Last month, we wrote about two bills that awaited review on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk. We now know that he decided to sign both into law, a positive sign for state workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An issue that arises in Maryland Workers' Compensation is whether there is adequate medical evidence in the record to support a claim. In a new, unpublished opinion, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland sheds light on "minimum evidence" required to link medical treatment back to earlier covered injury.
Many jobs require repetitive motions that continuously or frequently use the same parts of the body to perform the same task. Over time, the affected joint, nerves, ligaments, muscles, tendons and other body parts can wear out or become injured, either permanently or temporarily. These injuries are called repetitive motion injuries or repetitive stress injuries, and one of the most common RMI is carpal tunnel syndrome, called CTS.
As we have discussed previously, under almost all circumstances, Workers’ Compensation is the only legal remedy available to an injured worker against his or her employer. Earlier this month, we wrote about the availability of third-party claims when a person or company other than the employer contributed to the injury or death of a worker.
Every state, including Maryland, has established a system of Workers’ Compensation that provides benefits like medical bill coverage and wage replacement to employees with work-related injuries or occupational illnesses. Employers carry insurance or become self-insured to pay these claims to employees when appropriate.