According to Maryland State Police, a worker in Pittsville, Maryland was injured last week after he fell to the ground from a conveyer belt that was 8.5 feet up in the air.
The worker, Stanford McKenzie, 53, is an employee of Maryland Coastal Supply Company. McKenzie was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been called upon to investigate the accident.
In Maryland, many workers who have been injured on the job because of their job are usually covered by the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act. Workers’ compensation provides temporary partial disability benefits, temporary total disability benefits, permanent partial disability benefits, and permanent total disability benefits. Workers’ compensation provides injured workers with permanent disability awards, pays for medical bills, and compensates them for lost wages.
Common injuries that can occur on the job:
• Back injuries
• Finger and hand injuries
• Wrist injuries
• Industrial accidents
• Repetitive stress
• Truck accidents
• Exposure to toxic substances
• Occupational illness
• Neck injuries
• Head injuries
If you have been injured at work, it is important that you report the accident and injury right away. You should also speak with a personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling workers’ compensation cases. An experienced lawyer can help you obtain the maximum recovery for your claim. If your employer is contesting your claim, an attorney can also represent you and protect your rights. By availing of workers’ compensation, you are not allowed to sue your employer for personal injury. You can, however, still obtain the recovery that you deserve for your pain and suffering or loss.
If you are someone who has lost a loved one due to a work-related accident, you also may be entitled to compensation under the workers’ compensation laws in your state.
Lebowitz and Mzhen is a personal injury law firm who represents clients who have been injured because another person was negligent. We represent injured victims throughout Maryland and the Washington D.C. area. Contact Lebowitz and Mzhen today for your free consultation.
Worker Hurt in Pittsville Industrial Accident, WBOC.com, March 20, 2007
Related Web Resources:
Workers’ Compensation, Cornell Law School