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Studies suggest work-related injuries have recently decreased

In North Carolina and throughout the United States, some workers suffer injury or illness in the workplace that results in claims for compensation benefits. In the aftermath of some work-related injuries, an employee sometimes deems it necessary to pursue legal action in a civil court due to what he or she believes to be extenuating circumstances in his or her case. Workers in North Carolina might be interested in a recent article that discussed these issues and suggested that, in recent years, accidents in the workplace have decreased.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics published data on the incidence rate of nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses in the nation for the 2013 work year. According to the information provided, there were approximately 109.4 per 10,000 full-time workers suffering injury or illness that necessitated days off for recuperation. The number of cases in 2013 is apparently slightly lower than the figure for the previous year.

While the number might seem low, in actuality, it equates to 1,162,210 workers who needed time off for workplace injuries and/or illnesses. There was a time when it was typically thought that most workplace hazards were found in industrial or factory jobs. However, it is now known that many seemingly innocuous work environments can also pose hazards to workers. The article cited an example of fast-food workers suffering burns when working under pressure to produce more food in less time.

When workers in North Carolina must take time off work to recover from work-related injuries or illnesses, they often suffer a substantial loss of income. Some have suggested that employers are not always willing to accept responsibility when an accident or illness has occurred on their premises. Those facing such circumstances might want to seek the advice of a legal professional in the area who has experience in workers' compensation cases.

Source:, "Workplace Injuries Worsen Economic Situations of Americans", July 31, 2015

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