Workers Compensation | Social Security Disability Attorneys

Injured at Work

At Portner & Shure, our workers' compensation attorneys represent injured workers throughout Maryland and Virginia providing them with skilled representation focused on obtaining the full benefits they are entitled to.

Every injured worker should consult a top rated workers' compensation attorney immediately after an accident. Specifically, here are 2 reasons why you need an experienced Maryland and Virginia workers' compensation lawyer.

While we practice throughout both regions, we have in depth knowledge of the different nuances, likes and dislikes, of both the local commissioners throughout Northern Virginia and Maryland. Some tips for what to expect in different localites are spelled out in a different sections of this site. For example, if your work injury occurred in Frederick, Glen Burnie, or Columbia, we set forth some helpful hints that are exclusive to those areas.

Our attorneys have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies, employers and the government with respect to obtaining injury benefits. We understand the financial, physical and emotional hardships that accompany work-related injuries and will do everything in our power to maximize your recovery.

One of our many other awards includes a pedestrian accident case we just settled for $65,000. The incident occurred in the parking lot of our client's place of employment in Salisbury, Maryland. Our client was walking in the parking lot at work when she was struck by a car. Although there were no broken bones, our client suffered injuries to her neck, back, arms, and legs. Medical bills totaled more than $46,000 for our client.

Our paralegal, Pam Brown, negotiated a settlement with the insurance company for $65,000. Since the accident happened in the parking lot of her job, she was entitled to workers' compensation benefits as well. A lien for more than $51,000 was due to be paid, however, Pam negotiated a deal with the workers' compensation carrier to write off the entire lien. So in reality, the recovery was $97,000 in a case with no broken bones or significant injuries.

From making sure you receive the temporary compensation you need now to ensuring you receive the full benefits you will need in the future, we will handle all aspects of your workers' compensation claim, working closely with you throughout the entire process.

To learn more about the types of workers' compensation benefits that may be available to you, see:

Workers' Comp Basics

In the workers' compensation system, workers do not directly sue their employers for benefits when they are hurt. Rather, they set aside the concept of "fault" and seek benefits to help them recover and cope with their injuries and inability to work. Workers' compensation is insurance that provides compensation for employees who are injured on the job, with employers in Maryland and Virginia required to carry this insurance.

Third-Party Claims

Injured workers can file personal injury claims against third parties whose negligence is responsible for an injury. This is called a third-party suit. For example, if a delivery driver is hurt in an auto accident during his or her shift, the employee may be able to collect workers' compensation benefits and file a third-party auto accident injury claim. Our firm can assist you with any third-party claims that arise as a result of your injury.

Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that pays benefits to those who become disabled before they reach the age of retirement and are unable to work.

Eligibility : Work Credits: In order to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, you need to have earned a set number of work credits. Work credits are earned every year that you work and you may earn up to four credits per year. The number of work credits that you need to qualify for benefits depends on your age at the time you became disabled.

Medical Condition :  In addition to fulfilling the number of work credits, you must have a medical condition that meets the Social Security Administration's (SSA) definition of a disability. Those who fulfill the medical condition requirement are those with a severe, long-term, total disability. "Severe" means that the extent of your condition interferes with your ability to perform basic work-related tasks. "Long-term" means that your condition has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least one year. "Total disability" means that you are not able to perform "substantial gainful activity" (SGA). Meaning, if you are unable to gain an income of $1,040 per month, the SSA will find that you are not able to perform SGA.

Approval : If the SSA approves you for disability benefits, you will not receive those benefits for five months. This means that if your claim is approved right away, you will start to receive benefits five months from the date of approval. Most claims take months to a year for approval, and when this happens, you will be credited disability backpay. Disability payments start on the sixth month after your disability began. 

Denial : Most Social Security Disability claims are initially denied. When this happens, an appeal of the decision may be made. Within 60 days of your receipt of the letter, request a review of the denial. To appeal the decision, the first level of appeal is the Request for Reconsideration, which is simply a request to have another claims examiner review your case. If you are subsequently denied, you may request a hearing with an SSA administrative law judge.

Benefits :  In most cases, the claimant will receive "back pay".  The amount of "back pay" recoverable depends on  3 Factors of Social Security Disability Back Pay.

In addition, with respect to benefits, see also,  Differences Between Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income.

Protect Your Right To Compensation

Rules differ depending on which state you work in, but it is important to first notify your employer if you have been injured at work. Then, contact us for a free case evaluation to discuss the next steps for your workers' compensation claim with a Maryland or Virginia workers' compensation lawyer.