if your condition gets worse for more money or medical treatment
- Mileage reimbursement
- The Workers Compensation laws also provide benefits for dependents of those workers who are killed because of work-related accidents or illnesses.
YOU NEED A WORKERS COMP LAWYER WHO HAS REPRESENTED ALL TYPES OF EMPLOYEES ALL OVER THE STATE
Being represented by an experienced Workers Compensation attorney is important. Attorney Marc Atas has successfully represented workers throughout Maryland in their Workers Compensation cases.
Baltimore Workers Comp Lawyer Marc Atas is also highly-experienced representing Maryland State Employees as well as Local Government employees who have been injured on the job in Baltimore and throughout the State of Maryland.
YOU NEED A WORKERS COMP LAWYER WHO IS FAMILIAR WITH ALL OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLAIMS
Not all on the job injuries are covered under Maryland’s Workers’ Compensation Law. There are two types of Workers Compensation claims.
- Accidental Injuries-An accident at work at a specific time and place where an exact description of how the injury took place can be explained
- Occupational Diseases-An injury caused by constant repetitive activity over a long period of time which is common in the type of employment the employee is doing
Consult with an experienced Baltimore Workers Comp Lawyer to see if your injury is covered.There are many injuries that occur off the work premises and sometimes off the clock that have some relationship to work and may likely be covered by Workers Compensation.
YOU NEED A WORKERS COMP LAWYER WHO IS FAMILIAR WITH ALL OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF INJURIES
Workers Comp Lawyer Marc Atas can help if you have suffered any of the following work place injuries:
- Back Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Injuries to fingers, hands, wrists, and legs
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Traumatic Twisting to Ankles and Knees
- Industrial Accidents
- Longshoreman/Stevadore Injuries
- Truck Accidents
- Occupational Illness and Exposure
YOU NEED A BALTIMORE WORKERS COMP LAWYER WHO CAN GET YOU THE MEDICAL TREATMENT YOU NEED
Maryland law states an employee has the right to treat with the doctor of their choice when injured on the job. While a doctor may require you to get permission from an insurance company before they will provide treatment, Maryland Workers Compensation Law does not require such permission.
If the Insurance Company refuses to authorize the doctor visit and your Doctor will not see you without the Insurance company authorization, then The Law Office of Marc Atas and Associates can find you a well-qualified Doctor who will treat you without an Insurance company authorization.
YOU NEED A WORKERS COMP LAWYER WHO IS FAMILIAR WITH THE COURT SYSTEM AND THE COMMISSIONERS WHO HEAR THE CASES
When the Insurance Company refuses to authorize medical care or refuses to pay you for lost time, it will be necessary for your Workers Comp Lawyer to request a hearing and go to court to fight for your benefits.
Contact The Law Office of Marc J. Atas and Associates, Baltimore Workers Comp Lawyer to assist you with your workers comp claim.
Free Initial Consultation and NO Fees or Costs Unless We Win. We WILL GET YOU THE BENEFITS YOU DESERVE!
YOU NEED A WORKERS COMPENSATION LAWYER YOU CAN AFFORD.
The simple answer is no. The initial consultation is free. Often, I can answer simple legal questions over the phone. My general philosophy with regard to giving legal advice is as follows. If you have a relatively simple question, that can be answered based upon my present knowledge,I will be glad to answer to question or give you some guidance without charging you for my expertise. I have had wide legal experience over more than thirty-eight years, so there are many topics that I am familiar with. If I do not know the answer, but can figure it out with minimal work,for an old client there is likely to be no charge.If the matter is outside of my areas of knowledge or expertise, then I still encourage clients to call. I like to act as the gatekeeper for all of my clients’ legal problems. I keep a list of lawyers I recommend for all types of legal problems. Most of these lawyers I personally know or have referred clients in the past with successful results. A lawyer can- not possibly know all of the laws in all of the areas of law. It is hard enough to know all of the law in one area of expertise.
See the next section for further details regarding contingency fees in workers compensation cases.
