The Subsequent Injury Fund Board provides workers' compensation benefits to disabled workers who experience the combined effects of pre-existing disabilities and accidental work-related injuries.
To carry out its purposes, the Board supervises the Subsequent Injury Fund. The Fund compensates workers whose pre-existing health conditions, when combined with an accidental workplace injury, increases their disability and hinders their ability to work. While Workers' Compensation claims cover damages caused by a current injury, the Fund assumes liability for the combined effects of all injuries and conditions. By limiting the liability of employers and their insurers to damages from recent injuries, the Fund encourages the employment of disabled workers.
The Fund is financed through an assessment of 6.5 percent on awards against employers or insurers for permanent disability or death, and on amounts paid under settlement agreements (Code Labor & Employment Article, sec. 9-806).
Three members constitute the Subsequent Injury Fund Board. They are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor with Senate advice and consent. The Board names the Director (Code Labor & Employment Article, secs. 10-201 through 10-219).
Since October 1, 2017, the Subsequent Injury Fund Board has had a program for the continual, economical and efficient management of its records. The Board's Records Officer develops and oversees the program, and serves as liaison to the Records Management Division of the Department of General Services, and to the State Archives (Chapter 539, Acts of 2017; Code State Government Article, secs. 10-608 through 10-611).
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