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June 2013 Archives

Worker falls while on break, gets workers' compensation benefits

One issue that often arises is whether a worker's injury was work-related or arose out of the employment. The general principle in North Carolina and elsewhere is that the injury must arise out of and in the course of employment in order to be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. The reported case is from a nearby state but its legal principles would apply in North Carolina as well.

Man dies, 7 injured, in worksite explosion

Not every North Carolina resident is lucky enough to have a safe job with no worry of sustaining a serious work injury. While some types of injuries can happen even in an office job, chemical factories are a place where no safety measure can be ignored. If an employee is injured at the workplace, he or she may be able to file a workers' compensation claim to help cover medical expenses and lost wages incurred as a result.

Explosion entitles 79 to workers' compensation benefits

There seems to be a rash of chemical plant explosions lately. Although they're not related, it may be something akin to the strange phenomenon of airplane crashes coming in two's and three's, as we've often seen in the past. The recent explosion and ensuing fire was at a chemical plant in another state. The last report was that two people were dead and 77 injured. If they're all workers, in North Carolina or anywhere else that would come to 79 cases of workers' compensation benefits.

Can volunteers be eligible for workers' compensation benefits?

The recent storm that ripped through the mid-Atlantic states caused widespread destruction from falling trees, windblown debris and fires. EMS workers, fire departments and volunteer services were all called into action and many residents are thankful for the services these people provide. One such volunteer firefighter in North Carolina lost his life during the course of his work at a residential fire. The question arises if, as a volunteer, this man's family would be eligible for workers' compensation death benefits.

Senate Bill 174 would alter state's workers' compensation system

As anyone who has been injured while working is likely aware, obtaining the proper treatment as soon as possible is important to one's recovery. If Senate Bill 174 becomes law injured workers in North Carolina may have to wait longer to get workers' compensation benefits to pay for things they need to address the workplace injury.

Carpal tunnel prevalent injury in poultry processing

Not all worker injuries are the result of one specific incident. For many who suffer the injury of carpal tunnel in the state of North Carolina, the process of developing the condition takes time. One of the industries in which this condition is common is poultry processing.

Summer heat poses risk to some North Carolina workers

There are many dangers workers in North Carolina face on a daily basis. Some of those dangers change from season to season. For instance, with summer around the corner, individuals who work outside may find that extreme temperatures increase the risk of a workplace injury.

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