The Workers’ Compensation Commission
In Maryland, the WCC is the governing body for workers’ compensation matters. They handle hearings, make decisions, and generally manage the process of workers’ comp claims. If you have a claim, it’s best to talk to an attorney before you speak with them. Be advised though, everything has time deadlines. Act Quickly.
State Agency WCC Page
In Maryland, the Workers’ Compensation Commission is a state agency. The below listed link has various contact numbers and other information relating to the WCC. It also has a listing of all commissioners as well as the WCC’s organizational structure. However, we would encourage you to understand this is an adversarial process. The employers and their insurance companies already have representation – it’s built into what they do. The Commission is, at best, a neutral body designed to facilitate the process. Contacting the WCC will not result in getting your legal rights and responsibilities explained.
Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs
This Federal office of workers’ compensation handles four distinct functions relating to workers’ comp. Federal Employees comp, Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation, Longshore and Harbor Workers, and Coal Mine (primarily Black Lung Disease) workers’ compensation are all handled here.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ Compensation was established to have a no fault situation for workers injured on the job. It’s helpful for many reasons, not the least of which is the policy of simply paying claims without having expansive and expensive litigation for every case. It, of course, has its drawbacks too, as any workers’ compensation lawyer will tell you. The wikipedia page discusses the history of workers’ compensation, as well as workers’ comp in other countries.