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.
In North Carolina, if you are injured at work, you have the right to recover workers' compensation benefits. However, a common question that many workers have is whether they may recover benefits if they are injured while traveling to or from work. Although this is a simple question, the answer to it is complicated and full of exceptions.
Worker misclassification is an issue that has been talked about in the news quite a bit recently. In general, misclassification occurs when an employer wrongly classifies an employee as an independent contractor. Although this misclassification has repercussions from an employment law perspective, it is also relevant when it comes to workers' compensation.
Employers are required to provide insurance coverage for their employees that covers workplace injuries and occupational illnesses. The Federal Employees' Compensation Act provides benefits to civilians who work for the federal government, and this act offers civilian federal employees in North Carolina benefits when suffering an on the job injury.
A worker in North Carolina was killed in a construction accident that took place on Nov. 13. Four other workers were also injured in the same workplace accident. According to reports, the workers had been involved in the construction of a pedestrian bridge at the northern campus of Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh.
A North Carolina man was killed in a Sept. 19 accident in Morganton, authorities reported. The man died at the scene of a one-vehicle accident involving a Ford F-150 pickup truck. The event reportedly transpired at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Interstate 40, where a crew of construction workers were paving the highway.