Visitor Question

What Are My Workmans Comp Rights?

Submitted By: Den (MD)

After I finished my shift at work I got hit by a car as a pedestrian. It happened just across from the hospital I work at. Can I claim from the other party’s insurance since I crossed on green light? There are people telling me that I can claim for workman’s compensation. What do you think?

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Answer

Dear Den,

Den:

In the State of Maryland Workmans Compensation coverage will cover injuries you sustained on the job. “On the job” has been included to mean walking to your car while still on your employer’s property, or even if you were on your way home and off premises but were dropping off a package, the mail, or doing any other type of extended work for your employer.

From the facts you present it appears the at-fault driver was completely liable for the injuries you suffered.

Now, let’s say you were finished with your work shift and had already left your employer’s premises. Your employer wanted you to make one stop to drop off the money at the bank, or to drop off the company mail. While doing so you crossed at the green and were struck by a vehicle who had failed to stop at the traffic signal.

In a case like that there remains a good possibility you cannot only recover your medical bills through Workmans Compensation, but also file a claim for injuries against the driver’s insurance company.

The claim filed against the at-fault driver’s insurance may include compensation for medical bills, any lost wages, out-of pocket expenses, pain and suffering and mental anguish.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: June 22, 2011

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