You have worked hard all your life, and a workplace injury should not throw you and your family into bankruptcy. Not being able to work after an injury is terrifying. You are not alone. The workers’ compensation laws of our state exist to help injured workers just like yourself.
Contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to discuss your legal options after suffering a North Carolina on-the-job injury.
Careers Prone to Workplace Injuries
On the job injuries can affect a wide variety of workers with varying levels of skills and education. Workplace injuries are not just limited to labor-intensive, blue collar jobs as many people may assume. The following occupations have a high frequency of on-the-job injuries:
- Construction workers
- Bus drivers
- Truck drivers
- Taxi drivers
- Nurses, nursing aides and orderlies
- Police officers
- Fire fighters
- Food servers
- Dental hygienists
- Sales workers; specifically, those who must drive on the job
- Janitors and maids
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Common Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
A workplace injury can be a result of many things, including repetitive movements over an extended period of time, slip and fall accidents, heavy lifting, toppling objects and faulty equipment. Some of the most common on the job injuries include:
- Bruises and contusions
- Cuts and lacerations
- Sprains and strains
- Carpal tunnel
- Back and spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
In 2010, there were 4,547 workplace fatalities. That translates to 12 deaths a day. Almost 20 percent of these fatalities were in the construction industry and the majority of these deaths were preventable. If a loved one has died due to a workplace injury, their dependents may be eligible to collect wrongful death damages. Contact our workers’ compensation attorneys today to begin exploring your legal options.
Additionally, workers can sometimes encounter toxic chemicals and substances in their work environment, often causing serious illnesses and diseases. Common workplace illnesses include mesothelioma, asbestosis, chemical poisoning, occupational asthma and infectious diseases.
North Carolina Workplace Injury Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has been injured at the workplace or has developed an occupational disease, you may be able to file a workplace injury lawsuit to recover compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. Lewis & Keller is experienced at handling workplace injury claims.