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Workers' compensation benefits can cover workplace illness costs

When North Carolina residents go to work, they expect their employers have created a work environment devoid of most occupational hazards and that there will be limited exposure to toxic material. However, this is not always the case and North Carolina employees often become susceptible to workplace illnesses, as discussed in the post on this blog last week. When this happens, they want someone who not only understands what they are going through but also helps them receive the compensation and benefits they deserve.

Lawyers at our firm do just that-help workplace illness victims obtain the benefits to which they are entitled. When someone is injured on the job, within the scope of their employment, they have the right to file a workers' compensation claim with their employer. Workers' compensation covers both medical benefits and even replaces lost wages due to the injury. This way, victims can concentrate on their recovery, rehabilitation and the pain rather than focus on who will cover their medical bills and if their lost wages will be replaced.

North Carolina employees don't need to worry about whose fault the work accident was-fault does not play a role in workers' compensation benefits. Last week workplace injuries and illnesses in a hospital were discussed, and an example of injuries covered by workers' compensation is when someone bends over to pick something up and strains or ruptures a disc in their back in the process.

Lawyers at our firm can help injured victims receive the compensation to which they have the right. A claim must typically be filed within 30 days of the work accident taking place, therefore accident victims should ideally begin preparing their claim as soon as possible. For more information, visit our website.

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