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Injured employee may seek workers' compensation benefits

Danger can lurk behind any corner at work, particularly if people are employed in hazardous situations. However, seemingly safe work environments in North Carolina also can pose dangers. For instance, a worker may unexpectedly fall on the premises, or a random object could strike them accidentally. No matter who is at fault in such situations, whether it is the company or perhaps even the employee, workers' compensation benefits are designed to help an injured worker to be covered financially -- especially when he or she cannot work for a time.

In one recent out-of-state case, a man suffered injuries after a gas can exploded while he was on the job. The incident occurred at an auto body shop when he was using a torch. The gas can suddenly burst.

Authorities reportedly believe that debris from the process of using a torch on a vehicle caused the blast. The worker said he attempted to extinguish the fire but was unable to do so. The explosion damaged four cars in the vicinity and caused the man to suffer second-degree burns. He was transported to the hospital.

When work accidents happen, the consequences can be life-altering. Workers may find that they cannot report to work as normal, and they might worry about being able to keep up with their bills as well as affording the medical treatments required following the accident. These injured employees certainly have the right to pursue all of the North Carolina workers' compensation benefits which may be due to them in this situation.

Source: The Advocate, Auto body shop worker injured in gas can explosion, No author, March 23, 2014

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