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Understanding the impact of traumatic brain injuries on workers

Traumatic brain injuries can be both serious and costly to treat. In addition to the significant impact a traumatic brain injury (TBI) suffered on the job can have on the injured worker, TBIs can also place a substantial burden on the worker's family. Many TBI injuries require a prolonged recovery, which can be a burden to both the injured worker and family members tasked with the care of the injured worker.

Understanding the basics of the workers' compensation program

At its most basic level, workers' compensation benefits are designed to protect workers who are injured on the job. Workers' compensation benefits are intended to ensure that injured or disabled workers receive monetary assistance and financial compensation, instead of forcing then to bring a legal claim for damages against an employer. Workers' compensation death benefits for surviving family members are designed to also provide protections for surviving family members of workers who are killed on the job or die as a result of a work-related illness.

New OSHA reporting rules for North Carolina organizations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new guidelines that are part of an effort to prevent future injuries from occurring by improving data, which is expected to help identify trends and common workplace hazards. Previous to the update, employers only had to report hospitalizations and fatalities that involved three or more workers. Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, OSHA is requiring that all employers report work-related hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours and fatalities within eight hours of the employer being informed of the incident.

How can workers' compensation help me?

Workers injured on the job in North Carolina may wonder what options are available to help them and their families during what may be a difficult road ahead. Although additional resources may be available depending on the circumstances, one common option to assist workers harmed on the job is workers' compensation insurance. Workers' compensation insurance is insurance carrier by employers for the benefit of employees harmed on-the-job.

Back injuries and North Carolina workers' compensation claims

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.

Are these professions worth the risk for North Carolina workers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, 3.2 fatal workplace injuries happened for every 100,000 people in the population. In total, 4,628 workers were fatally injured on the job, which is consistent with the yearly average of 4,500 to 6,500 fatal injuries each year. With that in mind, let's take a look at five risky professions to see how they compare to these numbers.

Truck injures construction worker on North Carolina highway

Authorities report that a truck accident on Interstate 85 in Randolph County injured a construction worker. The June 26 incident reportedly happened nearby the exit ramp of Finch Farm Road by mile marker 108. According to reports, a construction truck backed up and mistakenly drove over a 25-year-old construction worker as the man was repairing a guard rail. A medical helicopter transported the injured worker to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment of unknown injuries. However, it was reported that the worker was conscious and alert when he was in the hospital emergency room.

Workplace design functionality

Several types of workplace injuries result from continual stress or cumulative-trauma disorders. A North Carolina worker with poor posture or joint position while repeatedly performing a task can cause undue stress and consequent injury to an otherwise healthy joint. Inferior workstation design and repeated task performance can prove detrimental to an office worker's health.

Workers' compensation can help prevent future financial issues

The truth is that some people don’t consider themselves to be litigious or are reluctant to seek the advice of an attorney for something that they technically could do on their own. We aren’t saying that to judge the validity of the opinion in any way, we mention it because this belief may hinder some people from seeking and obtaining the maximum benefits that they are actually entitled to receive.

Work accident causes injury to Amtrak station worker

A person may leave the house and head to another normal day at work in North Carolina. Little does he or she know that the day could be far from normal. A work accident can cause physical harm and cause the employee to require medical help. When these types of emergencies happen, the worker may naturally be concerned about his or her ability to stay on top of the household finances as well as heal from any injuries.

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