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What are the temporary disability benefits for Maryland workers?

Recently we discussed permanent disability benefits available under the Maryland Workers' Compensation Act. You can learn more about permanent disability benefits here.

Now let's discuss temporary disability benefits. There are two types:

  • Temporary total disability (TTD)
  • Temporary partial disability (TPD)

Construction worker injured in Baltimore building collapse

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.

It was reported that roofers working on a separate project noticed that one of the walls of the house was dangerously unstable. The roofers reportedly warned the construction crew numerous times before the entire building collapsed. Video taken by one of the roofers three hours before the accident shows one of the walls sagging away from the rest of the structure.

Things to know about Maryland workers' comp disability benefits

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.

Sometimes people suffer disabling injuries in the course of their employment, and under the Maryland Workers' Compensation Act, disabling injuries are regarded either as temporary or permanent. Permanent disabilities are further categorized as permanent partial disabilities and permanent total disabilities. 

New OSHA rules require report of each work-related hospitalization

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.

The rule changes are aimed at protecting employees from injury by addressing dangerous work conditions more quickly. After the New Year, non-exempt employers in Maryland and throughout the country will be required to report every work-related injury that requires an employee to be hospitalized. Additionally, every instance of amputation or eye loss resulting from a work-related accident must be reported.

Companies face consequences in industrial workers' accidents

Maryland industrial workers are often working in close proximity to large pieces of equipment that sometimes lead to serious injuries or even death. Many companies will do what they can to safeguard the lives -- and sometimes the limbs -- of their employees by implementing safety procedures, providing the proper equipment and conducting safety training. However, when a company does not take the time to provide employees with the proper safety equipment and training, the potential for industrial workers' accidents rises dramatically.

For instance, back on March 10, a 39-year-old man was working at a facility that sorts and shreds scrap metal. As he worked near a conveyor belt, something went wrong and his arm became trapped in it. He died from numerous internal and external injuries as a result.

Is anyone in Maryland not covered by workers' compensation?

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.

For those not employed by the federal government, every state, including Maryland, has its own workers' compensation insurance program. Benefits can be received regardless of whether the injury was the fault of the employee or the employer -- except under certain conditions. If it is determined that an employee was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, that an injury was self-inflicted or that the employee was in violation of company policy or the law at the time he or she suffered the injury, benefits may be denied. Of course, only injuries that occurred while on the job are covered.

Work zone accident claims life of highway worker from Denton

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.

The latest of those tragedies happened recently in St. Michaels. A 40-year-old worker from Denton was directing traffic around a work zone when he was hit by a vehicle driven by an 84-year-old man. The worker was flown to a hospital in Baltimore, where sadly the man died. Police indicated that members of the man's family were notified.

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
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