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.
While no one in North Carolina expects to be injured at work, it can happen to just about anyone. The following is for general purposes only and not legal advice. In general, it is important to know what steps you should take if you are hurt on the job.
People in North Carolina who might have faced exposure to toxic material at work may wonder whether or not they are beginning to show signs of various diseases such as mesothelioma. The symptoms of lung disease can be confusing at first, but it's important to understand these symptoms.
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.
There is likely no human alive today who can boast of never having been sick. Some illnesses, such as the common cold, take people out of the workplace for a day or two at the most. Other illnesses, however, can leave a person unable to work for weeks, if not months, which can force him or her to rely on the Family and Medical Leave Act. But what happens when the illness was caused by something the worker was exposed to while on the job and what happens if the illness lasts years or is permanent in nature?
At any given time there are more than 150 major road work zones across North Carolina, according to state transportation officials. These work zones are not only on major highways but also on secondary roads and North Carolina routes. When drivers approach a work zone, it is imperative that they slow down and pay close attention to the road to ensure construction workers' safety. When they fail to do so, tragic construction workers' accidents can take place.
Accidents can happen at any kind of workplace, but, as North Carolina construction workers know all too well, some workplaces are more dangerous than others. Working on scaffolding high off the ground, handling heavy equipment or just walking through unfinished buildings can mean that one slip can lead to serious injury.
If you are hurt on the job, or have contracted an occupational disease, you should be aware that you only have 30 days to report the accident in writing to your employer-this means either 30 days from the accident or, in the case of occupational diseases as discussed in the last post on the Workers' Compensation blog, 30 days from the first manifestation of an ongoing condition. Not many North Carolina residents may be aware of this requirement, which is why seeking the help of experienced counsel at our law firm may be in their best interests.
Many North Carolina residents would agree that children belong in fields playing, not in tobacco fields working as farmers. However, there are a number of children, often under the age of 16, working 12-hour shifts on tobacco fields. This work leaves them exposed to toxic materials and at risk of developing serious workplace diseases.
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.