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Workers' compensation can help injured construction workers

Although machinery can cause injuries and quickly hamper a person's ability to work in the North Carolina construction field, falls are also a common concern. A work accident involving a fall took place recently at a residential construction site in another state. After such an incident, workers' compensation benefits may be necessary in order for the worker to have the money required to live while healing from the bodily damage sustained.

In the recent scenario, the man fell almost 20 feet from a home where construction work was being done. He was on the roof of a gazebo when the accident took place in the afternoon. As a result of the fall, the man suffered injuries to his head and neck, which could leave him with life-altering effects.

The employee fell onto rocks in the area. This caused many vertebrae in his neck to break. In addition, his skull was fractured as a result of the incident. Federal government health and safety administration officials received word of the accident and are investigating the matter.

Employers in North Carolina are obligated to purchase workers' compensation insurance for their employees, so those who are injured while on the job are eligible for these benefits. Awarded benefits may help with medical care as well as replace a portion of one's lost earnings. Being familiar with the law can help injured workers to protect their legal rights in such a situation. With quality legal guidance, individuals in North Carolina can maximize their compensation for work-related injuries under our state laws.

Source:, "Construction worker falls, serious injuries reported", Justin Pottle, April 24, 2014

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