Criminal Law And Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Getting back to work after an injury

The federal government designed workers’ compensation to assist you after a work injury. However, injuries ranging from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to serious neck or back injuries could lead to temporary or permanent disabilities. This new reality could prevent you from returning to your original position.

What are you supposed to do then? Well, in cases like these, your workers' compensation benefits may include vocational rehabilitation.

Maryland company fined for Glen Burnie worker's death

Unsafe working conditions can have devastating consequences for victims. A recent state investigation into a fatal workplace accident determined that a Maryland company committed serious and willful violations that contributed to the death of a 20-year old contractor. The worker was making urgent repairs to a water line in a Baltimore city pool at the time of his death. The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency proposed that the company pay $275,000 in penalties for the trench collapse that resulted in the worker's death.

According to the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency, the company failed to properly train crews to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions and that they failed to adequately conduct daily inspections of the site. The state agency also found that workers did not have helmets, ladders or ramps to safely exit. There was also no protective system in place to protect from cave-ins and workers were working in accumulating water.

Penalties for drunk driving are serious in Maryland

This blog last discussed the details of drunk driving charges in Maryland and a look at the particulars of penalties associated with drunk driving charges may also be useful. When an individual has been charged with DUI or DWI in Maryland, it is important to understand criminal defense rights because of the serious nature of potential penalties and consequences the accused individual is facing.

Individuals accused of drunk driving can face potential penalties including jail time; fines; suspension or revocation of a driver's license; the requirement to enroll and complete an alcohol or drug substance abuse course; installation of an ignition interlock device on the accused individual's vehicle; probation; and a criminal record. DUI charges can carry both criminal and legal penalties and it is important to keep in mind that they can apply to driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs or other intoxicating substances.

Understanding the ins and outs of DUI laws in Maryland

Drunk driving charges can have a serious impact on accused individuals. It is helpful for those facing DUI/DWI charges to be familiar with the drunk driving laws in Maryland, including blood alcohol content level limits; the administrative penalties associated with drunk driving charges; and other considerations.

There are two different types of drunk driving charges in Maryland. The first, driving under the influence, is charged when the accused individual has a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 or above. Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is considered a less severe crime that is charged if the accused individual has a blood alcohol content level of .07 or below. There are legal technicalities and complexities associated with these designations and it is helpful for accused individuals to be aware of them.

Help with traffic charges

Serious criminal charges are not the only types of charges people may need help with. Traffic offenses can cause significant everyday problems for accused individuals, ranging from time away from work, associated costs, increased insurance costs, and potential driver's license problems as well.

Traffic offenses that may have a detrimental impact on the life of the accused individual can include traffic offenses for allegedly running a red light; driving without a valid driver's license; driving without a valid registration; driving without valid insurance; speeding charges; reckless driving charges; charges of distracted driving; or accusations of leaving the scene of an accident. All of these offenses can carry potentially serious penalties and consequences for those accused of them.

There's much to know about a DUI charge

Drunk driving charges are serious criminal charges that many people may not fully understand. During 2016, greater than 1 million drivers in the United States were arrested on driving under the influence charges which is why they are important criminal charges to understand.

In the United States it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher. In the state of Maryland, as in most other states, there are two categories of potential consequences and penalties associated with a drunk driving charges. Accused individuals can face both criminal penalties, including jail time and fines, and administrative consequences, including driver's license suspension. The chance of jail time increases with additional DUI charges.

New motor vehicle safety laws in October

Many Maryland citizens are unaware when laws of the state change and take effect unless it receives extensive media coverage. While the new bills that focus on gun control and sexual harassment prevention were frequently published and televised, there were a number of additions to laws revolving around vehicular safety.

Given how many citizens require criminal defense for motor vehicle accidents, it is crucial to be aware of these changes and how it could impact a potential conviction.

Steps to take following a workplace accident

It can be useful to know what to do following a workplace accident, the steps to take and how to access workers' compensation benefits. Injured workers may have many questions about what to do after a workplace accident.

Workers' compensation is a type of insurance coverage carried by employers to ensure workers are protected if they are injured on the job or suffer from a workplace illness. It is a no-fault system so, with some exceptions, workers will enjoy workers' compensation coverage regardless of the circumstances. Additionally, it is important to note that specific benefits can vary by state, so it is important to know what they are.

What do workers' compensation benefits cover?

When you have been injured on the job, workers' compensation benefits can provide some measure of financial security for you and your family during a time when you may feel like your life is being turned upside down. Workers' compensation benefits in Maryland can provide important protections to injured workers, and all workers should be familiar with them.

Workers' compensation benefits include benefits for injured workers who find themselves in a variety of different situations. One type of benefits that a worker may receive include temporary total disability benefits. These benefits are available to help the injured worker during the period that they are healing from the injury they suffered. Benefits for temporary partial disability may also be available, as well as permanent total disability and permanent partial disability.

Criminal defense strategies for drug charges

Having a strong defense strategy to fight drug charges is important for any accused individual who has been charged with a serious drug offense. Drug charges can result in serious penalties and consequences, including steep fines and incarceration, and should be taken seriously.

Criminal defense options range from attacking the evidence alleged against the accused individual to challenging the conduct of authorities when the circumstances warrant. Drug possession and drug trafficking charges are just some of the drug-related criminal charges an accused individual may face and each can potentially result in the loss of the accused individual's future and freedom.

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