Approximately 500 hundred people in the United States die of carbon monoxide poisoning every year, while 20,000 to 30,000 more, potentially including some in North Carolina, become sick from it. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is virtually undetectable by humans because it is odorless, tasteless and colorless. Burning certain fuels in poorly ventilated spaces can cause carbon monoxide to build up to dangerous levels.
There are a number of different reasons why driving while working can be so dangerous. Some people find themselves in a work vehicle on a daily basis, or their job responsibilities revolve around driving (such as a taxi driver, trucker, etc.). For others, driving on-the-job may be less common, but they may be required to get behind the wheel from time to time, and this can also be dangerous or even riskier due to less experience, in some instances. It is pivotal to be aware of the different hazards you may encounter if you need to drive as part of your job duties and take appropriate action in the event you are ever involved in a crash.
People who work in many different fields face a variety of risks each day. At Christina Rivenbark & Associates, we understand that construction workers often find themselves in particularly dangerous situations. If you work in construction in Wilmington, or any other part of North Carolina, you may be exposed to dangerous chemicals, work with certain types of machinery that can lead to a serious injury, be exposed to electricity or work in high spaces, among other hazards. In the event that you are involved in an accident, it is pivotal to make sure that you recover to the best of your ability.
When someone is hurt while working, their life may be adversely impacted in many ways. They may struggle with an overwhelming amount of physical pain and they could be unable to participate in physical activities they enjoy. Sometimes, these injuries create lifelong problems, while others create short-term hardships. Outside of the physical and mental challenges that may come with a workplace accident, these injuries can be devastating from a financial angle as well. If you were hurt while performing your job, it is important to be aware of the different ways your finances could be affected and know which options you have.
Motor vehicle collisions take place for various reasons, whether someone is involved in a multi-vehicle wreck while driving home from a major event that resulted in traffic congestion or a driver veers off of the road due to ice and collides with a tree. However, many people are hurt in accidents that occur while they are working, whether they drive a large truck, a taxi, or are operating a company vehicle for any number of reasons.
Getting injured on the job is an upsetting situation for anyone, particularly if the injury results in medical expenses and time away from work. Thankfully, in many cases, workers in this situation will be eligible for workers' compensation benefits to cover their medical bills and partially replace any lost wages.