Everyone is horrified by the news of the death of a coworker. They sympathize with surviving family members and provide their condolences. However, few people consider the realities of life without a family member beyond the emotional devastation. Fortunately, states such as North Carolina require employers to provide workers' compensation benefits for their employees in case they are injured or killed while they are completing their job responsibilities. The family of a deceased man will likely qualify for such benefits after a tragic accident took the life of their loved one.
As summer continues to reign over the country, it is important for workers everywhere to understand the risks of working out in extreme heat. A heat-related illness can occur very quickly, and if a person does not recognize the signs of becoming overheated, the results can be fatal. It is important for employers to ensure that their workers are taking necessary precautions in order to stay healthy and hydrated while working in high temperatures. If employers become lax in their precautions, they could be faced with paying 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.
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.
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.
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.