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Risks may cause North Carolina workers to be injured at work

There are many risks North Carolina workers could face while on the job. All occupations pose some hazards that could potentially lead to workers being injured. From carpal tunnel syndrome to machine-related injuries, individuals could be left needing medical attention and facing time away from work in order to recover. If individuals are injured at work, they may be entitled to workers' compensation. 

Even if workers feel that they are at a low risk for being hurt on the job, there is still potential for strains and sprains from overexertion. Overexertion is the most common injury that workers face and can come about from using too much physical effort when carrying out duties. There are ways to lessen the likelihood of such an injury, such as doing team lifts and stopping the activity if pain is felt. 

More serious injuries may also be a risk for individuals, especially those who work with machines or at various heights. Falling from a high level can be detrimental to workers and may lead to broken bones, head injuries and other serious trauma. Similar injuries could also result if individuals are hit by equipment or are negatively affected by machinery. 

Those who are injured at work may be able to qualify for workers' compensation. Once the accident is reported to supervisors, individuals may wish to ensure that they keep their own record of the incident. This information may come in handy when it comes to determining whether workers' compensation may be awarded. If North Carolina residents have been injured on the job, they may wish to consult with an experienced attorney on how to potentially obtain workers' comp benefits.

Source: The Huffington Post, "How to Avoid Workplace Injuries", Stephanie R. Caudle, May 9, 2016

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