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Work accident, illness cases increasing in North Carolina

When an employee says goodbye to family, leaves the house and goes to work, it is normal to believe that he or she will return home in good health at the end of the day. However, sometimes this doesn't happen due to a work illness or work accident in North Carolina. The problem in today's society is that fewer labor department judges are available to handle the rising number of caseloads involving employees who become sick in the workplace.

Many individuals who work with machinery where they breathe in fumes and dust may develop illnesses such as hard-metal disease, which is an unusual lung problem. The problem is that the number of administrative law judges in the labor department has been decreasing. At the same time, the number of workers' compensation claims have been skyrocketing.

Specifically, the number of pending cases during the past five years has increased by a whopping 134 percent. In such situations, those who are physically ill may end up with a settlement that is lower than what he or she is truly entitled to, considering his or her physical state. This is particularly true because medical bills can total hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the situation, and workers who are too ill to work may be financially desperate.

Businesses have to buy insurance that covers a worker who falls ill or experiences a work accident while laboring in the workplace. If an employee does end up filing a workers' compensation claim, he or she cannot be terminated simply for doing so in North Carolina. When pursuing this type of claim, he or she certainly has the right to fight for his or her best interests in order to get the amount of benefits deserved and needed in order to cover lost wages and work injury-related medical expenses.

Source: truth-out.org, Rising Caseload, Fewer Labor Department Judges Triggers Painful Mix for Suffering Laborers, Jim Morris, Dec. 23, 2013

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