In North Carolina, workers' compensation is available to any covered worker who is injured on-the-job regardless of who is at fault for the accident. Any injury within the purview of employment makes the worker eligible to file a workers' compensation claim.
Two workers were injured on the job last week when a generator exploded at a gas pipeline construction site in Gaston County, North Carolina. The early morning explosion was reportedly the result of propane vapors that leaked into a trailer on the site. When the generator was turned on, it caused a flash explosion.
Employers and employees in North Carolina may be interested in the results of a recently released national study. The study was conducted by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and it suggests that many common workplace injuries, such as back injuries, foot and knee injuries and neck injuries, are often related to fatigue.
Those that have been injured on the job in North Carolina, or are suffering an illness that has left them unable to work, may qualify for workers' compensation. In North Carolina, workers' compensation is a type of insurance that is designed to protect both the worker and employer in case the employee sustains an injury or develops an illness in the workplace.
Fortunately, very few workers are killed on the job in NC every year.
The Arkansas Court of Appeals recently allowed Facebook photos of a man partying and drinking to be used against him in a workers' compensation hearing. The man had claimed to have constant severe pain from his injury, and the court ruled that the photos he (or one of his friends) had posted on Facebook of him having a big 'ol time were admissible in court to show that he really was not in so much pain after all.
Worker's compensation laws vary from state to state, and there are also federal laws that protect federal employees as well as workers in some industries that cross state lines. In North Carolina, the state Workers' Compensation Act protects the rights of workers who become injured while on the job. In general, employees within the jurisdiction of state workers' compensation laws who experience workplace accidents, injuries or occupational diseases can receive leave, monetary compensation and medical benefits.