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Maryland trooper likely eligible for workers' compensation

It is no secret that police officers have a dangerous job. Every day they report for duty, they realize it could very well be their last. There are obvious job hazards such as dangerous criminals, but there are others of which some people may not be as aware. Police officers are frequently in danger of being struck by a fast-moving vehicle when they pull over a different vehicle or are working the scene of an accident. Fortunately in the case of workplace injuries in Maryland, injured employees are often entitled to workers' compensation.

One state trooper will likely be looking into workers' compensation after he was injured while on the job. According to reports, the trooper had been working the scene of an accident. As he was waiting by the side of the road with his emergency equipment engaged, his police car was struck by a vehicle not connected to the original accident.

The trooper was transported to an area hospital for treatment. His current condition is unknown. The 63-year-old man who allegedly struck him has been issued several citations.

An injury while at work can be devastating to an employee and his or her family. They could face medical bills while having to miss work during the recovery period. A family member may also have to miss work to provide care. In states such as Maryland, most injured workers are provided with workers' compensation coverage. Such coverage can help with the expenses stemming from a workplace injury or death; however, in some cases employees have found additional assistance helpful to ensure they receive all the compensation they are entitled to in a timely manner

Source:, Md. trooper injured when car hits cruiser, No author, Oct. 28, 2013

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