Articles Posted in Workers’ Compensation

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Accidents are inevitable. They can happen anywhere. But what if you have an accident at work? This is where workers’ compensation can cover your injuries, helping you pay for medical expenses, and getting back on the road to recovery. Although most employees already know about workers’ compensation coverage, only a handful know the hard facts about it, such as how much money you can receive, qualification requirements, etc. And this is precisely what our seasoned workers’ compensation lawyer in North Carolina will guide you on in today’s post. Read on to learn about the things that not many employees know but should know about workers’ compensation and employee rights.

Workers’ Compensation—How does it Work?

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The world of work in the United States, indeed the world, has been rocked by the emergence of COVID-19. Businesses shut down; employees let go, working reduced hours, or working remotely. For those who have still worked as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic arose, comes the added specter of contracting the Coronavirus from exposure at work.

Workers in the health care field – especially the medics, emergency room doctors, nurses, CNAs, cleaning staff, and others – face a high risk of contracting the very same illness that literally shut down entire countries and industries. Frontline healthcare workers have become seriously ill, and tragically some have died.

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Have you been injured at work? Have those injuries led to prolonged recovery time and affected your ability to work, thereby resulting in wage loss or permanent physical impairment? If you’ve answered yes, then

by the workers’ compensation law, you are eligible for disability benefits in North Carolina. Read on to understand what these benefits are and when they are paid.

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Construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs. It is inherently hazardous with a higher risk of injury than other industries. Research shows that nearly 80,000 construction workers annually suffer from work-related injuries which are severe enough to make them miss work. Since the risk of injury is high for the construction industry, the contractor must provide construction workers with a safe work environment.

In addition to this, workers should be provided with proper safety gear and equipment to lower the risk of accidents. In most cases, construction injuries are covered under workers’ compensation laws. But sometimes, an injured construction worker may have to file a personal injury lawsuit to get compensated.

COVID-19
Coronavirus, also known as, COVID-19, is a novel respiratory pandemic that is infecting people around the world. As there is no vaccine as yet for Coronavirus, it thus is extremely dangerous. The best way so far as determined by the World Health Organization is to take precautions such as stay at home, social distance, and hand wash frequently. Where many people are taking these precautionary measures seriously, for the working class staying at home is perhaps not a practical option. This applies especially for those who can’t bring work to their homes and thus must go to work.

The number of COVID-19 infected people and deaths has truly crippled the country’s economy, including the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. The increase in the death toll due to Coronavirus daily has raised concerns among workers across industries and left them in confusion, and South Carolina is no different. According to the latest statistics, the confirmed cases for COVID-19 in South Carolina totaled 5,253. However, the COVID-19 related death toll in the state so far is 166. The highest numbers of new cases that have been reported recently in South Carolina include the following counties:

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Every day, workers across the Carolinas are mistreated at work. The employers of these mistreated workers may have policies in place which encourage them to file complaints with their supervisors or the Human Resources Department, to report the mistreatment. Unfortunately, many of the mistreated employees will file complaints that leave out critical details and this failure can prove fatal to any discrimination charge or lawsuit the mistreated employee may file against their employer in the future.

When you complain, be as detailed as possible and don’t be shy about including specifics about profanity or sexual remarks. If someone calls you a “shithead”, don’t tell your boss somebody cursed at you. Report the use of the word “shithead”. If a male coworker remarks: “Sally you have huge jugs or a great ass”; then Sally needs to tell her boss or Human Resources exactly what was said; she needs to specifically report the use of the words “jugs” and “great ass”. Sally can’t be shy or timid and simply tell her boss someone made comments about her body. Identifying the precise words used helps the employer fully understand the nature of the problem and prevents the employer from later claiming it didn’t appreciate how bad things were.

If you sustain an injury at work, you may not know what to do. Most employers have to provide workers compensation. But the entire process can be overwhelming and confusing. Take the steps in this post to and it will help you get the best possible outcome.

Immediately Tell Your Employer

Being injured while on the job can be devastating both physically and emotionally. After you seek medical attention and notify your employer, it’s important to also remember that you need to take the correct steps when filing your workers’ compensation claim. While this can be a very overwhelming time for you, you don’t have to go through it alone. Our workers’ compensation attorneys are here to make sure you know just what to do.

Following these steps when filling out your workers’ compensation claim is essential in making sure you receive the maximum amount of financial compensation for your injuries.

If you’ve been injured on the job, you’ll want to file a workers’ compensation claim in order to get the care and treatment you’re entitled to. However, insurance companies and employers don’t want to pay for claims they don’t have to, so the burden may fall on you to prove that you’ve suffered the severe injuries you’re claiming. That means you’ll need evidence, and there are certain types of evidence that are particularly effective when it comes to supporting your claim and getting you the result you’re looking for.

Here are four important types of evidence to have when filing your workers’ compensation claim.

According to a review of more than 1.5 million workers’ compensation claims, strains and sprains are the most commonly reported types of work related injuries.  The Injury Impact Report, is a review of workers’ comp claims that were filed between 2010 and 2014 by businesses from various industries. The data revealed the following top 5 injuries:

  • Strains & Sprains
  • Cuts or Punctures
  • Contusions
  • Inflammation
  • Fractures

When it comes to small businesses, cuts and punctures occur more frequently than strains or sprains. In the construction and manufacturing industries, eye injuries are among the most commonly reported injuries. Amputations, dislocations, electric shock, crushing and multiple trauma injuries, have the highest incurred costs. However, these types of severe injuries happen less frequently than the injuries we have previously discussed.

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