Maryland Worksite Accident Lawyer
Each year in the United States, millions of people are injured and thousands are killed in
worksite accidents. While state and federal benefits can provide much-needed compensation to
injured workers and their families, this compensation does not always provide adequate support.
Some portion of a worker’s lost wages as well as damages for pain or suffering are often only
available through filing a personal injury action. If you or a loved one was injured while on the
job, one of the best ways to make sure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation is
to retain the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
How Common are Workplace Accidents in Maryland?
Data compiled by the Maryland Division of Labor and Industry reveal that wrongful deaths have been decreasing over the last few years. In 2008, 60 individuals in Maryland were killed in workplace accidents. This marked the lowest number of recorded deaths since Maryland began recording this statistic in 1992. The number of workplace injuries in Maryland has also decreased in recent years. Despite these positive trends, however, workers are still killed and injured on the job every day. If you are one of the many Maryland workers who have been impacted by a worksite accident, you should know how to pursue the compensation you deserve for your losses.
Common Workplace Accidents in Maryland
Our workplace accident lawyers are familiar with many types of worksite injuries, but some of the most common types of accidents that we encounter include:
- Car and truck accidents
- Defective product accidents
- Electrical accidents
- Exposure to chemicals and toxins
- Fires and explosions
- Heavy machinery malfunctions
- Lack of safety equipment or procedures
- Ladder and roof falls
- Scaffolding accidents
- Tool and machinery accidents
Maryland State Safety Regulations
The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Act provides workers in the state with specific rights and protections when worksite accidents occur. It also implements various federal rules and regulations for employers to ensure worker safety.
Under the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Standards of Maryland, workers in the state have certain rights. These standards are found in Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations — more specifically in Part 1910 for General Industry workers, Part 1926 for Construction workers, and Part 1928 for Agricultural workers.
Workers’ Compensation in Maryland
If a person in Maryland is injured while on the job, that person is often able to receive workers’ compensation under Maryland state law. To qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, the worker must have become accidentally injured during the course of employment. Unfortunately, not all injuries qualify for compensation. Qualified injured workers can receive benefits to pay their medical bills and replace their income if they miss more than three days of work due to an injury.
Holding Third Parties Liable for Worksite Injuries
If a third party is liable for causing your worksite accident, our experienced injury attorneys are prepared to hold this entity accountable. Some of the ways a third party might be liable for a worksite accident include:
- While driving to work or between job sites, you are struck by a distracted driver. The distracted driver is likely liable for your resulting damages.
- You are working off-site and injured by a dangerous condition on the property that the property owner was aware of but failed to warn you about. The property owner is likely liable for your resulting damages.
- You are injured by a tool or piece of equipment that was defective at the time it was either designed or manufactured. The manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of the defective product may be liable for your resulting damages.
What to do if You are Involved in a Workplace Accident
If you are injured while at work, you should know what steps to take to preserve your health as well as your right to pursue compensation. Some of these steps include:
- Promptly pursue medical treatment. Following a worksite accident, your first priority should be to receive medical attention. If you do not think the injury requires medical care, you should see your doctor anyway. Some injuries are internal and may not immediately present symptoms.
- Report the injury. Once you receive medical care, you should make sure to report your injury to your work superiors. Workers often have a limited amount of time in which to legally file an accident report, which is why you should do so as soon as possible after the incident.
- Consider speaking with an attorney. While some worksite accidents cases are easily resolved, others are not. If your injury was the result of another party’s negligence, it is important to remember that you can pursue legal action in addition to a workers’ compensation claim. A personal injury lawyer can help you determine your next steps.
Speak with a Workplace Injury Attorney
If you are injured in a workplace accident, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney at Henderson Law LLC. Contact our law office today to schedule a free case evaluation.
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