Baltimore City Teachers injured on the job- Workers Comp Attorney

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Baltimore City teachers are injured on the job more often than most educators in the State

Surprising to many, the risk of being injured on the job can be higher for those in the education field.  A Baltimore Sun article from February 2014 notes higher rates of injury among Baltimore City school staff when compared to the employees of any other city agency except the Police Department.  At first glance the shocking $49 million dollar  workers compensation expense to Baltimore City is quite surprising however further thought and investigation can provide some explanation.

As the article points out the bill does include the insurance premiums, payment to the insurance third party administrator, investigation expenses, and fees to the insurance defense team.  What is left can be attributed to payments to the Maryland injured worker for lost wages and medical expenses.

How are Baltimore City Teachers injured on the job?

First, consider the atmosphere to which teachers are exposed on a regular basis.  As the bells ring between classes the halls become flooded with students, students that are eager to get to the next classroom on the other end of the building or students anxious to get home after a long day of learning.  Think back to high school when the halls were filled with students, often pushing  when confronted with a shoulder to shoulder scenario.  It is not hard to imagine a teacher losing  balance and falling on the very hard hallway floors and injuring their back.  Also, consider the chances of an occasional fight breaking out in the cluttered hallways between students- perhaps high school students who are often much larger and stronger than their educators.  Teachers may feel obligated or be required to intervene in the event of an altercation.

The occupation itself can be high risk and perhaps down right dangerous in some schools.  Over the last decade we have seen an increase of school violence and as this violence rate increases the risk of work injuries increase.  I do not suspect Baltimore City Schools are an exception to the increased rates of violence among the national education system.  Unlike statistics on severity of the violence, rates of violence do not seem to be specific to any particular age group which means that even Baltimore City elementary teachers are going to be susceptible to being injured on the job.  Consider a class of 30 students, these could be high school age, or elementary age, regardless there is one teacher in a room with 30 students and it is not unimaginable to consider one student in 30 having a behavior issue which will at some point lead them to act out in a manner which places the city teacher at risk of injury.

Other injuries Baltimore City School teachers may sustain

Further considering should be directed towards the job duties of teachers which is quite static most of the day.  They are required to stand for an extended period of time during the day which could reasonably lead to orthopedic conditions involving the back or knees.  When they are not standing they could be preparing exhibits or props which could lead to potential abrasions, burns, or cuts.  Also consider the task of having to decorate a classroom for a more effective learning environment.  Moving books around and hanging artwork or assignments could lead to any form of injury, possible provoked by a fall off of a ladder or a strain from picking up a stack of books.

The risk of being injured at work can vary widely among occupations however it is not always clear as to which occupations carry an apparent risk.  Teaching is certainly a prime example of a profession with risks of injury that are often overlooked.

Some examples of cases Mr. Rodabaugh has handled for injured teachers

While not all of these examples are injuries sustained by Baltimore City School teachers they are all injuries that a teacher sustained while working in Maryland.

  • Teacher was exiting the school descending the steps when he fell down a flight of about 10 steps.  Injuries did not include fractures however he did require extensive physical therapy as well as an injection to his elbow.  The case was taken to the Workers Compensation Commission on permanency and he was awarded more than $20,000 for permanent injury.
  • A teacher for special needs children was playing Basketball with his students when he felt a pop in his knee.  He was seen by an orthopedic surgeon and advised to follow up.  Workers Compensation denied any follow up treatment regarding his knee.  A week before the hearing workers comp offered $12,000 to settle.  The case was settled for over $20,000.
  • Teacher tripped when walking down a flight of steps and fractured his ankle.  He was placed in a case for 3 months and provided pain medication.  Mr. Rodabaugh attended two hearing with the injured worker the second one of which he was awarded over $8,000 for permanent damage to his ankle.


For further reading see where all the claims are filed
See Injuries on the job sustained by Behavior Specialists.


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