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Workers' compensation in North Carolina helps injured workers

During the holiday season, life can seem to become busier than ever. From taking the kids to holiday plays to handling larger crowds of customers in the workplace, a person may be much more occupied. A work accident is more likely to take place when a person is rushing or being careless due to the distractions of a busy season in North Carolina. Fortunately, workers' compensation is available to employees who end up getting injured or falling sick on-the-job so that they don't have to suffer financially while they focus on recovering physically.

An employer should take its workers' safety seriously. This includes creating safety goals and training employees how to operate safely in the workplace. An employer ideally should also designate a healthcare provider to treat employees who have been injured on the job. This designated provider can become more familiar with the worksite and thus make more informed determinations as to whether injured workers can return to their jobs without missing work.

Employers also should provide information to employees about workers' compensation procedures before work accidents occur. Otherwise, going through the process may be stressful for an employee who is unfamiliar with it. Understandably, a worker's stress level can increase when he or she is in pain due to a work-related injury situation.

Companies must buy insurance that covers employees who become ill or injured while performing tasks at work. Filing a workers' compensation claim also cannot put an employee in jeopardy of losing his or her job, according to the law. People who are injured at work are typically entitled to workers' compensation benefits, as these benefits can help them to cover wages that they may lose due to missing work after suffering an injury. Having an understanding of workers' compensation laws in North Carolina can help a person to ensure that he or she receives all of the benefits to which he or she is entitled.

Source: Rutland Herald, Understanding Workers Comp, John W. Valente, Nov. 18, 2013

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