Maryland Bar Bulletin
Publications : Bar Bulletin : October 2013


For more information about the new Workers’ Compensation Manual, 16th Edition, or to purchase any of MSBA’s CLE publications, visit , or call the MSBA CLE Department at (410) 685-7878

More than 30 years after its initial publication, MSBA’s Workers’ Compensation Manual is now available in a brand-new 16th Edition.

The authoritative resource for workers’ compensation attorneys throughout Maryland, the 16th Edition reflects pertinent developments to this substantive field through September 2013. Germane topics include the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act; the Maryland Subsequent Injury Fund; and the Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, as well as information related to practice and procedure before the Workers’ Compensation Commission and Maryland’s appellate courts.

Half of the Manual’s six co-authors – Theodore B. Cornblatt, H. George Meredith, Jr., and Bernard J. Sevel – have contributed their extensive knowledge of the workers’ compensation field since the book’s first publication in 1977, while the other three co-authors – Robert C. Erlandson, David E. Fink, and Richard T. LaFata – return after first coming on board for the Manual’s 15th Edition, published in 2011.

Cornblatt – who also authored the expanded workers’ compensation chapter in the recently published 2013 Supplement to Maryland Civil Pattern Jury Instructions, 4th Edition – notes that between rapid changes in workers’ compensation laws, rates, and relevant appellate decisions, publishing an update every 18 to 24 months is vital.

Indeed, in addition to the co-authors lending their own custom practice forms, the book also offers a comprehensive list of the latest official forms, statutes, regulations, and notices, as well as custom tables of compensation rates.MSBA CLE Publications Director Joanne Daniels calls the Workers’ Compensation Manual a “popular and steady seller,” in fact rounding out MSBA’s top 10-selling CLE publications.

“The Manual is considered the ‘go to’ publication for Maryland workers’ compensation issues, and is sought after by most of the Circuit Court libraries, many Insurance/Property & Casualty organizations, and many out-of-state attorneys,” says Daniels. Moreover, as the definitive guide used by the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Manual “will help you give your client the best representation before the Commission.”

In addition to the more than 400-page soft-cover Manual, the CLE Department also offers a CD (compatible with either Microsoft Word or WordPerfect) of workers’ compensation-related forms, including sample agreements, petitions, instructions, and letters. The disc also provides links to sundry electronic resources.

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