The initial consultation is important to the lawyer as well as the client. For the client it is your opportunity to meet the lawyer and tell him about the case. Questions should be asked of the lawyer regarding your case, as well as about the lawyer. Clients should size up the lawyer at that time to make sure the lawyer is someone the client wants to work with.
Workers’ compensation fees are set by the Workers’ Compensation Commission. Workers’ Compensation fees are based on a percentage of any permanent injury award. If there is no permanent injury award there is no fee. Workers Compensation fees are on a sliding scale starting at twenty percent of the permanent injury ward and as the award gets higher later amounts of the awarded fee are based on either fifteen percent or ten percent. The workers compensation commission also sets a maximum fee that can be awarded in a worker’s compensation case. All attorney fees are paid by the insurance company from your permanent injury award or settlement usually at the end of the case.If a hearing is required to get you paid for your lost time from work, there may be a fee allowed of ten percent of any back benefits ordered.
In addition, clients will be responsible for reimbursing the attorney for any expenses incurred by the attorney only if there is a permanent injury award or settlement Expenses are explained in the next section.
Legal expenses include the costs of obtaining police reports-$10-$20.00, as well as doctor and hospital bills and reports. In addition when workers compensation cases are on appeal, legal expenses include the filing fee for the court-$30.00 to $180.00, private process servers-$50 to $150.00 per service,court reporter charge for a deposition-$250.00 to $750.00, doctor charges for testimony, video costs for video deposition of experts, expert fees for testimony and finally the costs of any private investigator or other expert needed in order to prove your case.
The costs the lawyers have to pay for medical records and medical bills can add up. Under the old law it was not uncommon for a hospital or doctor’s office with hundreds of pages of records to charge five hundred dollars or more for photocopying medical records. Fortunately, in 2016 the Maryland legislature limited the maximum fees that could be charged for medical record copying to the sum of $102.88.see statute at end of article.
If specific information is requested from your medical provider that he has not automatically put in your medical record, the doctor will usually require a separate fee to provide specific information requested. Often, this information is crucial to your case. The typical cost for this type of letter can be between two hundred and fifty dollars to seven hundred and fifty dollars.
If your case is on appeal and going to trial,it is necessary to put on evidence from medical experts. This evidence can be presented in two ways. The first method is by actually having the doctor testify in person in front of a jury. While this is the most effective method, it is also the most costly. If the doctor is going to come to court, he normally will block off the whole day and charge accordingly. In person testimony can cost you between $5000.00 to $10,000.00 per day. In addition, you need to book the doctor in advance for the trial date. If the case gets delayed for an additional day or two, then you may have to pay the doctor for additional days. If the time for his testimony is delayed or postponed, the doctor may no longer be available. The other method used to preserve doctor testimony is by video deposition. This is not inexpensive but is less expensive than live testimony, since the video deposition can be taken at the doctor’s convenience at his office. Typical costs for a video deposition include, the Doctor fee-$500.00 to $2500.00 plus a court reporter to type his testimony-between $500.00 to $1000.00 dollars. Finally, a videographer to video tape the testimony.$250.00 to $750.00. If the video needs to be played in court usually the court has a video player. However, if there is no video player at the court than there will be additional charges
Some law firms charge for long distance telephone, calls, photocopies and research time, but we do not. The client is normally only responsible for the costs if we recover money in your workers’ compensation case. If there is no recovery then the client usually will not be responsible for those costs unless we agree otherwise.
New Maryland Law on Photocopy charges for medical records
Article Health General Annotated Code of Maryland
(c) (1) (i) In this subsection, medical record includes a copy of a medical bill that has been requested by an individual.
(ii) The provisions of this subsection do not apply to x-rays.
(2) A health care provider may require a person in interest or any other authorized person who requests a copy of a medical record to pay for the cost of copying:
- For State facilities regulated by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as provided in ‘ 4-206 of the General Provisions Article; or
- For all other health care providers, a reasonable cost-based fee for providing the information requested.
(3) (i) Except as provided in subparagraph (iii) of this subsection, for a copy of a medical record requested by a person in interest or any other authorized person under paragraph (2)(ii) of this subsection, a health care provider may charge a fee for copying and mailing not exceeding $0.76 for each page of the medical record.
