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Workers' compensation law may be amended in favor of victims

A work environment should be one that is safe and secure, where employees can simply focus on the tasks to which they are assigned. If your job is not a typical day at the office behind a desk, but it is physically demanding, your chances of being injured are arguably greater.

Either way, it is important to understand your rights when it comes to workers’ compensation. A workplace accident, such as a head or back injury, toxic exposure or occupational disease, often entitles you to workers’ compensation benefits.

In the event of a related problem, injury victims could require rehabilitation, endure significant medical expenses, and even experience lost wages. When the company for which you work is technically at fault, this is especially unjust.

If you or someone you know has sustained an injury in a workplace environment, seeking professional guidance is always recommended. A legal professional can offer helpful advice to help ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.

Recently, a state representative raised the issue in the North Carolina House of Representatives regarding the lack of financial compensation adjustments to the state’s workers’ compensation law. The amount available to workers who are injured on the job has apparently not changed since the 1980s.

Given the cost of medical appointments and surgeries today, a cap of $20,000 for the loss or impairment of an organ or body part no longer suffices for many people. A house committee is working to amend the law to give injured workers up to $41,600 in compensation, which would account for the effects of inflation.

Source: WRAL, “Bill could raise compensation for severely injured workers,” Mark Binker, June 4, 2014

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