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North Carolina workers injured on the job after lightning strike

Working in the construction industry often poses certain risks for employees. Many of these risks can be anticipated, and safety measures may be put in place to prevent worker from being injured on the job. However, there are some circumstances that may not necessarily have been foreseen that could lead to worker injuries, and in such cases, injured workers may be left looking for answers.

Two workers in North Carolina may be hoping to find out information on workers' compensation after being injured while on the job. Reports stated that the two individuals were working on a residence when they were apparently struck by lightning. At the time of the lightning strike, the two workers were on an aluminum ladder. It was unclear if the workers were attempting to perform duties in inclement weather or what other factors may have contributed. 

Injured truckers misclassified as independent contractors

Work-related injuries are very common among truck drivers, including back injuries and shoulder injuries. Typically, when a worker is injured on the job, workers' compensation will help cover medical expenses relating to the injury as well as income that is lost because of the injury.

However, all too often, truck drivers are cheated out of the workers' comp benefits that they deserved by being called "independent contractors" instead of employees. Under state law, employers are only required to provide benefits like workers' compensation and unemployment to employees and not independent contractors.

North Carolina workers still concerned with workplace injuries

Many North Carolina residents may have recognized the anniversary of a serious event that took place in the state 25 years ago this month. A fire occurred at a poultry processing plant that led to the deaths of 25 workers and injuries to 55 others. Though this event took place more than two decades ago, many individuals are still concerned over safety violations that could lead to workplace injuries today.

A recent report stated that numerous violations contributed to the plant fire and subsequent deaths and injuries. The fire itself occurred after a hydraulic line that violated OSHA standards burst over open flames and cooking oil. The workers were then trapped inside due to the fire exits being locked. Bodies were located near the doors and inside a freezer where workers had tried to find shelter from the flames. 

Being injured on the job may affect North Carolina workers

When there are safety issues in a work environment, the chances of workers being injured may increase. If an individual is injured on the job, there may be many repercussions with which he or she will have to deal. Some of those predicaments may pertain to recovery from the injuries, and others may relate to financial struggles resulting from the incident.

North Carolina residents may be interested in a workplace accident that took place in another state. Recent reports stated that the accident occurred earlier this year and left one man seriously injured. The man had been working at a recycling plant for only two weeks when he suffered the injuries. The man claimed that the work environment was unsafe and that there were not enough workers to complete the task on which he was working.

North Carolina man dies after being injured at work

A recent work accident in North Carolina led to an individual's death. Reports stated that the 24-year-old man was injured at work as he was performing duties on a roof. The man was employed by a construction company and had been on the roof in order to install felt. However, while working, he lost his balance.

Reports stated that the man attempted to jump from the roof after losing his balance, but his foot became caught in a gutter. As a result, he fell over 20 feet onto a concrete sidewalk. The head-first fall resulted in his suffering fractures to his skull, pelvis and one of his wrists. Emergency crews were called to the scene, and the victim was flown to an area hospital. Unfortunately, he later succumbed to the injuries he suffered. 

Truck drivers as independent contractors - am I covered by workers' comp?

Many truck drivers are considered independent contractors and file a 1099 form for IRS tax purposes - meaning they are not considered employees of the company in which they perform work for. So what happens when they are injured on the job? Are they covered by the employer's workers' comp insurance? Surprisingly, if you find yourself in this situation, you may in fact be covered by the employer's workers' comp, even though you are not officially an employee of the company.

According to the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act, if you file a 1099, it does not mean you would be considered an independent contractor under the law. If your employer exercises the "right to control" by governing the way that you do your job, you may be considered an employee of the company under this act.

Fatal workplace injuries may impact North Carolina families

Families who lose loved ones in accidents can face a multitude of financial troubles in the aftermath of such incidents. Workplace accidents are, unfortunately, a common occurrence, and the workplace injuries suffered could potentially prove fatal. As a result, a family could be left without a much needed income, and they may wish to find out whether they could qualify for workers' compensation.

North Carolina residents may be interested in such an accident that claimed the life of a worker in another state. Reports indicated that the man worked for the state's Department of Transportation and was operating a riding mower when the accident occurred. While on the mower, the man was wearing a seat belt but the protective roll bar was put down. As a result, the man became trapped under the mower when it overturned.

Truck drivers face great risk of injury

Trucking is tough and truck drivers face a number of occupational hazards. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nearly half a million large truck accidents occur each year, and many of these crashes result in fatalities on the road. Though non-truck vehicle occupants constitute the majority of fatalities, about a quarter of those killed in large truck crashes are truckers themselves.

Crash-Linked Injuries

In some instances, truckers who survive crashes may get lucky and remain free from major injuries; however, this is often not the case. Common crash-related injuries include the following:

Insurance adjusters can wait. Get the legal counsel you need.

If you are injured on the job you need to notify your employer, who will, in turn, notify it's insurance company. When your employer's insurance company contacts you for a statement, your first instinct will be to cooperate and answer all of the claims adjuster's questions. This response is natural enough: insurance is there to make up for damages a worker has suffered, right?

Well, not exactly. Unfortunately for workers, insurance adjusters often make it difficult for injured employees to get the workers' compensation they need and deserve following an accident. An on-the-job injury can dramatically alter your personal and working life, and cause serious physical and emotional suffering, both short- and long-term. While talking with an insurance adjuster might seem like a strong first step, unfortunately this is not the case.

Fatal construction accident takes place in North Carolina

When working on construction sites, it is up to employers to ensure that appropriate safety measures are in place. If there is a lapse in standards, workers could be at risk of falling, being injured by machinery or suffering numerous other potentially injury-causing scenarios. If an individual is injured or killed in a construction accident, taking the proper steps in efforts to gain workers' compensation may be in their and/or their families' best interests. 

The family of a North Carolina worker may be hoping to gain more information on workers' comp benefits after a recent accident. Reports stated that a 49-year-old man was working as part of a construction crew at a residence when the man fell from the roof. It was unclear what may have caused the incident, but at the time of the report, authorities believed it to be an accident.

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