Public Safety Employees and Maryland Compensation rates
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If you or a family member is injured on the job in Maryland and are a public safety employee you may have heard that you are entitled to a higher workers compensation rate. It is important that you understand what this Maryland Workers Compensation regulation means. In order to understand you should first determine if you qualify for the higher rate.
What is a public safety employee?
The Maryland Labor and Employment act Section 9-628 provides that a public safety employee is a firefighter, fire fighting instructor, paramedic, volunteer firefighter, volunteer ambulance, rescue or advanced life support worker, police officer, Prince Georges County deputy sheriff or correctional officer, or an Allegheny County Deputy sheriff, employed by a municipal corporation, county, state, state airport authority, or fire control district. In some instances a Howard County deputy sheriff will be considered a public safety employee.
You may have questions as to why only certain County deputy sheriffs’ are considered public safety while others seem not to be included. Explanation of this would require an extensive discussion of the legislative process and relevant workers compensation case law of Maryland. To better understand you should contact a qualified Maryland workers compensation attorney.
What is with the different rates of compensation?
There are a few different forms of compensation under Maryland work injury laws. The increased rate for public safety employees refers to permanent partial disability payments. There are also compensation payments called temporary total disability and vocational benefits.
Permanent partial disability payments are payments the injured worker receives if he or she continues to have problems or physical complaints after discharge from medical care. Under Maryland work comp laws their is a tier system applicable to these payments. The first tier is much lower than the second tier and typically second tier payments are awarded in more serious injury cases. Maryland legislature has provided that the injured Maryland public safety employee are entitled to payments at the second tier rate which in essence means the injured firefighter or police officer will be paid at a higher rate than the non public safety employee with the same injury. These men and women deserve the higher rate for putting their lives on the line day in and day out!
To see the tier system and how a Maryland workers compensation attorney may evaluate a public safety employee’s case for settlement see the evaluation page.
Year Tier 1/Tier 2/ Public Safety
2010 142/307/ 307 weekly
2011 157/314/ 314
2012 162/322/ 322
2013 166/330/ 330
2014 167/333/ 333
2015 168/335/ 335
2016 172/343/ 343