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.
At our law firm, we represent injured workers throughout the state of Maryland in their claims for Workers’ Compensation benefits. We recently published a blog about the industries with the most fatalities and, not surprisingly, farmers and agricultural workers made the top 10 list.
Under our Workers’ Compensation laws, an employee who gets a work-related injury or illness is normally eligible for benefits. What happens if the injury or disease aggravates a pre-existing injury?
Many Maryland households hire people to work in their homes like babysitters, nannies, cooks, housekeepers, house cleaners and other household workers. These employers may not know that many domestic workers are covered by state workers’ compensation law — and many domestic workers themselves may not know that they have the right to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries that arise out of and in the course of their employment, regardless of who is at fault for the harm.
In today’s workplaces, virtually all professional, office and administrative workers work on personal computer terminals, laptops or similar technology, usually at a traditional desk. While we think of risky worksites as those involving heavy machinery, work at heights, exposure to chemicals, physical labor or similarly dangerous features, full-time sedentary work has its own inherent health risks.
Normally, Workers’ Compensation is not available in Maryland when an employee is injured during his or her regular commute to work. This concept is called the going-and-coming rule, based on the idea that a commute is not an action in the course of employment. Rather, a commute is considered a common, ordinary risk all workers who commute take. However, there are exceptions.
Last month, a veteran 43-year-old Baltimore police detective died after having been shot with his own official police weapon while investigating a triple homicide in the Harlem Park neighborhood. With 18 years of service behind him, the officer is survived by his wife and five children, according to The Baltimore Sun.
We are entering the season of work-sponsored holiday parties. When an employer-sponsored party is held off of work premises such as at a hotel, casino or restaurant and an employee is injured at the party or during the trip to or from the event, whether the injury is covered under Maryland Workers’ Compensation law can be a complicated question.