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Obtaining fair workers' compensation benefits can take time

After suffering a work injury, one would think that it would be easy to get medical and financial care through one's employer to aid in recovery. Unfortunately, many people in Maryland and elsewhere find that is harder than they thought it would be. In fact, it can take quite a long time, and assistance from legal counsel, to achieve a fair workers' compensation payout.

A story was shared in another state about a woman who finally received a compensation settlement for an injury suffered while on the job as a police officer. In Dec. 2014, the officer claimed that she suffered an injury to her shoulder during a training session. No information has been provided about the severity of the injury, what was done to treat it or how long the officer was unable to work. It is also unclear if any workers' compensation benefits were provided when the injury initially occurred.

The officer does still work for the police force and has been back on duty for some time. She filed a claim seeking compensation in March 2018. After reviewing the details of the case, it was determined that a settlement was appropriate. The police officer was recently awarded just short of $46,000 for her injury.

When one suffers a work injury, there are no guarantees of a full recovery. It may be possible to return to work, but the damage done may be felt for the rest of one's life. Workers' compensation benefits generally cover medical and some financial losses when an employee is out for recovery, but that compensation tends to stop when that individual returns to work, leaving the employee left to foot the bill for any future care. With the assistance of legal counsel, it may be possible for Maryland residents -- who find themselves in such a position -- to seek further relief for their losses. Fighting for compensation may take a while, but it may prove worth the wait.

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