A man in another state recently suffered injuries while working at a construction site. The accident occurred on a Monday afternoon. Fortunately, workers in Maryland and elsewhere may be able to take advantage of workers’ compensation to help them to address their injuries quickly and efficiently.
In the recent out-of-state case, a man was apparently doing sewer project work associated with a subdivision that was in the process of being built. However, while he was inside a deep excavation hole, a cylinder made from cement collapsed onto him. The cylinder fell after reportedly shifting somehow.
Firefighters were notified about the accident shortly before 2:50 p.m. When they got to the scene, a firefighter climbed into the hole to determine the worker’s condition. The worker suffered moderate injuries that were not deemed to be life threatening. Firefighters finally pulled him from the trench at around 4 p.m. and took him to the hospital.
In Maryland and other states, businesses have a legal obligation to purchase workers’ compensation insurance, which covers employees who are hurt or fall ill while on the job. In addition, employers may not terminate workers simply for filing workers’ compensation claims. The benefit for employers is that they are protected against being sued by their injured workers. Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to help these employees to cover their lost wages resulting from their workplace accidents and subsequent injuries. An attorney can offer an injured worker the guidance he or she needs to pursue the maximum benefit amount to which he or she is entitled.
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