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A variety of injuries fall under workers' compensation benefits

There are a variety of different workplaces in North Carolina. Some people work with heavy machinery, some sit at a computer all day while others rush headlong into dangerous situations as first responders. Regardless of the type of employment, all workers are at risk of suffering a work-related injury. Fortunately, many are covered by workers' compensation insurance benefits to help them cope with the costs associated with an injury suffered during the course of completing their job-related responsibilities.

Workers' comp can help employees cope with the lost wages and medical bills associated with an illness or injury caused by their work. For example, benefits would likely cover a sprained ankle in a fall, lung cancer as a result of inhaling secondhand smoke in a restaurant or carpal tunnel that develops after spending hours at a computer. These benefits also cover those who suffer mental harm, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder if related to experiences at work.

An injury does not have to occur on company property to be considered work-related. For example, those injured at a social event sponsored by the company at a restaurant likely still qualify for workers' comp benefits. Additionally, those injured as they travel for their job or attend lunch with a client, for examples, are may also qualify for compensation. An injured employee may also receive compensation if he or she was violating safety rules or engaging in "horseplay," but this may vary according to state law.

When people in North Carolina are injured at work, they likely have several concerns, including how they will pay their medical bills or meet their other needs while they miss time to recover. Fortunately, workers' compensation insurance benefits can provide for both of these. Because injured workers often want nothing more than to focus on their recovery and the compensation process is often complicated, many seek help from an experienced attorney.

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