Chapter 17: Maryland Workers’ Compensation for Correctional Officers

Correctional officers are also entitled to a presumption of law related to certain health conditions, and as of October 1, 2018, are now considered “Public Safety” pursuant to Maryland’s Workers’ Compensation benefits.  This provides the enhanced benefits previously only provided to police officers, firefighters and EMTs.

Limited Presumption for Heart Disease and Hypertension

Correctional officers have a limited presumption of law for heart disease and hypertension (high blood pressure). The correctional officer must be employed by Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, or Prince George’s County to qualify for the presumption of an occupational illness.

In addition, a correctional officer in one of these counties is only presumed to have an occupational illness for heart disease or hypertension if they meet all the following criteria:

  • The correctional officer is diagnosed with heart disease or hypertension;
  • The condition causes a partial or total disability;
  • The condition is more severe now than it was before the individual became employed with the department or agency; and,
  • The officer submitted to a medical examination as a condition of his or her employment to determine the extent of the heart disease or hypertension before employment.

Only if all four of the above criteria are met will the Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) allow the presumption of an occupational disease for high blood pressure or heart disease.

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Even though you may meet all four criteria, a presumption of law is not a guarantee that you will receive workers’ compensation benefits. It simply places the burden of proving that your heart disease or high blood pressure is not an occupational illness on the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. You may still face an uphill battle to receive workers’ comp benefits if you are unable to work because of your health condition.

An experienced Pinder Plotkin workers’ compensation attorney can help you file your claim and fight for the workers’ comp benefits you deserve. Call 410-525-5337 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team.

Check out more information in these relevant blog posts: 

Chapter 16 – Maryland Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Firefighters and EMTs

Chapter 15 – Maryland Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Police Officers

Chapter 14 – What is Third-Party Liability in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Chapter 13 – Award of Compensation

Chapter 12 – What is the Subsequent Injury Fund

Chapter 11 – Workers’ Comp Claims with Uninsured Employers

Chapter 10 – When Is Vocational Rehabilitation Approved in a Workers’ Comp Case

Chapter 9 – What is a Functional Capacity Exam

Chapter 8 – What is Considered an Occupational Disease to Qualify for Worker’s Comp Benefits in Maryland

Chapter 7 – What is Meant by Accidental Injury for a Workers’ Comp Claim

Chapter 6 – How Are Medical Providers Paid for Workers’ Comp Claims in Maryland

Chapter 5 – How Do I Get Paid for My Workers’ Compensation Claim

Chapter 4 – Your Right to Medical Treatment After a Workplace Injury

Chapter 3 – How Do I Report an Injury at Work?

Chapter 2 – Who is Covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance in Maryland? 

Chapter 1 – What is Workers’ Comp?

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