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Maryland man injured in possible industrial accident

An injured worker must keep a number of concerns in mind to ensure adequate compensation for a workplace injury. The first step is often determining whether or not the accident is covered by worker's compensation.

A 20-year-old Maryland worker was a victim of an apparent industrial accident in Aberdeen. The man from Edgewood was a worker at Pier 1 imports. His coworkers on a loading dock at a distribution center found him in grave condition. One of his coworkers came to his aid and performed first aid until first responders were able to arrive at the scene.

Once police officers arrived, they took over CPR until paramedics arrived. The paramedics rushed the injured man to the Upper Chesapeake medical center where he remained in stable medical condition. The story behind the work accident is not known, but the Maryland Department of Labor is investigating the incident to determine whether it was in fact an industrial accident.

Generally, an injured worker must think about two main factors to determine whether they are covered under workers' compensation. First, the worker must meet the definition of an employee. Second, the workplace injury must have occurred in the scope of the victim's employment. Usually, if an injury arises out of and occurs within the scope of employment the work accident victim is covered by workers' compensation.

Any Maryland resident injured on the job should consider consulting with an attorney to help determine whether the injury should be covered by workers' compensation and how to pursue adequate compensation for the injury.

Source: Aberdeen Patch, "Police: Victim Stable after Industrial Accident in Aberdeen," Elizabeth Janney, March 16, 2013

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