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§ 9-713. Payment of benefits or filing of issues

West's Annotated Code of MarylandLabor and Employment

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Labor and Employment
Title 9. Workers' Compensation (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 7. Claims Procedure, Hearings, and Appeals (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Labor and Employment, § 9-713
§ 9-713. Payment of benefits or filing of issues
Payment or filing within 21 days
(a) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, within 21 days of the mailing of the notice of the filing of a claim, the employer or its insurer shall:
(1) begin paying temporary total disability benefits; or
(2) file with the Commission any issue to contest the claim.
Failure to pay or file within 21 days-Penalties
(b) If the Commission finds that an employer or insurer has failed, without good cause, to begin paying temporary total disability benefits or to file issues contesting a claim within 21 days of the mailing of the notice of the filing of a claim, the Commission may assess against the employer or insurer a fine not exceeding 20% of the amount of the payment.
Payment or filing within 30 days
(c) If the employer or its insurer does not begin paying benefits or file issues within 21 days under subsection (a) of this section, within 30 days of the mailing of the notice of the filing of a claim, the employer or its insurer shall:
(1) begin paying temporary total disability benefits; or
(2) file with the Commission any issue to contest the claim.
Failure to pay or file within 30 days-Penalties
(d) If the Commission finds that an employer or insurer has failed, without good cause, to begin paying temporary total disability benefits or to file issues contesting a claim within 30 days of the mailing of the notice of the filing of a claim, the Commission may assess against the employer or insurer a fine not exceeding 40% of the payment.
Payment to covered employee
(e) The Commission shall order the employer or insurer to pay a fine assessed under this section to the covered employee.
Payment of benefits not waiver
(f) Subject to § 9-714 of this subtitle, payment by an employer or its insurer before an award does not waive the right of the employer or its insurer to contest the claim.

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Added by Acts 1991, c. 8, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 1991. Amended by Acts 2006, c. 159, § 1, eff. July 1, 2006.
Formerly Art. 101, § 36.
MD Code, Labor and Employment, § 9-713, MD LABOR & EMPLY § 9-713
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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