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Employers fire man after job-related accident

Much has been written and spoken about the topic of a positive attitude and how it affects one's recovery from illness or injury. Recently, a worker outside the state of North Carolina claimed that he was unjustly fired from his position after being severely injured in a job-related accident. Losing his place at work, he says, has left him feeling disappointed and betrayed which has affected his attitude during the recovery process.

For the past eight years, the man has been employed with a major power company. In a recent interview, he said that he was proud of his job. In October, he suffered third degree burns on various parts of his body while working as a professional lineman. He was replacing a transformer when he received a shock so severe that he was left lying in a coma for 11 days. During that time, his wife kept constant vigil by his side.

After regaining consciousness, he survived multiple skin grafts and surgeries. The power company employee was happy to be alive and looking forward to returning to work one day. However, his employers sent him a letter telling him that he had been terminated. The man said that no specific reason had been given other than a vague claim that he had committed "numerous violations." The employee maintains that he was wearing all proper equipment and had carefully implemented all safety protocols when the incident occurred.

A North Carolina worker injured in a job-related accident may wish to pursue benefits through workers' compensation. State law protects an employee from being discharged for filing such a claim. Many individuals injured on-the-job in our state have sought the services of a workers' compensation attorney to provide guidance and assistance in perfecting a claim for benefits. In circumstances where an employee has concerns about his or her continued job status, support is available when extenuating circumstances evidence the need to take legal action against the employer.

Source:, "Electrician recovering from nearly fatal on-the-job accident says he's been fired", Jan. 12, 2015

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