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Fayetteville Personal Injury Law Blog

March is Ladder Safety Month -- never assume a ladder is safe

Although the proper use of ladders is crucial throughout the year, March is the chosen month to underscore the importance of ladder safety. This awareness month also serves to remind those workers in North Carolina and across the country who have become complacent about the potential consequences of ladder accidents. Workers in all industries use ladders -- from construction sites and fulfillment centers to office environments when a worker must pull a box of documents from the top shelf in the storeroom.

How safe are the ladders in your workplace? Does your employer provide safety training that covers inspection and identifying problems along with ladder choice? Safety authorities say most ladder accidents are preventable by compliance with safety standards.

Does your North Carolina neighbor have an aggressive dog?

Are you one of many North Carolina residents and people throughout the United States who consider themselves a lover of fur-babies? Perhaps, you have a beloved cat or dog, or maybe several of each. It's a fact that pets can become like family members, and losing one can be a terribly sorrowful experience. Just because you love animals, however, doesn't mean you think it's okay for your neighbor or passer-by to let an aggressive dog run loose.

There are dog behavior analysts who spend much time studying and observing various breeds of dog. Their goal is to try to determine if some dog breeds tend to be more aggressive than others. If you own a dog, it's up to you to keep others who come into the presence of your dog as safe as possible. Studies show there are, in fact, some breeds of dog that are more likely to bite than others.

Road construction workers keep working despite this major risk

There is no easy way to say it. Road construction workers put their lives on the line every time they go to a job site. It's a dangerous job. If they only had to worry about what their coworkers were doing, it wouldn't be as bad, but due to the nature of their work, they also have to worry about the public as well.

Motorists have no patience for construction zones and often travel through them at speeds too fast for the area. Sometimes, they simply don't see, or they ignore the cones or other barriers separating them from the workers. It's no surprise then that the biggest threat to road construction workers is the possibility of a vehicle striking them.

What happens if your workers' comp claim is not successful?

When you experience an accident in the workplace, you know how difficult it can be to pick up the pieces and move forward. After all, you are dealing with injuries, medical bills and other needs, plus you may not be able to work. This can be an expensive and frustrating time for you and your North Carolina family. This is why you need to move forward with a workers' compensation claim.

Workers' comp benefits exist for the benefit of injured workers or those who became ill as a result of their work. Through a claim filed with your employer's insurance, you can get the help you need to address some of your needs. Getting financial support is crucial, which is why it can be devastating when you learn that your claim came back denied. You may be frustrated, but there are still options available to you.

What is next after a denied workers' compensation claim?

If you received an injury from an accident in the workplace, you understand how difficult it can be to pick up the pieces and move forward. How can you afford medical bills you weren't expecting? What will happen to your income if you miss too much work? These are only a few of the questions you may have about what to do next.

Thankfully, there is financial support available to individuals who experience an injury on the job. Through your North Carolina employer's workers' compensation coverage, you can secure benefits that will allow you to address your medical expenses and recover some of your lost wages. You file for these benefits expecting to get the help you need soon, only to experience devastation when your claim comes back denied.

How safe will you be as a meatpacker in 2020?

Despite new regulations and advances in technology, workers in the North Carolina food industry continue to risk their well-being on the job. If you earn your income in a meatpacking plant, you will likely know that improved safety standards and reform in this industry failed to make meatpacking a safe occupation. Thousands of food industry workers suffer work-related injuries each year, and many succumb to their injuries.

Meatpacking is one industry in which many sensible workers will take their own precautions to stay safe instead of putting their health and safety in the hands of employers and supervisors. You might not manage to keep out of harm's way altogether, but learning how to recognize and mitigate the most hazardous threats could save your life or prevent amputation injuries.

What you need to know about the hierarchy of controls

Whether you work in a factory, on a rig, at a farm or anywhere else, you experience potential hazards every time you clock in. After all, heights, equipment, heat, chemicals and other workplace dangers pose a risk to any worker. Fortunately, there are several measures your employer can take to keep you safe at work. 

Some jobs are inherently dangerous. Still, for many organizations, completing hazardous tasks are essential to business. Put simply, your employer has a duty to keep you safe at work. To do so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends going through the hierarchy of controls. This top-down approach promotes worker safety by controlling worker exposure to hazardous conditions. Here is how it works: 

Workplace injuries from broken equipment

Like many of your neighbors, you must work to support yourself and your family members. If your job requires using equipment, you must realize that damaged or poorly maintained tools can leave you with a life-altering injury. Not only can such an injury make performing your job duties nearly impossible, but it can also destroy your overall quality of life. 

From traumatic brain injuries to paralysis, serious injuries are not exactly rare when working with damaged or poorly maintained equipment. If you sustain an on-the-job injury because of bad equipment, you likely have some options for pursuing fair compensation. 

Can the state tax workers' compensation payments?

Injuries are an unfortunate part of employees' lives. These accidents are more common in certain industries than others, but pretty much every business that operates in North Carolina needs to have workers' compensation. The law states that any business with a minimum of three employees must have this coverage regardless of whether the organization has classifications as a corporation, limited liability company, sole proprietorship or any other designation. 

After sustaining an injury on the job, the employee may not be able to return to work and earn a normal salary for a while. Workers' compensation provides funds so that the individual can still provide for his or her home life in the meantime. When filing a worker's comp claim for the first time, a litany of questions will likely arise, and many employees want to ask, "Will North Carolina tax my worker's comp payments?" 

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