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Workers' compensation in North Carolina available in health care

Jobs in a wide range of industries can be hazardous, but jobs in the health care industry pose some of the greatest risks. When a loved one heads to the work site to complete yet another eight-hour day in North Carolina, the employee's families expect him or her to come back safe and sound. When that doesn't happen due to a workplace injury, then the employee is typically entitled to workers' compensation benefits. One recent article emphasizes the seriousness of the injuries that occur specifically in the American health care field.

Experts say that more than two million work days were lost as a result of workplace injuries in the health industry in the United States. Only commercial fisherman and loggers feature more worker injuries than health care professionals do. A major issue is that not many inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have taken place in health care workplaces.

The greatest numbers of injuries in the health care field occur in nursing homes. Most injuries include back tears and strains as well as sprains. Workers also are exposed to chemicals and may suffer injuries through falls, trips and slips.

When a worker is injured on the job, he or she can usually receive workers' compensation benefits in North Carolina. These benefits help to cover hospital and other medical expenses associated with the injury in addition to providing disability payments when the employee is not able to work. The benefits can be awarded no matter whose fault the workplace injury was. An employee who has been injured in the workplace has the right to seek legal guidance in order to make the most of the insurance benefits received.

Source: UPI.com, U.S. healthcare workers have high injury rates -- nurses the most, No author, Oct. 7, 2013

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