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WMSDs may be covered under workers' compensation benefits

Strain and sprains are common injuries among construction workers in North Carolina and elsewhere. These injuries, known as work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD), can affect muscles, joints, nerves and tendons. Such injuries can be expensive to treat and may result in an employee needing to take extended time away from work. Thankfully, WMSDs may be covered by workers' compensation benefits.

According to a recent report, even though the number of employees suffering work-related injuries has decreased over the last several decades, construction workers are still at high risk of experiencing WMSDs. These injuries often occur due to overexertion, bending, frequent exposure to vibration, twisting and poor posture. The part of the body most affected is believed to be the back.

According to a recent study, overall, the number of WMSDs experienced by construction workers has decreased. However, for construction workers between the ages of 55 and 64, who have been employed in their field for at least five years, the number of WMSDs have increased approximately 11.5 percent since the early 1990s. When this type of injury occurs, the average person misses 13 days of work which can do significant financial harm on top of the physical damage already done.

Construction employers are doing more to help prevent WMSDs, but obviously these types of injuries are still a very significant problem. Those in North Carolina who have suffered work-related musculoskeletal disorders can apply for workers' compensation benefits to help cover the cost of care, recovery and other losses that may result. Those whose benefits are denied or cut off prematurely can seek legal assistance in order to fight for full benefits.

Source:, "Construction workers still at high risk for strains and sprains", Jan. 17, 2017

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