Perhaps it's due to Maryland's long Atlantic coastline that many people forget that we also have many other important resources. In fact, our timber industry provides some of the finest wood and lumber products in the world. That's largely because of the diversity among Maryland's forests. Maryland's Eastern Shore is home to pine flats and swamps full of cedar and cypress trees. Out towards the Piedmont and mountain ranges, one can find vast forests full of oak and hickory trees.
The "Bay State" is also one of the most productive timber regions in North America. It's estimated that the overall size of Maryland's forests cover roughly 2.6 million acres of land. As much as 80 percent of that is privately owned. However, a good portion of both private and public beyond Maryland forests goes to providing lumber products through the state's sizable timber industry.
It's amazing when you consider the industrial scale of one of Maryland's most important renewable industries. Timber is believed to feed the state's economy to the tune of over $2.6 billion. There are also approximately 15,600 people employed throughout the state harvesting, processing and transporting timber.
It's safe to say that many of the employees who work in Maryland's forested regions and timber industry occasionally experience workplace accidents. The good news is that Maryland's workers' compensation laws force employers to maintain insurance just for those situations. That means that you may be entitled to receive worker's compensation regardless of whether you were injured in a sawmill accident or while hauling trees on a logging truck.
It's important for you to know that despite your injuries, you may not always get the level of medical care you think you deserve. That's where an attorney with experience in Maryland's workers' compensation laws may be able to assist you. Your attorney can represent you during an appeal of your denied claim. Additionally, your attorney can also assist you with filing a civil lawsuit in cases where a third-party may have contributed to your injuries. If successful, you may be able to recover compensation related to the harm you suffered.