The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission reports that the number of Maryland Workers’ comp claims filed in 2010 increased by 1.7 percent as compared with the number of claims filed in 2009. In 2009, Maryland workers filed a total of 22,622 claims with the commission. This number increased to 23,003 in 2010. Despite the number of claims filed, the average permanent partial award decreased by 2.3 percent to $18,601.
Six major metro areas of Maryland (Harford County, Baltimore City, Prince George’s County, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, and Montgomery County) accounted for 67.6 percent of all claims filed, down slightly from 2009. The non-metro areas within Maryland accounted for 25 percent of all filed claims. The remaining claims were out-of-state claims, which account for 7.4 percent of all filed claims.
The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission tracks claims by industry to identify trends. In 2010, the top five industries by the total number of claims filed were as follows:
- Colleges or schools (includes daycare facilities)
- General construction
The industries with the lowest numbers of claims included garbage refuse collecting, employment agencies, telephone companies, sheet metal work, and plumbing. The most common injuries were burns, dislocations, strains, fractures, cuts, punctures, and abrasions.
Many people make the mistaken assumption that only “dangerous” jobs like trucking and construction will lead to debilitating injuries. The truth is, though, that even sedentary office jobs can cause serious injuries and long-term pain.
If you sustained a Maryland workplace injury, an attorney should be the first person you contact after you receive medical attention. An experienced Maryland workers’ compensation attorney can protect your rights and help you receive the financial compensation you deserve. Contact the experienced attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC to discuss your case in detail. Call us today at (301) 932-9997 for a free case evaluation.