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Workers Comp Articles

Legal Responsibilities of Construction Companies in N.C. for Worker’s Compensation

North Carolina requires construction companies to have worker's compensation for all employees to ensure that they can receive monetary support if someone injures themselves on the job. However, if you seek worker's compensation without the help of an experienced attorney, you run the risk of not getting the full benefits you deserve or, worse -- receiving none at all. I'm A Contractor. Do I Still Qualify For Worker's Compensation? Working in the construction industry presents more danger than many other jobs. Because of this, the state of North Carolina requires construction companies to uphold a duty of safety to their employees. Employers, site...

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What to do If You Suspect You Have an Occupational Illness

Perhaps you have a perpetual cough, a rash that covers your body, or worse, a cancer diagnosis, and you're worried your sickness came from your job. Suppose you suspect you have an occupational illness. In that case, legal action (for workers’ compensation because of an occupational disease) can help you recover monetary compensation to pay for treatment and reimburse any lost wages you suffered because of missed work due to the illness. What Is Considered An Occupational Illness? If you suspect you have an occupational illness, first, it's essential to find out if, legally, your disease is considered work-related and often covered. Workers'...

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Do I Want My Case to Go To Trial?

When you're involved in a personal injury or worker's compensation lawsuit, you want the biggest payout possible to compensate for your injuries. But does that mean you want your case to go to trial? Keep in mind that more than 90 percent of personal injury cases are settled before going to trial, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Do I Want My Workers Compensation Case To Go To Trial? A trial can pose a significant risk or a big reward when you sue for workers' compensation. A jury might find the defendant not guilty in creating circumstances that contributed to your...

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Protecting the Elderly From Slip and Fall Dangers

When an elderly person slips and falls, the repercussions of the injury can cause life-long limitations and stunt their independence. Knowing the risks and then what to do if someone you love does fall can help stop a bad situation from getting worse. What Are Some Slip And Fall Dangers For The Elderly? When an older adult is out and about around town, conditions on someone else's or a businesses' property may pose risks. While getting around, a wet floor, narrow staircase, changes in flooring, poor lighting, torn carpeting, or other dangerous conditions can cause a fall. If this accident happens on...

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Can a Death From COVID be Considered a Wrongful Death?

More than 3.1 million people have died as a result of COVID-19. For some, they'll never know how they contracted the virus, but for others, the source is clear, and they may even have contracted it at work. If your loved one died due to COVID-19, and the conditions they contracted the virus under were not up to safety protocols, you may be wondering if their passing can be considered a wrongful death. Can I Sue If My Loved One Died Of COVID-19 They Contracted At Work? Usually, if someone dies due to an accident or disease contracted at work, the deceased's worker's...

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Common Reasons For Being Denied a Worker’s Compensation Claim

If you injured yourself while at work, you’re probably hoping your company's insurance will approve your worker’s compensation claim to supplement your income and pay for any medical bills. However, insurance companies frequently deny worker’s compensation claims for a variety of common reasons. If you learn those reasons and work with a personal injury attorney before submitting your claim, you’ll increase your chances of having your claim approved. What Are Some Common Reasons Insurance Companies Deny A Worker’s Compensation Claim? Worker’s compensation claims frequently get denied for many reasons that you can altogether avoid. Some common reasons insurance companies deny a worker’s compensation claim...

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Your Rights if You Have to Miss Work From a Serious Illness

Dealing with a serious illness comes with a slew of doctor's appointments, medical treatments, bills, and much-needed recovery time. For employed people who suffer from a serious illness, also juggling work can cause anxiety about your career's future and your income. Know that when you suffer from a serious illness and need to miss work, you have rights that protect you. What Constitutes A Serious Illness? Before understanding your rights around paid leave, it's essential to distinguish if your illness is considered serious by the Federal government. Your illness will be classified as serious if: • your treatment or recovery time requires an inpatient stay at...

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Contracted COVID-19 at Work: Are You Entitled to Workers Compensation?

COVID-19 has caught the entire planet off guard. The speed with which this deadly disease has spread across the globe is truly unprecedented. And, as is the way with much of the inner workings of the law, the adoption and implementation of appropriate measures and legislation to deal with those affected by the disease has been slow and often maddeningly chaotic. It is extremely difficult to keep up with the changes because they are unfolding almost by the minute. And so it is with Worker's Compensation law. The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act as drafted with the idea that it would...

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