Workers’ Compensation Attorney
I love this firm. Ken has been very nice through my workman’s comp case, along with his assistant Ana. They always get back to me in a timely manner and always explain what’s going on. I would highly recommend this firm.
Years of professional legal experience
Worker’s Compensation Lawyer Ranking
Highest Average Permanent Partial Disability Award
Partial permanent award for back/shoulder combo disability
Helping you get compensated for on the job injuries
Salisbury workers’ compensation lawyer Ken Gaudreau is the number one workers’ compensation lawyer on the Eastern Shore. According to the first edition of The Comp Pinkbook, Gaudreau obtained more awards for injured workers than any other lawyer on the Shore.
Furthermore, recently, Ken Gaudreau had the highest average permanent partial award in the state of Maryland. On average, clients needing a workers’ compensation lawyer for a permanent partial disability settlement were better served with Gaudreau than any other.
In addition to his tremendous success on the whole, Gaudreau had a few standout awards. He had the third highest PP award in back and shoulder combo cases, for one client. He had the highest final settlement award in an elbow injury case. Finally, Ken Gaudreau had the second highest final settlement in a case combining shoulder and arm injuries.
Gaudreau represented injured workers employed by Allen Family Foods, the State of Maryland, United Parcel Service, Davco Restaurants, Delaware Tire Center, Wicomico County, and Perdue, among others.
The Gaudreau law firm handles workers’ compensation and other injury cases, including car accidents, on both the Eastern Shore and the Western Shore.
(The following lawyer has been recognized by The Comp Pinkbook: Ken Gaudreau; 15 March 2013; http://www.injurylawyerdatabase.com/workers-compensation/ken-gaudreau/)
What is Workers' Compensation?
Workers' Comepnsation is an insurance program established by Maryland state law that all employers having one or more employees, full-time or part-time, are required to have for the benefit of their employees.
What benefits are provided by this insurance?
To be covered under workers' compensation, an employee must have received an accidental personal injury while working on the job. The injury must have arisen out of, and in the course of, employment. Not all workplace injuries are compensable. If your injury is determined to be covered, the employer or the employer's insurance carrier will provide medical and hospital treatment and partial income replacement benefits until you can either return to work or until you reach maximum medical improvement.
Who pays for workers' compensation coverage?
The cost of workers' compensation insurance itself is borne entirely by the employer. No payroll deductions are taken out of your paycheck. If your claim is found to be compensable, your weekly benefits and all medical bills will be paid directly by the employer or their insurer.
What information is the employer required to provide with respect to workers' compensation?
Maryland state law requires every employer to post an official notice in a prominent site at the workplace. It's usually put up on an employee bulletin board, by a time clock, in an employee lunchroom, or some similar location where workers will see it. The poster identifies the employer as having obtained workers' compensation insurance and it outlines the responsibilities of both employers and employees. It also provides the employer's full legal name, address, and the Employer's Federal Identification Number and the name of the insurance company providing this insurance. This information is needed when filling out a claim form.
When should i report an accident to be considered for workers' Compensation insurance?
You should report any accident to your employer immediatly. A delay in reporting may affect your claim.
When and how do I file a claim?
If you believe you have suffered a compensable injury, you may file a claim with the Workers' Compensation Commission by filling out an Employee Claim Form and then mailing it to the Commission. If your employer does not have one of these claim forms, the Commission will send you one and all the necessary information you may need. Forms are provideded without charge.
What do i do about a doctor?
Your employer or your employer's insurer will pay for your doctor's visits and treatment if the injury is covered under Workers' Compensation.
What medical treatment will workers' compensation insurance pay for?
All doctor bills, hospital bills, physical therapy, prescriptions, and necessary expenses related to the accidental injury are covered by this insurance up to the limits established by the Official Maryland Workers' Compensation Medical Fee Guide.
When am i entitled to benefits?
You are intitled to income replacement benefits if you miss more than three days from work. If you miss more than fourteen days, you will also be paid for the first three days, provided your employer did not pay you for any of these days. When your claim is received by the Commission, a claim number and a consideration date is assigned to it. The consideration date means that we allow your employer or their insurer until that date to raise any objections they may have to your claim.
What if my employer objects to my claim?
