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Workplace Illnesses Archives

Where to go for workers' compensation help in North Carolina

Some North Carolina workers might find themselves in need of legal help after they have suffered on-the-job injuries or become ill in their places of work. It is typically advisable to contact a workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible after a work injury or illness takes place. Workers' comp claims are often subject to limitations insofar as the amount of time a worker has to report an injury or file a claim.

North Carolina workers' compensation issues involving illnesses

Workers will want to take note of recent advice given to those suffering illnesses in the workplace. North Carolina workers' compensation cases sometimes involve those who have become ill on the job, as well as those who are injured during the normal course of duty at their places of work. Those in such circumstances are advised to immediately report their accident or illness to the proper authorities.

Employees may need workers' compensation due to product used

Most employers in North Carolina and elsewhere are required to provide  insurance coverage that provides wage relief and medical benefits to workers who become ill or are injured on-the-job. This type of insurance, called workers' compensation, differs among jurisdictions but usually functions as a form of disability insurance while also providing benefits to dependents if a worker is killed on the job. A group of workers at a hospital in another state claim that they are suffering adverse effects from a product they've been required to use in the performance of their work duties.

Smoking and North Carolina workers' compensation

Most employers in the state are required to provide insurance that will protect employees from injury or illness suffered in the workplace by providing benefits to cover medical costs, loss of wages, in appropriate cases, disability expenses in the event a worker is injured on-the-job or becomes ill due to the work environment. North Carolina residents might take interest in a recent bill that is being considered in another state. The proposed legislation would ban smoking in the workplace. State-wide ordinances would be imposed upon all places of employment in an effort to cut down on alleged cases of deaths suffered from second-hand smoke exposure. Such legislation could have a potential effect on workers' compensation claims.

Many workers exposed to toxic fumes denied workers' compensation

Millions of workers strive to perform their duties with care and attention to detail.  It may also bring a measure of comfort to North Carolina workers to know that they will most likely be covered by workers' compensation if they become incapacitated by a work-related injury. Unfortunately, not every worker in the country is ensured of qualifying for these vital benefits.

Some question if workers' compensation will cover Ebola infection

In light of the troubling news reports concerning the number of health care providers becoming infected with Ebola, many may wonder if they can be compensated for lost time and their own medical expenses should they become ill. However, at this time, it may be unknown if workers' compensation would cover any worker sickened by this dreaded fever. While there are no reports of the disease in North Carolina, many doctors, nurses and aides may be worrying about the possibility of getting sick.

Widow seeking more than workers' compensation after husband died

In most situations, when a North Carolina worker contracts a potentially fatal illness through their employment, they file a claim for benefits through the workers' compensation insurance program. In some instances, the victim or surviving family members may believe that state-regulated workers' compensation benefits are not the only possible legal remedy, for various reasons. One woman has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to permit her to sue her husband's former employer for his illness under a federal law known as the Jones Act.

Office work can be hazardous, lead to workers' compensation claim

When one thinks of dangerous jobs that can cause illness or injury, the typical office environment may not seem too hazardous. However, a recent report highlighted several hazards that could eventually lead to a workers' compensation claim. Since so many hold office positions in North Carolina, the following information may be beneficial.

Revised silica dust limits could prevent fatal workplace illness

In any kind of job, workers may face the risk of becoming injured or contracting an industrial illness. Despite the fact that freak accidents can happen, employers can take steps to minimize the risk associated with occupational hazards.

Carbon monoxide exposure sickens 16, kills 1 at Macon County farm

A small farm in Franklin Township and first responders from around the area experienced a tragic accident on Friday. An unexplained carbon monoxide gas leak occurred in the farm’s refrigerated storage and packing plant, and ultimately 16 workers were sickened by exposure to the hazardous chemical and another was killed.