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Greensboro Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Employers may be required to provide you with insurance coverage

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  • April
    2016

In North Carolina, all employers are required to provide workers' compensation to their employees if they employ three or more employees. Businesses including limited liability companies, sole proprietorships, and corporations all have this requirement.

There are some exceptions for certain employers. For instance, if you are a railway worker, your employer will not have to carry workers' compensation insurance. Domestic servants and freelancers are not covered by workers' compensation, and farm laborers working for a person with fewer than 10 full-time employees won't be covered. There are other exceptions as well.

The most common work incidents and how to avoid them

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  • April
    2016

There are many workplace accidents that can be avoided, so employees can stay safe. For instance, did you know that violent acts in the workplace lead to many injuries, but they can be prevented with something as simple as violence training and communication channels to report abuse or problems in the workplace?

Another very serious problem is the strain repetitive motions put on the body. In places like factories, workers may perform the same movements time and again for many hours. By providing ergonomic support, encouraging proper rest, and giving breaks, employers can reduce the impact of these injuries.

What are some important facts about workers' compensation?

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  • April
    2016

If you get hurt at work, your employer has several responsibilities to you. Your employer may have to help you file your workers' compensation claim, could have to help you recover lost wages, or may have to give you other accommodations.

Can I file a claim for workers' compensation?

Toxins in the workplace: How you can stay safe

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  • April
    2016

If you're exposed to toxins in the workplace, you could suffer serious health problems. Every day, many people within the U.S. are exposed to hazardous chemicals when they're on the job. If you're exposed, you may be entitled to workers' compensation and medical care, so you can get the treatments you need and make up lost wages while you're unable to work. These toxins shouldn't be present without you knowing that you're in a position where you could potentially be exposed and harmed.

Under the law, you have a right to work in an environment that is safe and free of unnecessary hazards. If hazardous chemicals or toxins are present in your workplace, then your employer must tell you about these toxins and inform you about what to do if you are exposed. The information about the toxins comes on a data sheet called the Material Safety Data Sheet, and it's required to be provided in every workplace with these toxins.

What is asbestosis, and when does it appear in the body?

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  • March
    2016

Asbestos is a well-known word to many; it's a building material that has been linked to types of cancer. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has determined that if you're exposed to asbestos fibers, you could suffer from cancer or asbestosis as a result. Because of this, no worker should be exposed without his or her knowledge, and it's required that all exposures be as limited as possible.

Asbestosis doesn't typically appear until 10 to 40 years following exposure. That can make it hard to recognize initially, but there are some symptoms. They include:

What are your rights as an employee in the workplace?

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  • March
    2016

As an employee, you can protect yourself from unsafe working conditions. Your employer is obligated to giving you a safe workplace. If your workplace is home to an unsafe environment, then you can report the workplace to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for review. In some cases, you can also refuse to go to work when the hazards are particularly dangerous to your health.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act is a federal statute that makes it clear that employers have to keep your workplace free of dangerous health and safety issues that could lead to death, injuries, or illnesses. OSHA protects workers like yourself from one-time injuries, recognized hazards, and illnesses caused by unsafe conditions.

Depression from the workplace? You can file a claim

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  • March
    2016

Workplace illnesses can include mental health concerns that may be attributed to the workplace and your work environment. For instance, a traumatic event in the workplace could result in post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or ongoing anxiety. Harassment can cause concerns and also affect your mental health. Of course, many other things can as well.

Depression costs around $200 million in lost workdays each year, and that results in losses of around $17 to $44 billion. The rates of depression do vary by occupation and industry, with workers age 55 or older reporting that they have some kind of mental health concern at a rate of around 20 percent.

You can file for workers' compensation after a serious injury

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  • March
    2016

Your employer must provide safety and health training programs as indicated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in order to keep you safe and educated about your safety. It's your employer's job to make sure that you understand what kinds of unsafe conditions exist in your workplace. It's also his or her job to make sure you aren't exposed to those hazards due to them being uncontrolled or present in your work environment.

For instance, if you are required to handle caustics, poisons, or other kinds of harmful substances, you should know how to handle them safely. Even if you're previously educated on how to work with the substances, it's important that you are given more information on the safe handling and use of these items in accordance to your workplace's rules and requirements.

1 killed, 1 injured in collision inside work zone

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  • March
    2016

Working on the roads, you normally have a designated work zone. Cones tend to be set out, and your vehicle has indicators or reflectors to make it obvious to others. Work-in-progress signs, or other kinds, may be put up to alert drivers that you're working, too.

When drivers disregard your safety, you deserve to be compensated. You can be compensated through workers' compensation, but you also may have the right to claim against the negligent driver. If you've lost a loved one in a work-related accident like this one, that may be what you're trying to do.

Are work injuries becoming less common?

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  • February
    2016

Work injuries take place all the time, and although some types may be in decline, they are still fairly common. If you're hurt at work, you may be entitled to workers' compensation, and that can help you pay your medical bills and even cover some of your lost wages. Are injuries on the decline, though, and should you worry about injuries in the future?

In 2014, there were close to 3 million nonfatal workplace illnesses and injuries reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor. That's a rate of 3.2 cases of injuries per 100 full-time workers in 2014.

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