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Have you suffered Cumulative Trauma Disorder at work?

The term "Cumulative Trauma Disorder" may sound puzzling, but this is another name for a repetitive stress injury, which could affect many parts of your body, from neck to foot.

If you employ a repetitive motion in your line of work and are experiencing pain or discomfort, you may be dealing with CTD and could be a candidate for workers’ compensation.

Hearing loss is America’s most common workplace injury

If you are finding yourself asking your friends and family members to repeat themselves more often than you once did, you may be among a growing number of Americans suffering from work-related hearing loss. The problem is so widespread, in fact, that USA Today reports that it is the most common work-related injury affecting the nation’s workforce today, impacting more than 22 million people and costing employers roughly $242 million every year in workers’ compensation costs.

While many people assume that those who work in notoriously loud environments, such as construction sites or mining operations, face the highest degree of risk of suffering work-related hearing loss, this is not always the case.

Older workers die on the job more often than workers overall

Did you know older people face a higher workplace fatality rate even as the overall rate of workplace deaths are decreasing? It is a troubling statistic, but it is true. According to U.S. News, 35 percent of deadly workplace injuries involved workers who were 55 years or older in 2015. This alarming trend cannot be ignored, especially if you are an older worker yourself or are related to one. 

Understanding why older employees face a higher risk of fatal injuries on the job is the first step to prevention and taking action if such an accident occurs. Here is a look at the data and the most common deadly accidents: 

3 common restaurant injuries

If you work in the food service industry, you know it can be fast-paced and stressful. There are also several workplace hazards in environments such as restaurants, coffee shops, bars and fast food establishments. If your employer does not take the proper preventative measures, you could get into an accident and suffer injuries. 

You should know about common hazards facing food service workers so you can be aware and safe. Here are the top risks you face and how you can avoid injuries at work.

Types of injuries covered by workers' compensation in NC

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.

Workers compensation and carpal tunnel syndrome

In North Carolina, people who suffer injuries at work may have a right to workers' compensation benefits. The law also extends eligibility for benefits to those who suffer from occupational conditions related to their jobs.

This catch-all provision covers conditions or diseases that develop because of circumstances specifically related to the worker's type of job or work environment. Generally, this means your job increases your risk of a particular condition so that you become more likely to develop it than someone who does not work at your job.

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.

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