Firefighters have a dangerous job. They run into danger when most others run the other way. They face exposure to extreme heat, toxic chemicals, smoke and dangerous fires.
On August 30, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland handed down an opinion in favor of a firefighter who claimed that degenerative knee tearing in his right knee arose out of and in the course of his employment. The court explains in detail what the standards are in Maryland Workers’ Compensation law for establishing an occupational disease that makes the worker eligible for benefits.
Some workplace injuries are obviously tied to the course of employment: a delivery-person who suffers a back injury while lifting a heavy package; a gym's personal trainer whose toes are broken when a client drops a weight on them; a restaurant line cook severely burned by a malfunctioning stove, just to name a few.
At our law firm, we advise and represent Maryland employees who were injured in car or other vehicle accidents while on the job.Our attorneys assist with related Workers' Compensation claims as well as investigate these collisions to see whether any third parties could also have liability.
At our law firm, we advise injured workers throughout Maryland on Workers’ Compensation issues. A new unreported case from the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland illustrates the complexity of the state Workers’ Compensation Act and the importance of having an experienced lawyer involved at all stages of a claim, if possible.
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.
When you agree to employment with a company, you do so under the understanding that they know what benefits you'll be receiving, both through their own company and through state and federal law. A fundamental benefit of employment is the Workers' Compensation insurance program, in which injured workers receive compensation for medical bills, time away from work and other recovery or rehabilitation-related coverage. It's a well-known program, yet a recent study shows that many employers do not know coverage rules.
Getting medical treatment is one of the most important things you can do after a workplace injury. However, many employers require that you see their hand-picked physician to determine the extent of your injuries, and you may worry that this person won’t be impartial. This is a valid concern. Even though workers' compensation claims don’t imply fault on the part of the employer, the insurers who pay out workers’ comp claims are always trying to save money. If you feel that this has negatively impacted your medical evaluation, you have a few options.
The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland released an unpublished opinion illustrating “estoppel” in the context of a late workers’ compensation claim. Estoppel provides relief when someone is legally harmed by reasonably relying on another person’s behavior or statements.
Broadly, injuries that occur during a normal commute to work are normally not covered by Maryland Workers’ Compensation, unless a special exception applies. This concept is called the going-and coming rule.