(ii) In addition to the fee charged under subparagraph
(i) of this paragraph, a hospital or a health care provider may charge:
- Subject to the fee limitations that apply to persons in interest under 45 C.F.R. 164.524 and any guidance on those limitations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a preparation fee not to exceed $22.88 for medical record retrieval and preparation; and
- The actual cost for postage and handling of the medical record.
(iii) Subject to the fee limitations that apply to persons in interest under 45 C.F.R. 164.524 and any guidance on those limitations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
a hospital or a health care provider that uses or maintains the requested medical records in an electronic format, may charge for an electronic copy of a medical record in an electronic format requested by a person in interest or any other authorized person:
- A preparation fee not to exceed $22.88 for electronic format medical records retrieval and preparation;
- A per page fee of 75% of the per page fee charged by a health care provider under paragraph (3)(i) of this section that may not exceed $80; and
- The actual cost for postage and handling of the Electronic Format Medical Records.
- (i) Except as provided in subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph, the fees charged under paragraph (3) of this subsection may be adjusted annually for inflation in accordance with the Consumer Price Index.
(ii) The preparation fee charged for medical record retrieval and preparation under paragraph (3)(ii)1 of this subsection and for retrieval and preparation of a medical record in an electronic format under paragraph (3)(iii)1 of this subsection may not be adjusted annually for inflation in accordance with the Consumer Price Index.
- (i) Except as provided in subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph, a health care provider may charge a fee, as authorized under paragraphs (3) and (4) of this subsection, for the retrieval, copying, preparation, mailing, and actual cost of postage and handling of a medical record disclosed under ‘ 4-306 of this subtitle.
(ii) If a government unit or agency makes a request for the disclosure of a medical record under’ 4-306 of this subtitle, a health care provider may not charge the government unit or agency a fee for the retrieval, copying, preparation, mailing, and actual cost of postage and handling of the medical record.
- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a health care provider may not charge a person in interest, except for an attorney appointed in
- 4-304(3)(iii)(1 ) allows for a preparation fee of $22.88 for the provision of EMR. This is the same charge as that for paper records.
- 4-304(3)(iii)(2) provides the most significant reduction in allowable fees for EMR in limiting the per page fee to 75 percent of the per page fee charged by a health care provider under paragraph (3)(i) of this section that may not exceed $80. The per page fee allowed by paragraph (3)(i) is currently 76 cents. 75 percent of 76 cents is 57 cents. Given the cap of $80 on the overall per page fee, this means that the first 140 pages of the EMR will be billed at a rate of 57 cents per page. The charge cannot exceed $80 regardless of the number of pages.
- 4-304(3)(iii)(3) allows for the charge of actual postage and handling and is unchanged from prior law.
- 4-304(4)(i) applies the annual CPI adjustment to the fees charged, however, 3-304(4)(ii) exempts the $22.88 preparation fee for both paper records and EMR from that adjustment, providing a $22.88 preparation charge in perpetuity.
- The bottom line is that as of October 1, 2016, the maximum charge for the provision of EMR charts of 140 or more pages will be $102.88 ($80 + $22.88) plus actual postage and handling. Smaller charts will cost less. No longer will we receive invoices for thousands of dollars for records billed at 76 cents per page even though they are maintained and provided on disc at the push of a button. No longer will our offices have to spend valuable time arguing and negotiating with health care providers and their third- party copy service surrogates over outrageous.
When an employee is injured on the job, there are three questions that repeatedly are asked:
1. What benefits am I entitled to and what is my Workers Compensation case worth?
2. How long will my case take?
3. What questions will they ask at a hearing?
The Blog articles below will attempt to answer those questions.
There are numerous benefits you may be entitled to as a result of a work- related injury. Once you understand what benefits you may be entitled too, then you will understand what your case is worth.
Workers compensation cases can often take years to be completed. The road-map below will explain every step that will likely occur in your case and how long each step takes.
