For workers in North Carolina, certain jobs make it necessary to perform the same movements over and over again. This can lead to various physical maladies that can render them unable to work or make work painful and difficult. These are known as repetitive stress injuries and they can justify a worker applying for workers' compensation benefits. It is imperative for an injured worker to understand the objective facts about these injuries before moving forward with a filing.
When an employee in North Carolina is injured or made ill on the job, they may seek workers' compensation benefits to help them out financially while they recover. However, employees may wonder whether their employer must have workers' compensation insurance in place, and what may happen to their employer if they don't.
Workers' compensation is provided for through both federal and state programs and may be able to help workers who are injured or ill in a variety of ways. Family members may also be able to receive help from workers' compensation programs. In general, workers' compensation is a disability compensation program for workers. While Workers' Compensation is a federal program, states also have workers' compensation programs for non-federal workers who work for private employers. In general, workers who have been injured on the job, or who have suffered an occupational disease, can recover disability compensation through benefits that fall into different categories.
North Carolina workers may be aware that they can file for workers' compensation, if they get hurt on the job, and they may receive workers' compensation benefits in lieu of their injury. However, they may not be fully aware of what is covered by these benefits.
After going over the blog posted on the Charlotte NC Workers' Comp Law Blog last week regarding the rejection of workers' compensation benefits to injured state workers because their injuries were not sustained during the course of their employment, North Carolina workers may be worried about what injuries do come under the scope of workers' comp. The simple answer is that any injury that is in connected to an employment condition or requirement is covered by workers' compensation.
When a North Carolina worker is injured on the job, they may be able to collect workers' compensation benefits while they are recovering from their injury. The workers' compensation system is one through which injured employees can claim benefits without having to go to court against their employers. It protects workers and serves as their safety net when they are hurt on the job.
North Carolina residents may think the worst of the storms are over, as winter is now finally giving way to spring. However, the most dangerous weather in North Carolina often begins at this time, as tornadoes, flash flooding and severe thunderstorms are just coming to the mountains now. Different parts of North Carolina are going to face different weather challenges, with the west threatened more by thunderstorms than by tornadoes.
A North Carolina electrical lineman is being recognized for his dedication while restoring power during one of the recent winter storms in the region. The lineman was working with his crew to restore power in South Carolina when a vehicle slammed into another vehicle near the site where the lineman was working. The car grazed the left side of the lineman and it was later discovered that it had broken his knee cap. The lineman was back at the job site the following day. He is now at home and recovering under a doctor's care.
The workers' compensation system exists to protect workers in case they suffer injuries on the job. A successful claim grants the injured worker workers' compensation benefits that can be utilized to cover medical treatment for the injury and also replace lost wages. However, it is possible that the very workers' compensation system that is supposed to protect workers may be harming them.
Many positive steps have been taken in improving worker safety for workers across the country. However, North Carolina residents earning below the median wage of $11.19 an hour know a different reality -- their lower wage makes them more vulnerable to financial problems after a workplace injury.