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Public safety officer paid at wrong Work Comp rate loses appeal

At our law firm, we advise injured workers throughout Maryland on Workers’ Compensation issues. A new unreported case from the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland illustrates the complexity of the state Workers’ Compensation Act and the importance of having an experienced lawyer involved at all stages of a claim, if possible. 

The appeals court issued its opinion in Montgomery County, Maryland v. Peter Gang on August 9. (Available on Westlaw at 2018 WL 3801772.) In 2011, Gang received an accidental injury during his work as a correctional officer for the county. In 2012, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission after a hearing awarded Gang 70 weeks of benefits at $157 per week for permanent partial disability.

Workers' Comp death claims: Maryland work fatalities on the rise

At Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., our attorneys represent the surviving family members and dependents of workers in the state who have died in work-related injuries or occupational injuries. Surviving loved ones may be eligible for death and dependent benefits through Workers' Compensation. 

During a time of grief, Workers' Compensation benefits for a work fatality can help financially, potentially through financial compensation and reimbursement of funeral expenses, if eligible.

Research data identifies unsafe trucker attributes

At our law firm, we represent people injured — or whose loved ones have died — in motor vehicle accidents involving large commercial trucks. Obviously, the size and weight of a semi-truck pose grave danger to smaller vehicles on the road in any kind of impact crash.

One predictable potential cause of a truck accident is giving responsibility to an unsafe or unfit truck driver for moving tons of freight and equipment down the road at high speeds in all kinds of conditions. It falls on the responsibility of trucking companies to engage in thorough investigation of potential trucking employees so that they do not put unqualified or risky people behind the wheels of tractor trailers.

Many employers don't understand Workers' Comp rules

When you agree to employment with a company, you do so under the understanding that they know what benefits you'll be receiving, both through their own company and through state and federal law. A fundamental benefit of employment is the Workers' Compensation insurance program, in which injured workers receive compensation for medical bills, time away from work and other recovery or rehabilitation-related coverage. It's a well-known program, yet a recent study shows that many employers do not know coverage rules.

Vehicle automation coming to motorcycles

Self-driving cars have gotten a lot of press in recent years, having logged almost 10 million miles on the road between the main companies developing them. Semi-autonomous vehicles already on the market have logged even more miles, with sensors and cameras assisting drivers with following distance, cruise control and other aspects of the road. For a long time, the only vehicle on the road without any kind of automation whatsoever was the motorcycle. That's about to change.

Is bike sharing safer than regular riding?

If you’ve been to downtown Baltimore, you’ve probably seen bike sharing programs in action: a business person zipping off for a quick lunch, tourists taking in the sights. Annapolis is introducing a bike-sharing pilot program this month. In fact, bicyclists have taken more than 50 million rides on these bike-sharing bikes around the country. Here’s an interesting question about bike shares: How many fatalities do you think there have been?

20? (Lower.)

Maryland replacing controversial guardrail end caps

Every time you drive your car, you’re taking advantage of interlocking safety systems -- traffic signals, reflectors, lane dividers, highway rumble strips. Each of these protects you in a specific way and makes our roads safer. Unfortunately, sometimes these safety features don’t work as expected, and in rare cases they can actually make the roads more dangerous, not less. This appears to be the case with the controversial Lindsay X-LITE guardrails, which Maryland is now taking steps to remove from the state’s highways.

68 percent in survey doubt danger from texting while driving

At our law firm, we advocate for the injured victims of car accidents caused by the negligence and recklessness of others, including those who have caused crashes because they were texting behind the wheel. Maryland law forbids the use of handheld phones while driving, including reading, sending or writing emails or text messages. 

As has been widely discussed in the media and in governmental messaging, mobile phone use while driving involves all four types of driving distractions: cognitive, manual, visual and auditory. In other words, cell phone use distracts from thinking, hand use, sight and hearing processes.

Emergency vehicle on the highway? You need to move over.

We’ve all been there, cruising along the highway when suddenly you notice an emergency vehicle with its lights flashing on the side of the road. Most people are courteous enough to slow down and pay attention to what’s happening, but what you may not know is that you’re legally obligated to move aside if you can. Maryland police officers recently partnered with their colleagues in Virginia to call attention to Maryland’s so-called “Move Over Law” and what it means for drivers.

The dangers of street racing

Motorcyclists love different bikes for different reasons. Some like the sound and power of a Harley chopper, some prefer the stability and comfort of a touring bike, and still others like the speed of a high-powered sports bike. While most motorcyclists ride responsibly, a number of sports bikes in Maryland are flying down the Intercounty Connector (ICC) toll road at blistering speeds. To combat this, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has just announced new measures designed to keep all drivers safe on this stretch of highway.

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