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- TOP TEN FACTS ABOUT INDEPENDENT MEDICAL EVALUATIONS IN A MARYLAND WORKERS COMPENSATION CLAIM
- ROADMAP FOR A MARYLAND WORKER’S COMPENSATION CASE
- The Americans With Disability Act May Prevent Me From Being Fired For Filing a Maryland Workers Compensation Claim
- WHAT CAN AN EMPLOYERS ASK JOB APPLICANTS ABOUT MEDICAL CONDITIONS?
- Four Reasons Why You Can Not Be Fired For Filing a Maryland Workers Compensation Claim?
- Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) May Prevent Me From Being Fired For Filing a Maryland Workers Compensation Claim
- Techniques Private Investigators Use To Obtain Surveillance Video In Maryland Workers Comp Case
- Eight Methods Used To Detect Insurance Fraud In A Maryland Workers Compensation Claim Or An Auto Accident Claim
- Sixty red flags calling for video surveillance in a Maryland workers compensation claim
- Maryland Medical Marijuana for Workers Compensation or Auto Accidents
- Medical Marijuana in Maryland Workers Compensation Claims White Paper
- Can You Video An Event Or Record A Phone Conversation In Maryland?
- How Much Do I Get Paid While Out On Workers Comp?
- How much does it cost to get a copy of my medical records?
- Can I file a Workers Compensation claim while on my way to work or on my way home?
- CAN I MAKE A MARYLAND WORKERS COMPENSATION CLAIM IF INJURED ON OR NEAR A PARKING LOT AT WORK?
- What Protections Are Available to the Injured Party at an Independent Medical Evaluation (IME)?
- Are Workers Compensation Settlements And Awards Marital Property Under Maryland Divorce Laws?
- Can I Re-Open My Workers Compensation Claim Once It Is Settled?
- Can an undocumented illegal alien file a Maryland Workers Compensation claim?
- Can Child Support Touch My Workers Compensation Benefits?
- Are Maryland Workers Compensation Benefits Taxable?
- Can I File A Maryland Workers Compensation Claim If I am Injured While on a Lunch Break or Coffee Break ?
- Can I File a Workers Compensation Claim If I Am Injured at A Company Picnics or Company Party?
- Can I file a Maryland Workers Compensation claim if I am injured on the company premises while playing basketball, softball, pool, or ping pong?
- How do I Obtain Medical Treatment for my Maryland Workers Compensation Case, When I Move to Another State?
- Can I Choose My Own Doctor When I Am Injured on The Job?
- Can I Be Fired for filing a Maryland Workers Compensation Claim?
- Am I Suing My Employer When I File a Workers Compensation Claim
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in a Maryland Worker’s Compensation Case
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in a Maryland Workers Compensation Case
- Neck Injuries in Maryland Workers Compensation Claims
- Back Injury in a Maryland Workers Compensation Claim
- Statute of Limitations in a Workers Compensation Claim
- How Long Does A Workers’ Compensation Case Take?
- Maryland workers comp attorney-Death Benefits for dependents
- Maryland Workers Comp Lawyer-Make Insurance Companies Pay
- Do I have the right to obtain my own Maryland work injury lawyer?
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- Vocational Rehabilitation In Maryland Workers Compensation
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- What is the Role of the Personal Injury Lawyer in Baltimore Md Involving Pain Management
- Maryland Workers Compensation Benefits
- Appeal of a Workers Compensation Decision
- A Workers Comp Attorney is Essential in Maryland Workers Comp Claim
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- Third Party Claim – EMPLOYEE CAN SUE HIS SUPERVISOR
- Subsequent Injury Fund-What is it?
- Maryland Workers Compensation Accidental Injury Analysis
- Maryland Workers Compensation Commission-Proof that Maryland Government Can Work
- Medicare Set Aside in Workers Compensation – Everything You Need to Know
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- Dependency of Wife in Workers Compensation Claim
- Temp Employee transports other employees to work site
- SHIFTING BURDENS OF PROOF IN A WORKERS COMPENSATION CLAIM
- Casual Employment Under Maryland Workers Compensation
- Loss of consortium allocation attacked by a Workers Compensation Insurance Co
- No Appeal Of Workers Compensation Commission Decision To Reserve On An Issue?
- What is considered a medical service covered by the Maryland Workers Compensation Statute?