Maximum medical improvement is an important concept in workers' compensation cases. Maximum medical improvement (MMI) occurs when an injured employee has reached the maximum benefit that can be obtained from medical care. At that point, a doctor can evaluate any lingering impairment to determine the extent of the permanent injury to the employee's body.
Workers' comp claims involving obesity could increase because of a recent ruling by the American Medical Association (AMA). The AMA declared in June that obesity is a disease.
An employee's firing does not bar workers' compensation benefits if the claimant's evidence demonstrates that his or her disability caused the subsequent inability to find work, the Court of Special Appeals has ruled. The court's ruling stems from a lawsuit involving an injured worker receiving benefits who was fired after his assertion that he had not worked for a business he owned on the side was contradicted by video surveillance.
There are several bills dealing with workers' compensation matters in the General Assembly this year. A bill that would allow commission decisions to be emailed and a bill that would expand punishment for employers who retaliate against workers who file workers' compensation claims are making the rounds in Annapolis.
Maryland was the first state to put into place workers' compensation laws, passing such a law in the early 1900s. All Maryland employers are covered under workers' compensation insurance or have insurance in place to satisfy such claims. Injured workers seeking workers' compensation benefits have to show that the injury or illness is work-related. In most instances, if you were doing something for the benefit of your employer and you were injured or became ill as a result of that activity, then your injury or illness is work-related and you can receive benefits.
One of the scourges of the modern-day world is mold and the impact of exposure upon our health. In a recent court case, Maryland's Court of Special Appeals decided that a doctor's opinion that exposure to mold led to a raft of problems for workers in a water-damaged building was not scientifically valid under the standard presently used in the Maryland court system.
On October 29, 2009, the Court of Special Appeals ruled, in the case of Este v. ISG Sparrows Point, LLC, that a steel worker's nine-day delay in notifying her employer of an on-the-job knee injury caused no prejudice and therefore, she was entitled to workers' compensation benefits.