The law says that employers are not allowed to retaliate in any way against employees who file workers' compensation claims. But as we discussed in our February 15 post, injured workers are sometimes reluctant to bring a claim forward because of concern that the boss may hold it against them.
It's only natural to want to work. This desire starts, of course with paying your bills and feeding your family - both very important. Yet as essential as making money is, the motivation for working goes beyond money. After all, working is also about human dignity and using your unique talents in productive ways.
In our September 27 post, we wrote about the workers' compensation dispute concerning a former punter for the Washington Redskins. The Redskins' insurance company took the position that the injured punter should have filed his claim in Virginia, where the team has its practice facility. The company made this argument even though the Redskins are incorporated in Maryland and the injury occurred there.
A lot has changed over the past few decades when it comes to keeping our children safe. Regulations for the production of toys, household products and child safety seats have gotten more stringent, and laws at both the state and federal level appear to be reducing the number of child injuries and deaths.
Anyone who commutes on a regular basis on Maryland's roads accepts some level of risk. We all know in the back of our minds that car accidents are an inevitable part of modern life, but we tend not to think about that risk from day to day. So when a serious accident happens, it's both upsetting and shocking -- especially when someone is injured or killed due to the careless actions of another driver.
Being injured on the job is not only painful, but complicated. Being injured twice is even worse, especially when your workers' compensation claim turns into a legal battle. That's precisely what happened to a mechanic working for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which twice appealed his second claim because he wasn't officially on the job, and couldn't make a direct connection between the first injury and the second.
Even if you haven't been on a bus lately, you can safely make this observation: Few to none have passenger seat belts. You might assume that the absence of this safety feature means that bus accidents are either so rare or so harmless to passengers that they simply aren't necessary. But bus accidents can and do happen, and unfortunately, they are quite capable of injuring people.
One of the responsibilities we all have as drivers is to make sure our vehicles are in safe driving condition. A car with faulty, broken or unstable parts creates a risk not just to ourselves and our passengers, but to other motorists on the road. If a car accident results from a vehicle that isn't in working order, a driver could even face criminal charges.
Most of us have had the experience of driving while we're fatigued: The soothing hum of tires on the road starts to lull you, your eyelids begin to droop and your chin starts to fall -- before you snap back to life suddenly and realize you need a jolt of energy. This scenario may be common, but that doesn't make it safe. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, about 1 in 6 fatal car accidents involves drowsy driving, which can be just as dangerous as driving while drunk or distracted.
Heavy traffic in Baltimore and other areas of Maryland is enough to make anyone a little cranky. Whether you're a daily commuter or are running late for an evening date or other appointment, you may have gotten frustrated by traffic jams or specific drivers on the road. But there's no excuse for the kind of road rage that leads to intentional car accidents like the one a Frederick County, Maryland, man is accused of causing last weekend. In addition to damaging several vehicles, the accidents caused numerous injuries.