Despite signage telling motorists to be alert and slow down, each year more than 700 people die in work zone accidents nationwide. In Maryland, seven highway workers have lost their lives over the course of the last 20 months.
Serious work injuries alter people's lives, and workers and their families often have to adjust in ways they never expected. Workers' compensation is available to provide benefits during this difficult time, whether your injury is temporary or permanent.
A harrowing trench collapse in Montgomery County has left two workers injured. The men were part of a crew working at a residence in Potomac. They were down in the trench and working on the home's foundation when the ground beneath them collapsed. One man was reportedly buried in wet mud up to his waist, and the other man was buried up to his shoulders.
Under the Maryland Workers' Compensation Act, employees who have suffered work-related injuries or illnesses are entitled to the following benefits:
In May, at a former steel mill at Sparrows Point in Baltimore County, a building collapse injured nine workers who were removing asbestos from the site. At the time of the accident, the workers were reportedly 40 feet in the air, and an investigation by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration is still underway.
Ordinarily, the benefit of receiving a cardiac stent far outweighs the risks of stent surgery and the necessary postoperative treatment. There are however sizeable risks to consider if you are fortunate enough to have the time and accurate information about your condition to do so. Recently, more than 500 patients at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Towson, Maryland were advised they may have received cardiac stents unnecessarily and to consult with their private physicians. These patients didn't have the time to realize they didn't need the stents to begin with and are now faced with questions about their medical future.
In today's Baltimore Sun, reporter Tricia Bishoplooks at the use of stents and the risks they bring. According to the article, until recently, use of cardiac stents to open blocked arteries has been all the rage and was seen as a relatively safe procedure when compared to open heart coronary bypass surgery. Since the 1990s, stents have been increasingly used and have generated more than $1 billion of revenue for Maryland's hospitals.