A tree trimmer subcontracted by Baltimore Gas and Electric was seriously injured when a tree fell on him in Fallston Nov. 25. The accident happened around 9:40 a.m. on the 2800 block of Pleasantville Road.
According to authorities, the worker was trying to remove a dead tree near power lines about 60 feet from the road when he was struck by a falling tree. A representative with the Fallston Fire and Ambulance Company said the victim was not trapped or pinned by the tree, but he suffered serious injuries to his upper body. He was transported by ambulance to a nearby church parking lot where he was placed on a Maryland State Police Medevac and airlifted to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.
The victim was employed by Lewis Tree Service. His name and age have not been released.
Workplace accidents often cause severe injuries that require months of recovery time, during which a victim cannot earn a living. Anyone who is hurt on the job is entitled to file a workers' compensation claim, which covers medical and rehabilitation costs and some lost wages.
In cases where a third party is involved, such as with a subcontractor, filing a claim can be more complicated because it must be determined which party is responsible for paying the workers' compensation benefits. A victim of a workplace accident may wish to seek the advice of an attorney when they file their claim in order to ensure all necessary documents are properly prepared. If someone has already filed a worker's compensation claim and been denied, a lawyer may be able to file an appeal and obtain the benefits an injured worker is entitled to.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Tree falls on BGE worker in Fallston," Bryna Zumer, Nov. 25, 2014
Source: wbaltv.com, "Tree-trimmer seriously injured by falling tree", Katie Lange, November 25, 2014