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Work accident at snowboard park causes injury to employee

Doing a job can be challenging yet fun if the employee truly enjoys the work he or she is doing. However, getting injured on the job in North Carolina can quickly take the joy out of doing any kind of work, leaving the person wondering how to pay the bills while recovering from the injury. Workers' compensation fortunately was created to help injured workers to reclaim the money they thought they lost due to a work accident.

In a recent case in another state, a 17-year-old employee was working at a snowboarding park. He suddenly became caught in a tow, which is a system used to pull snowboarders up a hill. The accident happened on one of the park's beginner hills.

The employee was stuck for an hour before authorities were able to set him free. He suffered injuries as a result of the afternoon accident. He was transported to the hospital. Officials continued to investigate the accident.

Accidents are sometimes inevitable, especially when employees are working with machinery or other dangerous devices. Even slips, trips or falls can occur in any job setting. Employers in North Carolina are generally required to purchase insurance that offers state regulated insurance benefits to those who are hurt on the job as a result of a work accident. The injured worker may be entitled to receive benefits no matter who was at fault in the accident and has the right to pursue all of the applicable workers' compensation benefits. Qualified workers are entitled to reimbursement of medical expenses and related costs, as well as a lost income package for any time missed from work while recovering.

Source: Chicago Tribune, Worker, 17, injured at Algonquin snowboard park, No author, March 3, 2014

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