Articles Posted in Maryland Workers Comp

A new Maryland case, Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association vs. Cree, provides a good look at occupational disease worker’s compensation claims in Maryland.

Occupational Disease and Workers’ Compensation

Occupational disease workers’ compensation claims revolve around illnesses or conditions that an employee contracts due to their work environment. When someone says “occupational disease,” they are referring to a health condition or ailment that emerges as a direct consequence of specific hazards or exposures in the workplace.

Our firm handles a large number of shoulder injury lawsuits.  This post looks at average workers’ comp payout for shoulder injuries in Maryland such as a torn labrum or torn rotator cuff. We will look at some of the most common types of workplace shoulder injuries and examine how the typical course of treatment for these injuries can impact their workers’ comp value in Maryland.

Workplace Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is a vitally important part of the body with a lot of moving parts. The shoulder joint is where the large ball at the top of the upper arm bone (humerus) connects into the shoulder socket (glenoid). The labrum is a cartilage disc that lines the shoulder socket and functions as a stabilizer to restrict the movement of the humerus ball in the socket. The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that closely encase the shoulder socket basically hold everything in place.

Maryland workers’ compensation claims have been growing rapidly but Maryland’s comp system is still an efficient system compared to other states, according to two new studies by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, a non-profit that looks a workers’ compensation issues.

The major driver was the rapid growth in average medical payments per claim. But when compared to nine other states (California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin), researchers found that Maryland provides the best value both for employers and injured workers. This was true in spite of the fact that Maryland’s workers’ comp process typically – according to the study – requires Maryland workers’ compensation lawyers and, relatively speaking, a great deal of paperwork. Specifically, the study found that defense lawyers were involved in Maryland much more often than most other states. However, workers’ compensation payments per claim to defense lawyers were the lowest of the 14 study states.

The bad news is that the Maryland workers’ compensation system also takes a bit long for injured workers in Maryland to get their money. The first indemnity payment was longer in Maryland than in other jurisdictions even though Maryland quickly reports injuries, the average time from notice to getting a check was the longest of any state as several state labor organizations.