Public safety employees enjoy certain enhanced Workers’ Comp benefits as the Legislature recognizes the inherent dangerousness and difficulty of these professions. Police, Fire Fighters, Paramedics, and Corrections Officers are all treated slightly different by the Code.For Fire Fighters heart disease and certain cancers are presumed to be causally related to employment. Police and Corrections Officers
Hernias are an unfortunate risk of most types of medium to heavy work. In Maryland, a special section of workers’ compensation law has been established by the legislature to determine if a hernia claim is compensable. For years, workers had only thirty days to report a claim for a hernia to the employer.
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a federal law that provides for the payment of compensation, medical care, and vocational rehabilitation services to employees disabled from on the job injuries that occur on the navigable waters of the United States, or in adjoining areas customarily used in the loading, unloading, repairing, or
Blondell & Associates (now Blondell, Miller & Schuler) successfully pursued the first occupational disease claim in Maryland for PTSD (without any physical injury). The case of Means v. Baltimore County, decided in 1997, can be found here: https://caselaw.findlaw.com/md-court-of-appeals/1310734.html .Prior to this case being decided, PTSD could only stand alone as a claim if caused by
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