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Hurt construction worker could benefit from workers' compensation

A person can go years on the job without being hurt and then suddenly fall or have a machinery-related accident that leads to serious injuries. This one incident, unfortunately, could result in physical discomfort as well as financial discomfort if the person can’t work normally for several weeks or months. Workers' compensation insurance benefits are helpful for enabling an injured worker in North Carolina to cope with the physical and financial difficulties inherent in a job-related accident.

One man in a different state recently suffered injuries following an accident at a construction site. With the help of firefighters, the injured man had to be cautiously lowered from a platform that was 80 feet high on a bridge, authorities said. He was put into a rescue basket before being lowered by use of a crane.

The incident happened after 1 p.m. on a recent Thursday. It wasn’t immediately clear how the employee ended up getting hurt. The injuries were not life-threatening, authorities reported. Construction on the bridge where the accident happened had been taking place during most of the month of June.

Employers are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance so that their employees are taken care of if they are hurt or become sick while at work. Sometimes, injured employees are afraid they won’t get all of the benefits they need, or they receive resistance from employers regarding their workers' compensation claims. Seeking help to gain an understanding of the applicable laws and procedures may help to boost these workers’ chances of acquiring the benefits they’re entitled to receive in North Carolina.

Source:, "Injured construction worker rescued from Patroon Island Bridge", Bryan Fitzgerald, June 19, 2014

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