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Steps to take after a workplace accident in Maryland

The process of claiming workers’ compensation benefits after an acute incident generally begins at the moment a workplace accident occurs. It is in your best interests to be aware of this fact so that you can take the proper steps to protect your right to workers’ compensation and increase the chances of a successful outcome in the event that you’re ever acutely hurt on the job.

The first thing you should do is seek medical attention, even for minor injuries. This is important to your well-being and creates a formal record of the nature of your injuries. Your medical records can be crucial evidence in the claims process that can help assess the severity of your injuries and rule out the possibility that they were pre-existing.

Inform your employer of your workplace accident

It is prudent to let your employer know of the workplace accident as soon as possible, orally or in writing. Maryland law provides a 10-day window for you to do this, or you risk being legally barred from making your claim. That said, there are instances where you may be excused for failure to provide notice within this specified time.

Document the incident

It is also advisable to document the accident and gather relevant evidence. Note down the details of the incident, including the date, time, location and how it occurred. Take photos of the accident scene, if possible, and statements from eyewitnesses. Remember to keep records of all medical treatment you receive, including doctor’s visits, prescriptions and any other expenses related to your injury. It could help your claim at some point.

Learn more about the claims process

Understanding how things work and what to expect when making a workers’ compensation claim can help you navigate the process more effectively while protecting your interests. If you are unsure about any aspect of the claims process or encounter difficulties, consider seeking legal guidance to take informed action and safeguard your rights.