Accidents can happen at any point in time. However, employers in Maryland often go to extreme measures in order to ensure that their employees are safe while completing their job responsibilities. Despite these measures, accidents still happen, potentially placing employees and their families in a precarious financial situation. One out-of-state man suffering from a worker injury may face such a situation after being involved in a serious accident.
The details of the accident are unclear. However, reports indicate that an employee of Apex Pipeline Services was injured after he was pinned by an excavator. The man has reportedly undergone several surgeries already, but more are expected. A spokesperson for the family has said that he is currently in the intensive care unit.
Accidents such as this typically result in an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If OSHA determines that health and safety standards were violated leading up to the accident, the company could face citations and/or fines. However, future employees could be protected from similar incidents based on the organization’s findings.
Anyone who has undergone a procedure in a hospital likely knows of the high cost of medical care. A man who requires several surgeries and intensive care will likely face extremely high bills and may also face lost wages as he recovers. Fortunately, all states, including Maryland, require employers to provide workers’ compensation coverage to their employees in the event of an accident such as this. This coverage could provide reimbursement for medical bills and lost wages. Many people dealing with a worker injury have been able to receive all of the compensation to which they are entitled with the help of an attorney experienced with such issues.
Source: heraldstaronline.com, “Workplace accident injures the son of state senator“, Alan Olson, Jan. 4, 2015