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.
Workers injured on the job may not have to bear the stress and cost of medical expenses, and other expenses related to injuries suffered on the job, without assistance. An injured worker may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. Workplace injuries can be serious for an injured worker and can lead to permanent injury or permanent disability.
Medical expenses related to a workplace injury can mount which is why medical care costs, replacement income, costs for retraining and compensation for permanent injuries may all be recovered through a workers’ compensation claim. State law requires that worker’s compensation benefits be paid to an injured worker who was injured on the job.
If an injured worker is contemplating making a workers’ compensation claim for benefits, or has received a denied claim, it is important that injured workers fully understand the workers’ compensation system and the rights of workers related to the same. Trained workers’ compensation attorneys can help guide an injured worker through the process so that the worker can focus on a complete recovery.
Source: Live5News, “Electric Co-op linemen recognized after brush with death,” Philip Weiss, Feb. 19, 2014