Feb 03, 2000 |
Medical Care and Lost Wages for Bus Driver with Occupational Disease
Benjamin Boscolo successfully argued to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals that a bus operator developed arthritis in his knees as a result of 27 years of bending and straightening his knees while driving for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). WMATA argued the arthritis was a product of the driver’s weight and age, but the evidence established the bus operator’s job required him to bend and straighten his knees more than 23,500 times during his career. As a result, the jury found that the arthritis was an occupational disease for bus operators. This verdict will require WMATA to cover three knee surgeries and the time the driver lost from work while recuperating.