According to nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, between 2008 and 2010, construction injuries and deaths cost the state more than $700 million. In a report, the group suggests that by awarding construction contracts to companies with stronger safety records, the amount paid out and the number of injuries sustained can be decreased. At this time, Maryland does have a screening process for contractors (on past performance, for example) but there is no process in which the past health and safety records are reviewed.
According to the Washington Post, a Maryland child will receive over two million dollars in compensation from the State of Maryland after a Circuit Court jury in Prince George's County found in favor of her wrongful death lawsuit. The family of the young girl sued the state after the plaintiff's mother was struck by a passing car while walking down Pennsylvania Avenue.