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Trooper injured after crashing into a tree

Many workers have jobs that do not have a single location of employment or require them to travel long distances. In such circumstances, work accidents can occur in a variety of locations and settings. For one Maryland public employee injured on a highway on his way home from a job, the question of whether his injury is covered under Maryland workers' compensation law is open for question.

A Maryland State Trooper and five-year veteran on the job is in critical condition after his vehicle hit a tree on I-70 at Route 32. The trooper was pulled from the vehicle and flown to Shock Trauma, where he is in serious condition.

The investigation so far has revealed that the trooper was in uniform and in a marked patrol car when his car swerved off the side of the roadway. A witness told investigators that another car cut off the trooper. Investigators believe that he was returning home after escorting an oversized load from Baltimore to Western Maryland.

Maryland law requires that before employees can receive workers' compensation benefits, they must have been accidentally injured while working on the job. The law requires that the injury arise "out of and in the course of employment," This means that the work that the employer required the employee to perform had been done so under conditions that caused the employee's injury.

If a claim is covered, the employer or the employer's insurance company must provide certain benefits, such as medical treatment and partial wages, until the employee can go back to work or until the employee reaches maximum medical improvement. Maximum medical improvement means that the individual will make no further medical improvements.

Employees who have been injured on the job can benefit from speaking with an experienced workers' compensation attorney who can help them determine whether or not state law covers their claims.

Source: ABC 2, "Trooper in critical condition following I-70 crash," Michael Quander, Jan. 16, 2013.

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