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Maryland municipality adopts death benefits resolution

While 2011's House Bill 417 aimed to boost workers' compensation death benefits for the residents of Maryland, some very important professionals were left out: paramedics, police officers and firefighters. However, one Maryland municipality has taken steps to rectify this loophole.

The town council for La Plata, Maryland, adopted a resolution that would allow their municipal paramedics, police officers, firefighters and other public safety workers to seek death benefits. While these workers may have initially been excluded from the house bill, the bill did provide municipalities the option to provide death benefits to workers who lose their lives while on the job with coverage by adopting a resolution. La Plata was one of the first municipalities in the state to take such steps.

Death benefits can be extremely important to Maryland families who lose a loved one in a workplace accident. Public safety workers such as police and firefighters are put into dangerous situations every day, all while protecting and serving their communities. It only makes sense, then, that they receive the full, fair and appropriate types of workers' compensation benefits. The costs that follow the death of a worker can quickly add up, adding to a family's pain.

Filing a workers' compensation claim after the death of a worker can sometimes be challenging. However, it can provide a way for the victim's survivors to seek the monetary resources they need to pay for the many expenses that follow the death of a loved one in a work accident. This is especially important if the deceased was the family breadwinner. Losing a loved one in a work accident may be the hardest thing a family ever has to suffer. By seeking death benefits, however, they may at least have the financial resources they need to begin the healing process.

Source: SoMdNews, "Town rectifies legal oversight, provides death benefits for cops," Rebecca J. Barnabi, April 18, 2014

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