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Types of injuries covered by workers' compensation in North Carolina

Many times, people who get injured or sick at work are not sure whether or not they can get workers' compensation benefits. Understanding the requirements for coverage can help you evaluate your options.

The two broad categories of covered conditions include injury due to an accident or occupational disease. Either of those must occur while performing work duties in order to qualify for workers' compensation.

A guide to workers' compensation for North Carolina teachers

If you have entered the teaching field, you probably have not been particularly concerned about workplace injuries. However, while teaching may not seem like a dangerous job, there are unfortunate circumstances where injuries do occur, resulting in days off from work and medical bills. Whether you already have an injury or just want to be prepared for an unforeseen circumstance, you deserve to know what potential risks you face and what compensation entitlements you can receive as a North Carolina teacher.

Appealing a workers' compensation decision in North Carolina

You were counting on workers' compensation benefits to get medical treatment and cover your expenses while your injury keeps you out of work. Now you find out your employer's insurance company has denied your claim or issued benefits that do not even come close to covering what you need. Fortunately, you still have options for recourse.

You should receive a decision on your claim within 14 days of filing it. The insurer must either begin paying your benefits or send you a notice of denial that also lists the reasons why. If you are not satisfied with the decision, speak with your attorney as soon as possible about taking further action.

Common office injuries

While working in an office may not be as dangerous as, say, working on a commercial fishing vessel or for a logging operation, you still run the risk of suffering serious, debilitating injuries and illnesses whenever you clock in. Some office workplace hazards, such as those you can trip over, can be largely avoided just be being more careful and organized.

Others, however, such as air quality issues, can prove harder to recognize. Because symptoms associated with hazardous substances or chemicals in the air often do not develop until long after the initial exposure, it can prove difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of your struggles. Here are some of today's most common office-environment accidents, so you can learn to avoid them or reduce the risk of them wherever possible.

Toxic work environments

Toxic workplaces in Fayetteville are more common than some people think. Many employers are making changes to their facilities to reduce workplace injuries, not realizing that there are just as many or even more toxic issues right under their noses. These problems can lead to workplace illnesses that may be covered under workers' compensation. As an employee, you have a right to work in a place that is free from health hazards. To protect yourself from these dangers, you should learn how to recognize them in your work environment.

The most dangerous jobs in America

American employers spend a staggering amount on workers' compensation costs each year to cover employees who are hurt, injured or otherwise incapacitated while on the job. While workers across virtually all industries assume some level of risk in the workplace, those in specific industries, and those who hold particular job titles within those industries, are far more likely to suffer a serious injury, illness or even death while working. Here is a look at some of today's most dangerous ways to make a living.

Compensation for chronic or pre-existing conditions

Being injured at work is scary, because it can immediately cause worry about whether you can still perform your job and what will happen to your future. This is an especially difficult situation if your injury is long-lasting or if you don't believe there is any help for you.

Despite what your employer may tell you, workers' compensation does not just cover new, temporary injuries at work. You can qualify for ongoing compensation if an injury causes a chronic or long-term condition, and you can also be compensated for pre-existing injuries that are aggravated by your job or workplace.

Workforce making extraordinary effort to restore North Carolina communities

For the people of North Carolina, getting knocked down is just another opportunity to get up and stand tall. Hurricane Matthew has damaged thousands of homes and business, created mass flooding and forced many of our families to evacuate their cities and towns.

When natural disasters like Matthew upend our lives, much of the media focuses on first responders and emergency personnel who put themselves on the line to rescue our friends and neighbors and get families to safety. Their bravery has been thoroughly tested by this storm and the swelling rivers have produced record flooding and evacuations.

Top safety hazards facing warehouse workers

The work of the average warehouse employee involves inventory management, packaging orders, handling bulk materials, arranging transportation, and loading shipments onto trunks. Unfortunately, even though warehouse employees have a very important role in the overall economy, many still face serious risks and safety hazards at the workplace. Each year, many are injured and even killed on the job.

How to prevent common workplace accidents and injuries

On a daily basis, many employees perform tasks and duties that put their well-being and health at risk. While many of us feel safe performing our jobs, it is important to realize that a workplace injury can occur at anytime and anywhere. Not only do workplace accidents result in discomfort and pain, but they can also cause financial instability. Without a doubt, the best way to deal with the issue of workplace accidents and injuries is prevention. Here is some information that will hopefully help you steer clear of these accidents and injuries.

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