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Maryland Police Receive $1.7 Million in Workers’ Compensation
According to reports from The Baltimore Sun and the International Business Times, Baltimore City’s bout of April unrest has led to police officers and other staffers involved to file workers’ compensation claims for a wide range of injuries. Nearly 170 workers’ comp claims in total were filed after the protests and rioting that occured a few months ago led to police officers sustaining on-the-job injuries. Read on to learn more about this important news for workers’ compensation in Maryland.
The protests and riots that occured in April were in response to the death of Freddie Gray, a young man who died while in police custody. While many protestors kept their demonstrations peaceful, there were others who became involved in rioting and, subsequently, had confrontations with police officers. The workers’ compensation claims that the Maryland police officers have filed are reportedly largely due to injuries they sustained during these altercations or due to falling on the job. Officials representing the Baltimore City Police Department reported that 113 individual police officers sustained some type of injury during this period of unrest and that some of these officers have not yet been capable of returning to work due to these injuries.
How Is Baltimore City Compensating Its Police Officers?
To provide proper compensation to injured police officers, Baltimore City will be paying an estimated $1.7 million in workers’ compensation; the money will come from the city’s “rainy day fund.” The city will also be pursuing a reimbursement for a large percentage- up to 75 percent- of the total costs associated with the rioting from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim
If you yourself work a dangerous or risky job and have suffered an on-the-job injury as a result, you need to seek the aid of a qualified attorney so that you can pursue your workers’ compensation claim with the highest chance of success.
Jenkins Block and Associates has four offices across Maryland and Virginia with trained legal professionals ready to assist you. Please CALL US at 1-800-243-2439 to be directed to the closest Jenkins Block & Associates location to you.