Workers' Compensation FAQs

What is workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation is an insurance program that pays benefits to people after they are injured on the job. Each state has its own workers' compensation system. Maryland's began in 1902 and is administered by the State Workers' Compensation Commission.

How much does workers' compensation cost?

Your employer pays for workers' comp, at no cost to you. Most employers are required by law to provide workers' compensation insurance.

Who's covered by workers' compensation?

In general, anyone who is classified as an employee is covered by workers' compensation. In order for your injury to be covered, the injury must occur while you are on the job.

What types of benefits does workers' compensation provide?

In Maryland, workers' compensation provides three types of benefits: wage replacement, medical benefits and vocational rehabilitation.

Can I collect workers' comp if I was drunk at the time of the accident?

Workers' compensation is a no-fault system. However, in Maryland (and in most states) workers cannot collect compensation if they deliberately tried to injure themselves. Similarly, if a worker is intoxicated or under the influence of illegal drugs, compensation is not be awarded.

What should I do after suffering a workplace injury?

The most important thing to do after an injury is to report it immediately to your supervisor or manager.

Our Attorneys Are Here To Help You

If you or a loved one has been injured at work, it's important to speak with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer. Contact Joel L. Katz, L.L.C., at 800-966-5333, or send us a message through our website. We are located in Annapolis, Maryland.