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Workers' Compensation Archives

Few eligible workers apply for workers' compensation

Based on a new study released by the Department of Labor on March 4, many North Carolina workers who are injured on the job may not be receiving the workers' compensation that they are due. The study found that fewer than 40 percent of eligible workers apply for compensation. However, failing to apply is not the only reason that too few workers are receiving compensation. States and courtrooms have tightened regulations, and on average, workers' compensation now covers just over 20 percent of workers' expenses.

Safety and workers' compensation for at-home workers

North Carolina employees are likely aware that they can apply for workers' compensation if they are injured while on the job, but if they work from home, they may wonder what their rights are. In the past, courts have ruled that workers injured while working from home are eligible for workers' compensation just as if they were injured while on the workplace premises.

Worker killed in North Carolina community college bridge collapse

A 42-year-old man is dead following the collapse of a pedestrian bridge under construction at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh on Nov. 13. Four other workers were seriously injured in the accident.

Workers' compensation rules in North Carolina

When a worker is injured on the job in North Carolina, they may require medical treatment to promote healing and help them return to a normal life. Workers' compensation insurance is used by workers to cover the medical costs and other expenses caused by on-the-job injuries. Employers should know their rights under the law and understand what steps are to be taken in order to protect their rights and smooth the claims process.

Medical examination issues in workers' compensation cases

Because a workers' compensation case revolves around medical issues connected to a workplace accident or injury, a North Carolina worker should be aware of expectations that accompany the filing of a claim. Under state law, it is important that an employee comply with workers' compensation regulations related to treatment.

Workers' compensation benefits can be delayed

When a North Carolina man was working his way through school at ITT Technical Institute with a job at a Best Buy warehouse in Virginia in 2007, he stood on a box that collapsed beneath him. He fell 7.5 feet and landed headfirst onto the concrete floor. The fall caused him to suffer a brain hemorrhage in addition to broken bones, a sprained neck and a ruptured eardrum. He also regularly suffers from headache and has dislocated his kneecap four times since the fall.

Information regarding workers' compensation

When a person in North Carolina is injured while working, he or she might face a number of financial difficulties. However, those losses might be partially offset workers' compensation benefits that a provided by an employer's insurance. Payouts under those insurance schemes can include reimbursement for certain expenses, including sick travel, and compensation for lost wages.

Legislature moves to raise compensation to injured workers

A house representative in the North Carolina state legislature has prompted a move to rewrite Senate Bill 101 in what is commonly called a 'gut and amend" procedure designed to fast track changes to standing laws. The bill addresses the cap on compensation for injuries related to organs or organ loss due to a workplace accident or injury.

Companies recognized for safety practices

Optimal workplace safety practices and polices are critical to keeping workers safe, and failure to implement effective safety practices can have terrible consequences. Fortunately, fatal workplace accidents are on the decrease statewide. According to the North Carolina Department of Labor, there was a 39 percent decrease in the number of work-related fatalities last year.