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Finding legal help after North Carolina work-related injuries

In North Carolina and throughout the nation, a worker who suffers injury or illness on the job is typically entitled to claim compensation benefits that will help pay medical bills and/or replace lost wages. At times, employees who have suffered work-related injuries also find that they have grounds to file legal claims, in addition to any workers' compensation to which they might be entitled. Recently, a company was fined more than $1 million in connection with several accidents that were deemed to have caused serious injuries to workers.

In one of the incidents that led to substantial fines to the chicken processing company in question, a 17-year-old boy suffered injuries that necessitated an amputation of his leg. Another worker is said to have lost two fingertips while using the same machine that the boy had been using when he was injured. Reportedly, both workers were fired from their positions after their accidents.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the chicken-supplying Ohio facility for four serious safety violations in Sept. 2015. OSHA also issued citations to the company for 10 repeated violations and two willful violations. In addition the the penalties incurred by the chicken company, the sub-contracting company that had employed the workers who were injured was also cited for exposing workers to a number of serious hazards.

An OSHA director in Ohio, where the cited companies are located, stated that in the past 25 years, the company that supplies chicken has done little to improve safety conditions for its employees after repeated OSHA citations. North Carolina employees who suffer work-related injuries are advised to report those incidents to the appropriate authorities as soon as possible after an accident has occurred. If a worker has questions or concerns regarding legal issues that might be associated with an incident, he or she can contact a workers' compensation lawyer in the area for guidance.

Source: insurancejournal.com, "Workplace Injuries Lead to $1.4M in Fines for Ohio Chicken Processor", Oct. 7, 2015

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