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Posted On 07.09.15 by in Blog
In the state of Maryland, worker’s comp beneficiaries are able to receive their prescriptions directly from their doctors instead of getting them at the pharmacy. Though this may seem like a very harmless practice, it has actually been a contentious legal issue for the last five years. This is because when Maryland patients receive their medication from their doctor directly, they often pay five to seven times more than if they purchased their prescriptions from a pharmacy.
Because of this huge increase in cost and the burden it was putting on the state’s insurance companies, some lawmakers have been trying to fix this problem by requiring workers’ comp beneficiaries to receive all their medications from the pharmacy or by restricting them to only getting a 30 day supply from their doctor.
Doctors across the state warned that this could disadvantage workers who suffered serious injuries and would be unable to constantly go to the pharmacy to pick up their prescriptions. This year, state lawmakers and insurance companies finally agreed and now have announced that they will no longer try to restrict a worker’s compensation beneficiary from getting their prescriptions from the doctor.
If you were recently injured while working, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation under Maryland’s worker’s compensation law. Though there are some eligibility requirements, as long as the injury occurred while you were actually working, there is a good chance that you can receive compensation for your medical bills and your lost wages. Our firm has years of experience helping people seeking worker’s compensation, and we can help you determine if you qualify.
After being injured, the first thing you need to do is report the workplace injury to your employer and fill out the application form for worker’s compensation. The state of Maryland has strict time limits for worker’s compensation claims, so you must report and apply immediately. If you miss the deadline, it is possible that you will no longer qualify for workers comp.
After you have completed your worker’s compensation claim, there may be other reasons why you will need to get the help of an experienced attorney. For example, the Maryland worker’s compensation laws are stricter than some of the laws in other states, and because of this, your employer or the insurer may deny your eligibility and deny the claim. In this situation, you should immediately get in touch with an attorney. Our associates can help you appeal a claim denial and get access to the benefits that you deserve.
Remember—just because you were injured at work, it does not mean that you will automatically receive benefits. You must follow the state’s procedures and fill out the required paperwork within the time limits. If you have recently been injured, please give our office a call, we can help make sure you get the compensation that you need and deserve.
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