July 17


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

By Mark Miller

July 17, 2020

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 a specific event. This case recognized that PTSD could occur as a result of a series of events over time and be slow and insidious in its onset; just like other occupation diseases.

Of course, PTSD can also be caused by one traumatic event such as being a victim of an armed robbery while on the job. An accidental injury claim could be made for PTSD in this type of situation.

PTSD can accompany serious physical injuries as well. When that occurs, proper diagnosis and treatment of the condition is vital. All too often, devastating physical injuries can obscure the damage to a person’s psyche. We can help you find a qualified mental health professional to treat this condition.

If you have been diagnosed or believe you have PTSD from an on-the-job injury or a series of events on-the-job, contact our office today to schedule an appointment to meet with an experienced attorney. The consultation is free.