Maine Lawyers Skilled in Workers’ Compensation Cases
If you have experienced an injury or illness in a Maine workplace, you may be able to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. The Portland workers’ compensation attorneys of the Maine Employee Rights Group have dedicated their energies to helping people in your position for over two decades. Our employment law practice has provided us with experience serving workers across the state in a variety of industries. We have gained a thorough understanding of how these cases can unfold, and we welcome the opportunity to help you seek the benefits that you deserve.
How to Pursue Compensation for Injury or Illness in the Workplace
Anyone employed in the state of Maine may be able to receive workers’ compensation if he or she suffers a work-related injury or a work-related illness. These benefits may be awarded regardless of what caused the injury or illness. They consist of payments for medical costs, weekly wage replacement benefits, and further benefits in cases involving severe injuries or death. Since workers’ compensation is the only way to recoup these expenses, almost all public and private employers in Maine must get coverage. The narrow exceptions include certain types of agricultural workers, charities or non-profits, domestic servants, and people employed by family members.
An employer that does not get workers’ compensation insurance still must make the payments required by a workers’ compensation claim. Moreover, an employee can hold his or her employer accountable if the employer breaks the law by failing to get coverage. That employer may be found liable for a civil penalty of up to $10,000 or 108 percent of the premium that it should have paid during the time that it failed to get coverage, if that amount exceeds $10,000.
To launch a workers’ compensation claim, you must notify your supervisor of your illness or injury within 30 days. You also must have taken time off from work to handle the situation or needed medical attention for it. All lost time from work must be reported immediately and documented. When you tell your employer, it must report the injury or illness and help in processing your claim. Your employer also must either accept or deny your claim within 14 days of when you file it.
Benefits for workers’ compensation are paid at two-thirds of the gross average weekly wage with certain benefit level caps. These benefits will last until you recover from your injury or until the durational caps on receiving the benefits have expired. If you are not able to return to the same working duties that you held before your injury or illness, you may be able to receive a partial weekly benefit payment.
An employee whose workers’ compensation claim is denied will get a copy of a notice of controversy. This is where a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer can advocate aggressively and tenaciously for you.
Employment Attorneys Serving Injured Workers Throughout Maine
Workplace injuries can range from minor to extremely severe, including traumatic injuries to muscles, back and spinal cord injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and lung conditions caused by exposure to toxins. Getting workers’ compensation benefits can be a critical step toward recovery, alleviating a financial burden as you cope with the physical and sometimes psychological healing process. Our capable employment benefits lawyers at the Maine Employee Rights Group represent injured and ill workers across the state from Portland to Bangor. Let us help you protect your rights by using our years of experience resolving complicated employment issues. If you have a workers’ compensation dispute, call (800) 596-0662 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
Additional Maine Workers Compensation topics
- The Work Search Rule
- Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
- Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome and Workers’ Compensation
- Repetitive Motion and Overuse Injuries
- Reporting a Work Injury
- Workers Compensation and the Family Medical Leave Act
- Permanent Impairment
- Offers of Suitable Work
- Specific Loss Benefits
- Workers’ Compensation: Speaking the Language
- Injuries Resulting from Slipping and Tripping
- Failure to Maintain Proper Guards and Other Protective Gear
- Assault and Violent Acts at Work
- Crush Injuries and Other Injuries Due to Being Caught or Stuck Between Objects
- Electrocution & Burn Injuries
- Injuries Caused by Being Struck by an Object
- Injuries Due to Overexertion
- Injuries Due to Repetitive Motion or Cumulative Trauma
- Injuries Due to Bending
- Injuries Resulting from Climbing Accidents
- Injuries Due to Falls
- Lack of Safety Equipment and Hazardous Work Environment
- Motor Vehicle Accidents While Driving On the Job
- Defective Equipment
- Poor Ergonomic Set-Up
- Workers’ Compensation FAQ