The employer or insurance carrier will probably contact you directly and tell you what the objections are. They must also inform the Commission, stating their objections or issues in writing. If your claim is contested by the employer or insurer, it will be scheduled for a hearing before a Commissioner. You will be notified about the hearing by mail.
How long will I receive Workers' Compensation benefits?
You will receive temporary total disability payments so long as you are unable to work because of the accidental injury, or until you reach maximum medical improvement.
What if my injury prevents me from returning to my job?
If you are not capable of returning to your job or some other comparable job for which you are qualified, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation and training. Call the Workers' Compensation Commission for more information.
What kind of benefits will I receive if I have a permanent disability?
You will receive weekly benefits for a specified period of time, based on the type and extent of your permanent disability. Benefits for workers who have been totally and permanently disabled may continue indefinitely. medical evaluations are usually required to establish the nature and extent of any permanent disability.
What happens after I file a claim?
If you do not receive any benefits from your employer or the insurer, or are not receiving the benefits to which you believe you are entitled, you may request a hearing before the Workers' Compensation Commission. Your case will be decided by a Commissioner who, like a judge, listens to both sides of the case and determines what benefits, if any, you should receive. The Commissioner's decision will be based on the law and facts involved in your particular case. Any party disagreeing with the decision of the Commession may file an appeal with the Circut Court of Maryland.
Do I have to have a lawyer?
You may have an attorney of your choice represent you, or you may represent yourself. The Commission itself does not represent you, nor can any Commissioner be your attorney.
Who pays for my attorney in a Workers' Compensation dispute?
Do not pay money to anyone to assist you with your claim. If you hare a lawyer, the Commission will fix the attorney's fees. If an award is made to you, the fee will be deducted from your awards, and paid separately by the employer or insurance company to the attorney.
Where can I go to get more information?
If you would like general information about the Workers' Compensation program in the state of Maryland, you can visit the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission website.
If you would like to receive legal advice regarding your specific situation, you can contact the Gaudreau Law Firm to schedule time with Ken.
If you have been injured in a car accident or on the job or charged with a crime, you need an experienced attorney who knows how to handle your claim and deliver results.
More than 35 Years of Experience
Attorney Kenneth D. L. Gaudreau has many years of experience handling civil and criminal cases. Attorney Gaudreau is a former part-time Assistant Attorney General of Maryland.
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Maryland Super Lawyer
Recognized By Comp Pinkbook
|Achievement: A Top Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Maryland including the Highest Average awards for clients in the State. From The Comp Pinkbook: “Salisbury workers’ compensation lawyer Ken Gaudreau is the number one workers’ compensation lawyer on the Eastern Shore. According to the The Comp Pinkbook, Gaudreau obtained more awards for injured workers than any other lawyer on the Shore. In addition to his tremendous success on the whole, Gaudreau had a few standout awards. He had the third highest PP award in back and shoulder combo cases, obtaining more than $160,000 for one client. He had the highest final settlement award in an elbow injury case, getting $135,000 for his client. Finally, Ken Gaudreau had the second highest final settlement in a case combining shoulder and arm injuries.”|
Attorney Ken Gaudreau takes pride helping people overcome their problems. Whether that person was injured on the job or in an accident, they deserve to be represented by an experienced attorney who can provide them with the personal attention and respect.
Ken Gaudreau works closely with his clients to evaluate their cases and alleviate their concerns. He thoroughly investigates every detail of their case for evidence he can use at trial.
Attorney Ken Gaudreau, a well-known Maryland trial attorney, has earned a reputation among clients and peers for his abilities in the courtroom and willingness to take cases to verdict. He holds the distinction of securing the largest jury award for an auto accident case in Wicomico County in the last 25 years. Insurance companies are familiar with his talents and often try to settle to avoid facing him in court. Having a powerful attorney on your side can be the difference between victory and defeat. When you need results, you need The Gaudreau Law Firm.
About Kenneth D. L. Gaudreau
Kenneth D. L. Gaudreau is one of the most prominent lawyers on the Eastern Shore. The knowledge he has acquired over the course of his 33-year career allows him to provide clients with top-quality representation in state and federal courts and throughout the state. Ken started his legal career working as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also attended the Johns Hopkins University at night in the Masters Program in Administrative Science. Soon thereafter, he made the decision to attend law school. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1983, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable James L. Wray in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. He then entered private practice, focusing on personal injury and criminal defense law.