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.
In addition, survivors may be able to file a wrongful death claim against potentially responsible third parties like a manufacturer of defective and dangerous equipment or a property owner who rented work premises without repairing an unsafe condition or warning of it.
Recent Maryland work deaths, especially in construction
The Baltimore Sun reported that a construction worker had a fatal fall from a rooftop downtown on July 26. This death follows on the heels of four work fatalities in the state in June:
- A 20-year-old construction worker died in a Baltimore trench collapse.
- A worker on a commercial remodeling project passed away after a fall into an elevator shaft.
- An Annapolis tree trimmer died when he became pinned by a tree branch.
- A worker was fatally electrocuted installing siding in new residential construction in Odenton.
The Sun, citing federal statistics, noted that from 2015 (69 deaths) to 2016 (92 deaths), work fatalities in the state jumped 33 percent. As of mid-June, officials were investigating the causes of these deaths.
Workers’ Compensation eligibility, however, does not depend on who was at fault, so survivors of workplace deaths should not wait to apply for benefits so as not to miss any deadlines.