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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.

What are an employer's workers' compensation responsibilities?

It is important for both employers and employees to understand health and safety rules help protect employees in all types of occupations. Specifically, if an employee is injured, depending on the circumstances of the injury, the employee might be entitled to benefits. There are obligations of employers related to workers' compensation coverage in North Carolina. Both employers and employees may, from time to time, wonder what an employer's workers' compensation responsibilities in North Carolina are.

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.

Common workplace injuries

Staying safe on the job is important for workers in North Carolina. Unsafe workplace conditions can lead to injuries that require expensive hospital treatments and lengthy recovery times. A worker who suffers an injury while on the job may be entitled to a workers' compensation claim that may pay for the entirety of their medical expenses.

Workplace illnesses and workers' compensation

When most people in North Carolina think about workers' compensation, they think of scenarios in which a worker is physically injured on the job through an accident. The state's workers' compensation laws also provide for benefits in situations in which a worker has contracted certain illnesses due to exposure on the job, however.

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.

1 North Carolina worker killed, 2 others injured

One construction worker was killed and two others were injured by a car accident that occurred in Morganton on Sept. 19. The incident happened around 4:30 a.m. on Interstate 40 near Highway 18. The three workers were paving the roadway within a construction work zone when they were struck by a westbound Ford pickup truck driven by a 37-year-old man.

Steam boiler burns North Carolina man at mill

While working on a steam boiler with another employee during the afternoon of Aug. 5, a North Carolina man suffered burns to his thumb and arm, including his elbow. The workplace injury occurred in Catawba at the Resolute Forest Products mill. The man was reportedly wearing protective gear and used a safety shower to rinse himself off after being burned. He still required medical attention and was taken to a nearby hospital in Chapel Hill.

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