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Maryland bill on garbage-worker safety on governor’s desk

At our law firm, we represent employees who have been injured on the job. We help them in their application for workers’ compensation benefits, which are available regardless of who was at fault for the injury. We also conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the work injury to determine whether any third parties may be liable for our client’s harm and if so, may advise him or her about the possibility of filing a personal injury lawsuit. 

In this important work, we hope to improve worker safety and see working conditions improve across a variety of industries and workplaces. One dangerous industry that deserves improvement is garbage and recycling collection.

Maryland road construction about to begin: Be careful out there

At our law firm, we represent people injured in highway work zones across Maryland, whether drivers, passengers or construction workers. A driver who ignores posted speed restrictions or otherwise drives negligently or recklessly in a work zone and causes injury or death in a collision will be liable in a personal injury lawsuit for resulting damages. 

A construction worker struck and hurt in such a crash is likely eligible for Workers’ Compensation as well as to file a third-party lawsuit against the negligent driver.

Common causes of motor vehicle accidents in Baltimore, Maryland

With a metropolitan area of about 2.8 million inhabitants — we all know that roadway accidents involving cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles are going to happen in greater Baltimore. Some of these collisions are really accidental and others just fender benders, but when someone negligently or recklessly causes a crash that leaves another driver or a passenger, cyclist or pedestrian with serious injury or even results in death, the at-fault driver is liable in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit for the victim’s injuries and losses. 

Factors in Baltimore collisions 

Maryland Workers’ Compensation: Firefighter disease presumptions

Firefighters face exposure to toxic chemicals, substances and gases on a regular basis when they run toward danger on all of our behalves. Maryland law presumes that when they get certain diseases in particular circumstances, Workers’ Compensation benefits will be awarded. 

Firefighter occupational disease presumptions: Heart and lung conditions 

Bill may enhance Workers’ Comp for Maryland correctional officers

A bill has landed on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk that would move state correctional officers into a category of public service employees who already get a higher level of Workers’ Compensation benefits in certain situations. As of this April 4 writing, WorkCompCentral reports that HB 205 passed through both houses of the legislature almost unanimously, but the governor has not indicated whether he supports the change. 

Current public safety employee enhanced benefits 

Maryland Workers’ Compensation: New case on average weekly wage

When a Maryland employee gets a work-related injury or disease, he or she is eligible for Workers’ Compensation. When the worker is found to be temporarily totally disabled, he or she receives wage replacement benefits equal to two-thirds of average weekly wage

(The statute caps the weekly benefit at the statewide average weekly wage and applies a different formula for average weekly wages under $50.00.)

Maryland pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles

At our law firm, we represent injured people who were negligently or recklessly struck by vehicles while walking, running or standing as pedestrians on Maryland roads. We conduct a comprehensive investigation of these complex cases to uncover all potentially responsible parties, including drivers as well as those responsible for dangerous road or intersection design or maintenance. 

Fair compensation 

Fatal Annapolis, Maryland, crash takes life of elderly driver

On March 11, an afternoon three-car accident took the life of an 81-year-old driver and injured five other people in Annapolis. According to the Bay Times and Record Observer, local police said that the “preliminary cause of the crash was the failure to remain right of center and excessive speed” and that it “is believed that heroin use [was] a contributing factor.” 

Wrongful death liability 

Maryland Workers’ Compensation: Pain from work-related harm

Obviously, pain is a major component of many work injuries and occupational diseases. Pain can significantly affect an injured or ill worker’s ability to engage in work tasks. Pain can be a legitimate part of the reason for a permanent partial or complete disability. 

Credibility of pain 

Employee dies at scrap yard near Hagerstown in forklift accident

Several media sources are reporting that early on the Monday morning of March 4, a forklift accident caused an employee fatality at a scrap-metal recycling center near Hagerstown, Maryland, citing the Washington County Sheriff. Apparently, a forklift was moving a vehicle when it slipped off the forklift, fatally crushing the 51-year-old worker. 

According to Herald-Mail Media, the death has been ruled an accident in this case. The sheriff also said that wind did not contribute to the incident.

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