Despite improvements in workplace safety over the years, workplace and industrial accidents continue to take a major toll on Maryland workers every year. Injured workers have legal rights in Maryland. In Maryland, workers’ compensation has a long history, and Maryland was one of the first states to create a workers’ compensation system. Because it streamlines the process of making a claim, workers’ compensation makes it easier for workers to receive compensation for workplace injuries.
However, the process for receiving compensation for work-related injuries is often complex and filled with red tape. This is especially true when a worker’s injury may have been caused because of the negligence or carelessness of a third party. In these types of cases, an attorney with experience in workers’ compensation and personal injury law can be especially valuable.
A recent story illustrates how a workers’ injury could have multiple causes. A few weeks ago, a three-man crew was building a garage for a residential property near Chesapeake City when the roof of the garage collapsed. One of the men fell about 15 feet and was seriously injured in the building collapse. According to a witness, the roof trusses bowed out and collapsed and the injured worker landed in a grassy area.
The severity of the injuries and the location of the accident were such that the injured worker needed to be rushed by helicopter to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore.
Multiple causes could have contributed to an accident like this. An investigation of this accident could very well reveal that the accident was the fault of the man’s employer, because of a defect in the garage construction, due to a defect with the materials that were being used, or a combination of these factors.
Source: The Cecil Whig, “Construction worker hurt in Ches. City garage collapse,” Carl Hamilton, 6 July 2011