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Workers' Compensation

Maryland: Degenerative Knee Condition is Compensable as Occupational Disease

A divided Maryland appellate court held sufficient evidence existed to support a finding that a paramedic/firefighter had, over time, developed meniscal tears in his right knee and that he, therefore, qualified for benefits for an occupational disease under the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act. Quoting Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, agreed that the nature of the claimant’s work included repetitive bending and kneeling. The Court agreed that in one sense the claimant’s meniscal tears were “an ordinary disease of life,” but the court said that did not preclude recovery where the particular conditions of the employment actually caused the condition. The claimant need not show that his or her condition was “unique” to the employment..

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter, is co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law (LexisNexis).

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See Baltimore County v. Quinlan, 2019 Md. LEXIS 439 (August 26, 2019)

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 52.03.

Source: Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the nation’s leading authority on workers’ compensation law

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