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The risk of electrocution on the jobsite

Although new safety programs and procedures have been implemented at many construction worksites in Maryland and across the U.S., workers continue to get electrocuted while working on the job. Electrocution is the fourth leading cause of death in the construction industry. Statistics show that over a 12-year period, 1,715 workers were killed as a result of electrocution, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. While electricians were the most likely to be electrocuted, construction laborers, carpenters, non-electrical supervisors and roofers also lost their lives in these unfortunate accidents.

Occupational respiratory conditions and workers comp

Employers are responsible for ensuring the safety of their workers and their workplace environment. When people work in conditions where they are exposed to toxic fumes, harsh chemicals, dust or other irritants on a regular basis, they may acquire a long-term respiratory disease. At Wilson & Parlett, we understand that living with a respiratory condition can make it difficult for people to engage in everyday activities, work and enjoy hobbies, sports and other recreational activities. People who are diagnosed with occupational breathing conditions may be entitled to workers’ compensation in Maryland.

What factors can lead to a forklift accident?

Forklifts are used in warehouses in Maryland and across the country. While these essential machines are used to move heavy products from place to place, they may pose a critical threat to operators who are not using them correctly. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly 100,000 workers are injured and killed every year as the result of forklift accidents. Employers have a responsibility to ensure their employees receive the proper training on how to use these large machines correctly.

Heat-related illnesses can occur in the workplace

A number of Americans work in outdoor and indoor environments that are hot and humid on a daily basis. Although some people can become accustomed to working in such harsh conditions, high temperatures can be brutal, especially when people are trying to work. When the body losses an excessive amount of fluid and is unable to regulate its core temperature, it can cause serious symptoms which could cause illness, permanent injuries and even death in some cases.

Identifying the price of body parts in MD workplace accidents

When people have the poor misfortune of losing a body part during a workplace accident, they may be surprised to find out that the price paid to people who lose an extremity varies drastically depending on what state in which they reside. Maryland pays a significant amount more for a lost body part than a number of other states in the nation. Alabama, on the other hand, is one of the lowest paying states. The rate of pay for lost body parts is contingent upon the schedule of benefits listed for that specific state. These differences in workers’ compensation benefits has employees and employers alike arguing that a body part should be worth the same amount regardless of where it was lost.

Returning to work with a traumatic brain injury

When people receive a traumatic brain injury, it can make it difficult for them to return to work and engage in the same activities that they did prior to becoming injured. Many studies have looked at the rate at which people are able to return to work following a traumatic brain injury, as well as how productive and successful they are at what they do. From mild brain injuries to severe trauma, any type of injury that affects the brain can make it hard to participate in workplace activities, daily tasks and social engagements.

Workers' Compensation looks at both sides

As an employee, being injured at work can cause tension between you and your employer and, depending on the extent of the injuries, an investigation into the incident may be required. If, during the course of the investigation, your employer was found to be at fault, your employer may be subject to fines and charges. Regardless of injury, Workers' Compensation is in place to compensate you for such things as missed work, medical expenses, lost wages, and medical bills relating to the incident, as long as you (the employee) were not found to be under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs at the time of the accident.

What should you do if you're injured at work?

Every year thousands of Americans are involved in workplace accidents that force them to miss work, deal with lost wages and have to face large medical bills. Accidents at work can be the result of unsafe working conditions, repetitive stress or a simple, temporary lapse in an otherwise safe working environment.

Is carpal tunnel syndrome covered by Maryland workers' comp?

If you've ever glanced at Maryland's worker's compensation laws or perhaps read our September post regarding injuries covered by workers comp benefits, then you'd know that Maryland law includes a very specific phrase that can create problems for injured workers. Our state laws explain that in order for an injury claim to be covered under insurance, a worker's injuries must have been suffered during the course of employment while performing their duties. This means that not all injuries are covered, only those resulting from work duties or because of the type of work performed.

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