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Stressed at work? You might have a case

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  • July
    2016

If you're struggling with a mental illness, you know that you need as much help as someone with a physical ailment. Mental illnesses can cause real symptoms, like headaches, stomachaches, aches and pains and others.

If you've ever been stressed at work, you might be able to get your mental health evaluations and treatment covered by workers' compensation. There is a trick to this, though, because as anyone knows, all workplaces are somewhat stressful. The point that you have to prove is that your stress resulted in a permanent impairment, that you were stressed primarily because of work, and that the stress was above a normal level for the position in which you worked.

Electrical injuries: You can be compensated

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    2016

Electrical injuries hurt and scar the body in many ways that may not be apparent initially. When the electrical current passes through the body, it can cause skin burns, damage to the internal organs and cardiac arrhythmias. Much of the human body requires electric pulses to function normally, so electrical injuries can disrupt those functions and result in an emergency situation.

There are around 30,000 or more nonfatal shock injuries each year in the United States. Burn units take in around 5 percent of their admissions as electrical burn patients.

What can you do about unsafe working conditions?

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    2016

If you go to work and discover that the floors are slick with water, the roofing on the facility is falling or collapsing, or other hazards are present, you'd expect your employer to take action. If he or she doesn't and ignores the problems, then you could be at risk of an injury. If you are injured because of these known hazards, then you're in a position to file a claim for workers' compensation and potentially to claim against your employer directly.

Unsafe working conditions put you at risk when you shouldn't be. Under federal and state law, your employer has to provide you with a safe workplace. If your employer isn't doing that, you have every right to report him or her to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which can then look into the work environment and make sure your employer is compliant.

Is wearable technology likely to help in workplaces?

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  • June
    2016

If you could wear a single device and reduce your risk of injuries on the job, would you do it? That could be a question employers have for employees in the future, as new technology comes to light.

Could a wearable device reduce the number of accidents in the workplace? The use of these devices to reduce injuries to staff members is an idea that is gaining traction. With 6,300 people dying around the world every day from occupational accidents or workplace diseases, it's no surprise that any technology that can help is embraced.

Workers' compensation or a wrongful death claim: The differences

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  • June
    2016

Losing a loved one is difficult no matter when it happens, but if it's a result of an injury that takes place at work, then you could be in a situation where you need to file a workers' compensation claim for death benefits. Is that all you can do, though? Or, will you need to file a wrongful death claim instead?

In most situations, employees are unable to sue their employers for injuries that take place at work. This is because they are covered by workers' compensation. If the injury happens due to no misconduct or negligence and is a result of an accident or personal error, then workers' compensation is usually how you'll reach out for compensation.

Common workplace injuries and illnesses in North Carolina

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    2016

Getting hurt at work is a common concern, but there are a few injuries that stand out. Some types of injuries are more likely to happen than others, like overexertion or sprains.

Overexertion is a concern among workers, and is one of the top 10 most common occupational illnesses. It's been reported that 27 out of 10,000 workplace injuries and illnesses are caused by overexertion. Strain-related conditions are much more common when positions demand many hours of work, like in cases where nurses spend 12 or more hours working shifts at a hospital or when nursing care facilities have overnight and double-shift workers. Overexertion is more commonly a result of lifting more than you can handle, with more than 13 out of 27 cases reported being a result of lifting too much.

Worker killed when electrocuted on boom truck

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  • June
    2016

When you work on electrical lines or in other dangerous circumstances, you have to be careful not to be hurt. There are typically processes in place that help prevent injuries, but not all accidents can be avoided. If you are hurt and survive an incident, you may be entitled to workers' compensation; if you're killed, it's your family who should be entitled to benefits.

Take for instance this case of an employee who was killed when he was fatally electrocuted in Anson County. This accident took place when the boom truck the man was on hit the power line. The worker had been holding a hook used to remove mats when the boom came into contact with the electrical wire and led to the worker's electrocution.

What are some quick facts about workers' compensation?

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  • June
    2016

North Carolina has specific workers' compensation laws to make sure you're covered as an employee. Here are some commonly asked questions that you may want the answers to.

As a truck driver, is my company required to provide workers' compensation insurance?

The safety of workers: In the hands of drivers in North Carolina

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  • May
    2016

If every day you went to work the safety of your coworkers and yourself was in the hands of drivers, you'd be very certain that drivers were aware of the laws around construction zones and would make sure those laws were enforced. Unfortunately, there is only so much manpower on the roads, and some drivers don't consider the consequences of their actions.

That's why the secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation has focused on delivering a message of safety to the public; road workers are present on the highways more and more during the spring and summer, and that could mean more accidents, injuries and fatalities. He's hoping that won't be the case if drivers are simply more aware of the laws and how to keep these workers safe.

Asbestosis and your right to compensation

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  • May
    2016

Asbestosis is a disease caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. When these fibers are present in the air and workers inhale them over time, their lungs can become damaged, resulting in scarring and shortness of breath. Some people have only mild asbestosis symptoms, but others may have a severe case that makes it very hard to breathe and live a normal life.

Symptoms of this chronic lung disease can suddenly occur years after the exposure, making it sometimes difficult to identify where and when the exposure occurred. In today's workplaces, it's unlikely for anyone to be exposed to asbestos in high enough quantities to cause this disease. Most cases involve people who were exposed before the 1970s, when the government finally regulated the use of the mineral product.

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