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Greensboro Workers' Compensation Law Blog

What is the importance of workers' compensation?

  • 09
  • June
    2017

Workers' compensation is supposed to be there for people who are injured on the job. It's a very important insurance that is required of most employers. Those who do not carry the state insurance may have their own private policies. If they have no policies, then the employer is in violation of the law.

Workers' compensation protects workers in almost every field. Whether you're working in an office or constructing a building, you deserve that extra safety net of knowing that you can be compensated if you're hurt on the job.

Lead poisoning: You can fight for compensation after exposure

  • 01
  • June
    2017

It is common knowledge that lead poisoning can lead to death. Exposure, which can happen in a number of ways, is extremely dangerous, even when it is over a short time. Inorganic lead is a blue-gray, heavy metal. It occurs naturally on the Earth, and you come across it often. It's used in lead-acid batteries, in fishing weights and in some ceramic glazes.

In 1977, lead was banned from being used in paints that would be used in public buildings and homes. At that time, the pigments' and paints' toxicity due to lead was only a concern, but today it's known that it's extremely dangerous.

Boating while working? Wear a life jacket

  • 26
  • May
    2017

When you head to work, you may need to spend time on boats. Regardless of your plans, it's never a good idea to drink on the job and it's very important to wear your safety gear. Many companies require their workers to wear life jackets on the job, and there's a good reason for that. If you fall overboard and injure yourself, you may be unable to swim and could drown without a life jacket.

Life jackets also make it easier to find you if you go overboard. The bright colors stand out against the water, so it's easier to get you the medical attention you need quickly. If that happens, you will be able to apply for workers' compensation while you recover.

Workplace burns: They can be prevented with good safety programs

  • 18
  • May
    2017

Burns have the potential to damage your body so significantly that it can be nearly impossible to heal. Those who suffer from severe burns may be unable to sweat correctly, have no sensation due to nerves being destroyed and may need a lifetime of care.

Fortunately, workplace burns are preventable. There are a number of different types of burns that could occur, but with the right preventative techniques, it's possible to avoid burns completely.

Mesothelioma: A work injury that attacks years later

  • 11
  • May
    2017

You might remember commercials on the television discussing the dangers of mesothelioma, or you may recall hearing about the risks of asbestos. Regardless of how you came to know about mesothelioma, it's important to know why it's such a big deal.

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is aggressive and difficult to treat. It typically affects the heart, abdomen or lungs. People who develop this form of cancer have most commonly come into contact with asbestos, which they breathed in.

Employers have a responsibility to keep you safe

  • 03
  • May
    2017

Imagine working your entire life in an industry that has a high rate of injuries and deaths. Just as you're approaching retirement, you get into an accident that causes you to suffer from permanent disabilities. Your life is forever changed with just workers' compensation and Social Security Disability (SSD), among other benefits, to help you make up the difference in income.

In 2015, there were 150 people killed on the job in North Carolina. Some were young and new on the job while others had served at their workplaces for decades. It's never okay for a worker to fear heading to his or her job because of the potential for workplace accidents, but that's the reality for many, even in North Carolina.

Woman misclassified as independent contrator seeks benefits

  • 25
  • April
    2017

Many people work as independent contractors, and in their cases, they often do not have a right to workers' compensation when they're hurt on the job. For independent contractors, the fact is that a personal injury claim may be the only option for getting compensated.

Sometimes, people are misclassified as independent contractors, and that makes it more likely for them to go without the workers' compensation they deserve. That's what happened in this case.

What are some facts about North Carolina's workers' compensation?

  • 20
  • April
    2017

When it comes to your health, you want to know that if you get hurt at work, it's covered by your employer. North Carolina's workers' compensation laws help protect you by making sure employers have workers' compensation insurance unless they are exempt.

How long do you have to report an injury on the job?

Companies: Using genetic information against employees is illegal

  • 10
  • April
    2017

Genetics have changed many things about how we grow. You now can find out if you have debilitating diseases before they strike, and you can see if you're predisposed to problems like cancer or other diseases or disorders. This is beneficial in a medical light, but should employers be able to see those results?

Could you face discrimination based on your genetic predisposition for a disease? You could. That's why a bill that has been presented is being questioned. The bill allows employers to offer a discount to employees who participate in a workplace wellness program, and that could save the worker and his or her family over $1,500 a year.

What kind of hazards lead to amputations?

  • 07
  • April
    2017

No one who goes to work should ever have to worry about an amputation due to a workplace accident, but they do occur. Amputations are debilitating and considered to be one of the most severe workplace injuries. They can occur in a number of fields due to a variety of causes. Most often, these injuries are caused by meat grinders, drill presses, grinders, sheers, conveyors and unguarded or poorly safeguarded mechanical equipment.

Workers can be exposed to the risk of amputation when preparing a machine for maintenance, when clearing out jams or when cleaning machinery. Of course, many other risk factors exist as well.

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