Work-related injuries happen in every industry, and employers in Maryland are required by law to provide workers' compensation when an employee is injured on the job. Employees also have a right to notify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration if an employer fails to provide a reasonably safe work environment.
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.
As with many matters in workers' compensation law, the answer to that question depends on a number of factors.
Recently we discussed permanent disability benefits available under the Maryland Workers' Compensation Act. You can learn more about permanent disability benefits here.
Building inspectors in Baltimore are investigating the cause of a recent building collapse near Camden Yards. The three-story row house crumbled on top of a worker, who was trapped beneath the rubble for several hours until firefighters were able to free him. He was taken from the scene by ambulance and was expected to recover.
The burdens of being seriously injured at work are enough without having to worry about gathering evidence and making a workers' compensation claim. If you have suffered a serious work-related injury, then your energy should be focused on obtaining proper medical care, rest and rehabilitation. A workers' comp attorney can meanwhile handle the claim process.
Currently, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration requires that companies with more than 10 employees report work-related injuries only if an accident results in the hospitalization of three or more workers. Current regulations also require that fatal work-related accidents be reported to OSHA within eight hours. Staring Jan. 1, OSHA's requirements for reporting injuries will change.
Many Maryland employees are eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. However, there are circumstances where an individual may not be eligible for such benefits. Since many people in Maryland work for the federal government, it should be noted that a federal employee who is injured on-the-job is covered under the federal workers' compensation program.
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.