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Maryland jury awards $21.7 million after paralyzing work accident

Published on Oct 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm in Workers Compensation.

We recently discussed how the legal relationship between a worker and an employer can affect workers’ compensation claims. Specifically, we considered the question of whether a subcontractor’s employee can receive workers’ comp benefits through the contractor.

If you have been seriously injured while working for a contractor, then it is important to have a work injury attorney handle your case and protect your rights. Depending on the facts of the accident, it may be appropriate to sue the contractor for negligence. With that in mind, consider a Maryland case that was recently reported in The Washington Post.

In May 2013, a construction worker suffered paralyzing injuries while working at a Pepco site in Montgomery County. The 28-year-old’s spine was broken after a live transformer knocked him off of some scaffolding and onto concrete. He and other workers had mistakenly been told that the transformer was de-energized. The accident also left the young man with third-degree burns.

When the accident happened, the man was working for a subcontractor that had been hired by Pepco. The worker brought a third-party negligence claim against Pepco and not the subcontractor. Pepco admitted liability, and a jury awarded the injured man $35.9 million as compensation for non-economic and economic damages. However, that amount was reduced to $21.7 million because non-economic damages are capped at $770,000 under Maryland law.

The accident left the man mostly paralyzed, and the monetary award is intended to cover his medical care and lost earning capacity.

If you are unsure of who is responsible for providing compensation after a Maryland work accident, then an attorney with experience in personal injury and workers’ comp claims can assess your case and explain your options.

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