The primary goal of the Workers’
Compensation Program is to respond to workplace injuries with the best, most appropriate medical care at a reasonable cost, and to return employees back to work as soon as medically possible. Workers’ Compensation is a system of benefits provided by law for workers who have job-related injuries or illnesses. Benefits are paid for injuries or illnesses occurring within the scope of an employee’s work.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits May Include:
- Wage Loss Benefits
- Medical Benefits
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Compensation for permanent disabilities
- Death benefits
How to File for a Claim:
- Report your injury immediately to your supervisor.
- Seek medical care from a County specified physician or one of your choosing.
- Using personal physicians may incur non-reimbursable fees.
- Complete a Workers’ Compensation Incident Report Form (front employee –back supervisor) and fax to Risk Management within 24 hours of an incident.
- In the event of a medical emergency, the employee should seek immediate medical attention.
What is the Employer’s Responsibility?
- Once a claim is accepted, Risk Management will pay lost wage benefits at the rate of 66 2/3 rds of the employee average salary in accordance with the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Statute and Anne Arundel County Code.
- No compensation for first 3 days of injury.
- Must use leave.
- May be retro if lost time exceeds 14 days.
- The claim must be compensable and an Employee Claim Form filed in order for payments to be issued.
- Risk Management will pay for all reasonable and necessary medical services required to treat the compensable injury or illness in accordance with Maryland Workers’ Compensation fee schedule.
- Note: Maryland Workers’ Compensation Statue does not allow the reimbursement of leave or wages to attend doctors
- Appointments unless the employee scheduled for an independent medical examination by Risk Management.
What are the Employee's Responsibilities?
- Report any injury or illness to your supervisor as soon as possible, no matter how slight it appears.
- If an injury or illness occurs at work, your supervisor/manager can provide first aid or arrange for appropriate medical attention.
- If a work-related injury or illness occurs away from your usual place of work, seek immediate medical aid as appropriate, and notify your supervisor as soon as practical.
- The supervisor must complete a Medical Authorization Form for the initial treatment in order to guarantee payment of medical expenses treatment must be authorized in advance by Risk Management.
Fraud - Filing a False Claim
Workers’ Compensation is designed to provide benefits to help and protect employees who suffer a work-related injury or illness. However, Anne Arundel County Government, and ultimately all employees, can be affected by fraudulent claims.
Anne Arundel County Government is committed to fighting workers’ compensation fraud. Suspected fraud should be reported to Risk Management at 410-222-7630.
Workers Compensation - Forms
- Risk Lost Days Excel
- Work Comp Exposure Med Auth
- Work Comp Med Auth
- Workers Comp Incident Report
- Workers Comp Payment Options
- Risk Lost Day