Different resources and options may be available to workers who have been injured while on the job or suffered an occupational illness. Workers who have suffered a debilitating injury or illness that may prevent them from working for a period of time longer than a typical workers' compensation claim may wonder what resources and options are available to them.
North Carolina workers and employers alike have good cause to assess personal and workplace habits as they relate to the risk of strain in the lower back. For workers, a pulled muscle or damage to tendons and ligaments is extremely painful, and it places them at increased risk of future back injury. For North Carolina employers, the financial cost is steep, with lower-back injuries representing more sick days than the cold. In fact, workers' compensation reportedly pays out an estimated $11 billion annually for lower-back issues. Study results reported by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health can provide focus on ways to reduce the risk.