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Is Workers’ Comp Law the Same as Employment Law?


There are many different types of law but there are times when legal areas overlap. This is true with employment law and workers’ compensation law. After all, both are connected to employees, the workplace, and employers. But even though the laws can overlap, there are differences.

Workers who are injured on the job may be eligible for compensation for time loss and medical treatments. If you were injured at work, talk to a Baltimore workers’ compensation lawyer about your compensation options.

Types of Workers’ Compensation Claims

There are a couple different types of workers’ compensation claims, but both are designed to provide support for employees who are hurt on the job. This could include compensation or reimbursement for financial losses, such as medical expenses or loss of income.

  • Accident claim. If there was an unforeseen event that resulted in injury, this type of claim would apply. This could include ladder fall accidents, fires, explosions, and more
  • Occupational claim. When an injury is not connected to one specific unexpected event, an occupational claim could be the path to compensation. This could be true if a person becomes sick due to hazardous chemical exposure over an extended period of time, for example. There are also instances when workers suffer from neck or back injuries after years of heavy lifting.

An experienced workers’ compensation attorney knows how to negotiate with insurance companies, whether the claim is connected to an accident or an occupational injury. It is possible the employer’s insurance will push back on a claim, a legal professional knows how to secure fair compensation for harm.

After a Maryland job-related injury, you may be wondering if you are eligible for compensation. A Baltimore workers’ compensation lawyer will look over your situation and determine if your injuries are covered. There are times when injuries are not covered. For instance, if a worker was not following the safety protocols of a workplace, they may not be eligible for compensation. An accident that took place when a person was at lunch may also not be eligible.

Employment Law Cases Are Different

If an employer is guilty of ADA violations, employee discrimination, retribution, OSHA violations or wrongful termination, an employment lawyer could be the right individual to talk with to resolve your situation.

For example, employment law can cover wage and hour disputes. When an employer does not pay a worker properly, including not compensating workers for overtime pay or misclassifying a person who should be an employee as an independent contractor, a wage and hour dispute could arise. Misclassifying employees can happen when an employer is trying to save money by not paying taxes on workers and not providing them with benefits and protections.

Were you hurt at work for no fault of your own? Contact the attorneys at Iamele & Iamele, LLP to understand your rights. We work to recover financial damages for our clients. Contact us today for a free initial consultation about your workers’ compensation benefits claim and your rights as an employee.


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