Construction along freeways and busy roads can be a nuisance during rush
hour or when drivers are in a hurry. However, construction work can also
be extremely dangerous for the men and women
working at those sites. This was made abundantly clear last month when an
accident involving two road construction workers left one dead and another seriously injured. According to reports, a driver
who was traveling southbound through a construction zone attempted to
pass the road workers by moving into the northbound lane. When an oncoming
vehicle forced the driver to veer back into the southbound lane, the car
struck two workers. A 48-year-old worker suffered fatal injuries and was
declared dead at the scene. The second worker suffered serious injuries
and was transported via helicopter to the closest hospital.
When individuals are injured on the job, they and their families may suffer
significant financial, physical, and emotional challenges. Medical bills,
loss of income, and the stress that comes along with unpaid bills and
caring for an injured family member can all take a significant toll on
any family. Tragically, some workers are killed while on the job, and
their families must not only struggle with finances, but deal with the
emotional shock of losing a loved one. Fortunately, in Maryland, workers’
compensation provides financial aid for many qualifying families.
In Maryland, in order to be covered by workers’ compensation, a workers’
injuries must have been accidental. An
accidental injury is defined as an injury that either:
- Arises out of and occurs in the course of employment; or
- Is caused by a willful or negligent act of a third person directed against
an employee in the course of employment.
A disease or infection that naturally results from an accidental injury
arising out of the course of employment also falls under this category,
- Occupational diseases; and
- Frostbite or sunstroke caused by weather conditions.
Course of Employment
In order to receive
workers' compensation coverage, an employee’s injury must have arisen out of and occurred in the
course of employment. This means that the harm must have been incidental
to the employment or caused by the employment itself. The time, place,
and circumstances of the injury are also important factors in determining
whether and how the injury occurred.
Under workers’ compensation laws, an employee who suffers an injury
while working can receive two-thirds of his or her weekly wage. Furthermore,
there is no time limit on how long an employee can receive workers’
Besides payment of medical bills and lost wages, there are four types of
disability benefits covered by Maryland’s workers’ compensation
that depend upon the type and severity of the injury, including:
- Temporary partial;
- Temporary total;
- Permanent total; and
- Permanent partial disability benefits.
Charles County, MD Personal Injury Lawyers that Fight for You
The injury or death of a loved one is a traumatic event and can take a
severe financial and emotional toll on victims and their families. If
your family member was injured or killed while at work or due to a work-related
disease, you may be entitled to benefits through workers’ compensation.
Please contact the experienced Charles County, Maryland, personal injury
attorneys at the
Law Office of Robert R. Castro for a free consultation.