Putting a price on body parts: How does Maryland compare?

If you should become injured in a workplace accident, there are resources that can help you through the recovery process. People who lose a limb, eye or another body part as a result of a work accident, however, may need additional compensation and resources in order to regain control of their lives. Surprisingly enough, the amount of workers’ compensation assistance you receive after losing a limb is dependent upon which state you lose it in. Statistics show that if you are living in Maryland when you lose a body part, you may receive more compensation than you would if you lived in another part of the county.

Workers’ compensation given for a lost body part is designed to help cover medical expenses, as well as provide support for lost wages that you will face because of the missing limb. There is a wide range of variance among states when it comes to losing an arm or a leg, and in some cases, Maryland rates higher than the national average in compensation, according to Propublica. For example, the national average payout for people who have lost an arm is $169,878, while people who lose an arm in Maryland may receive up to $301,600.

Similarly, workers who lose a foot in the state are able to receive up to $251,802, even though the national average is $91,779. People who lose an eye in other states may be entitled to $96,700 on average, while Maryland workers may receive up to $251,802. These variances are the result of each state’s ability to create its own schedule of benefits. Although it may seem logical for the price paid for body parts to be universal across the country, people who are injured in certain states will continue to receive less help than those who lose body parts in other states.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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