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Vocational rehab in Maryland: What you should know

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.

If the injury prevents you from returning to your previous position, then you might consider vocational rehabilitation. Let's go over some vocational rehab services and requirements under Maryland law.

Trench collapse injuries 2 workers in Montgomery County

A harrowing trench collapse in Montgomery County has left two workers injured. The men were part of a crew working at a residence in Potomac. They were down in the trench and working on the home's foundation when the ground beneath them collapsed. One man was reportedly buried in wet mud up to his waist, and the other man was buried up to his shoulders.

Being buried up to the chest places immense pressure on the body. Bones and internal organs can be injured in such an accident. In this case, after another worker in the crew sought help, emergency responders arrived on the scene and were able to begin removing the heavy mud from around the workers. Rescue teams also pumped air into the trench and talked to the injured men while the operation was underway.

Benefits and requirements under Maryland workers' compensation

Under the Maryland Workers' Compensation Act, employees who have suffered work-related injuries or illnesses are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Prompt coverage of medical expenses, including hospital care, nursing care, medication, crutches, wheelchairs, and prosthetic appliances
  • Reimbursement for lost wages, including wages the worker might have earned if not for having to travel to and from a doctor's office or a workers' compensation hearing
  • Vocational rehabilitation in the event that the injury or illness prevents the worker from doing the job he or she did before
  • Disability benefits, the amount and duration of which depend on the degree and duration of the disability

Second accident in 3 months at former Sparrows Point steel mill

In May, at a former steel mill at Sparrows Point in Baltimore County, a building collapse injured nine workers who were removing asbestos from the site. At the time of the accident, the workers were reportedly 40 feet in the air, and an investigation by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration is still underway.

Now OSHA has started a second investigation at the site, this time after a piece of steel hit and seriously injured a worker. A helicopter was called to the scene to transport the man to a shock treatment center. There has been no public update of his medical condition since a July 21 report. The man was not employed by the same demolition company that employed the nine workers injured in May.

Maryland Lawmakers Consider Expanding Workers' Comp Claims

Maryland State House-thumb-250x190-64354.jpgBills that would make it easier for the members of several public service occupations to qualify for workers' compensation are making the rounds in Annapolis. Paid emergency medical service providers and Allegany County correctional officers and state correctional officers would receive a presumption that certain cancers, lung or heart disease or hypertension from which they suffer stemmed from their jobs. And, Maryland state correctional officers would receive a presumption of compensability that heart disease or hypertension that is more severe than the individual's prior condition and that results in partial or total disability or death is compensable under worker's comp.

Firefighter Can Recover Workers' Comp Benefits for Injuries Stemming from Travel from Work-Related Activity to Work Site

Firefigher in fiery doorway-thumb-250x378-80227.jpgIt's a fact of modern life that people are always "coming and going." "Going and coming" is a concept in workers' compensation that means that workers cannot recover for the injuries they suffer when they are on the way to work or on their way home. The rule is based on the idea that compensation in such situations is not warranted because getting to work is the employee's responsibility and does not involve advancing the employer's interests.

Court: Temporary Total Disability Payments Must Stop When Worker Achieves Maximum Medical Improvement

Ice-thumb-250x187-77643.jpgMaximum 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 Compensation Information

When an injury occurs at work, an insurance company may pay your medical bills or lost time without aworkers' compensation claim having been filed with the Workers' Compensation Commission. Therefore, the question that is frequently asked, is why should an injured worker file a claim with the Workers' Compensation Commission. The answer to this question lies more in the future then the present.

Preexisting Condition Does Not Disqualify Baltimore City Employees Seeking Line-of-Duty Disability

A Baltimore City employee is not precluded from qualifying for line-of-duty disability if he or she has a preexisting medical or physical condition that contributes to his or her disability, according to a recent decision by Maryland's top court.

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