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A Few Common Workers’ Comp Questions

by Rebecca Smith, attorney, Warnken, LLC

I was in a car accident on my way to work. Am I eligible to file a worker’s compensation claim for those injuries?

Generally speaking, injuries that occur on your way to or from work, or on your lunch break, are not covered under Workers’ Compensation. However, if your employer requires you to travel in order to perform work related duties or assignments, than you may be eligible for coverage under workers’ compensation.

Will worker’s compensation pay for the medical expenses associated with my on the job injury?

Workers’ compensation is required to cover all medical bills that are necessary to diagnose and treat your work related illness or injury. This can include doctor, hospital, and physical therapy bills. Generally speaking, only proven Western medicine and standardized treatment is covered, so more alternative options such as acupuncture and biofeedback are usually not covered. However, it is not uncommon for workers’ compensation insurance carriers to try to deny or delay payment for treatment of an illness or injury, even if it is recommended by your doctor. This is why having an experienced workers’ compensation attorney on your side to fight for you is so important.

If I am awarded a worker’s compensation payment, will that money be eligible for garnishment to pay my back child support or court ordered spousal support?

Under Maryland law, if you fail to maintain your child or spousal support payments, then the person you owe has the right to file a withholding order taking the money owed from your workers’ compensation benefits.

About Warnken, LLC

Warnken, LLC handles workers’ compensation, injury cases, and law enforcement issues.  The firm also handles select criminal cases and appeals.  For more workers’ compensation questions and answers, please see here.