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February 2016 Archives

Mental Injuries Under the Workers' Compensation Act

Mental injuries by accident are covered under the North Carolina Workers Compensation Act. Mental impairments are compensable as long as the resulting disability meets the statutory requirements, namely injury by accident or occupational disease requirements. 

Upper Extremities

The inability to use one or both hands to perform fine and gross movements can very seriously impact an individual's ability to perform substantial work activity. To be able to use the upper extremities effectively, an individual must be able to reach, push, pull, grasp and finger. Difficulty in performing activities such as preparing a simple meal, sort and handle papers or files on a consistent basis are a couple of indicators of a severe problem. In addition, the presence of pain at an occasional and severe level that limits this type of activity must also be considered by SSA.

Does your work injury qualify you for workers' compensation?

Did you suffer a work injury while on the job in North Carolina? Has your workplace injury left you unable to return to work, facing mounting medical bills and unsure of your financial future? If you answered yes to both questions, your work injury may qualify you for workers' compensation.

How do you appeal a North Carolina workers' compensation denial?

If you were injured in a workplace accident in North Carolina that resulted in medical expenses and lost wages, you may need financial assistance to prevent unnecessary burdens from being placed on your family. For most injured workers in the state, this assistance comes in the form of workers' compensation. Unfortunately, instead of receiving the assistance they need, some injured workers receive denials of benefits, leaving them wondering how to appeal workers' compensation denials.

Workplace accidents involving cranes all too common

Crane-related accidents have been seen in the news all too often both in and outside of North Carolina. Many of these workplace accidents result in serious injuries to construction workers or bystanders, and many even prove fatal. One recent crane accident that occurred in another state is yet another reminder to everyone about the dangers associated with cranes and construction sites in general.

Arthritic Diseases

Arthritis is the most common type of arthritic condition affecting the musculoskeletal system. In evaluating osteoarthritis, the Social Security Administration looks at the impact of the disease on an individual's ability to function, i.e., stand, walk, use of hands. A significant limitation in the ability to do one or more of these functions can substantially decrease the potential number of jobs available in the national economy. Though not required, the use of an assistive device such as a cane, walker or wheelchair is one factor that is considered.

Loss of Function in Musculoskeletal System

Under the Social Security Regulations, loss of function may be due to bone or joint deformity or destruction from any cause; miscellaneous disorders of the spine with or without radiculopathy or other neurological deficits; amputation, or fractures or soft tissue injuries, including burns that require prolonged periods of immobility or convalescence. For inflammatory conditions the loss of function is due to an inflammation of peripheral joints that result in significant reduction in ability to perform expected activities.

Helping victims after motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina

In North Carolina, as in all states, countless drivers and passengers are injured on the roadways each year in preventable accidents with a variety of causes. In many cases, distracted drivers are found to have been at fault for these motor vehicle accidents and this trend does not seem to be abating. Were you injured by a distracted driver? If so, you have rights.

Neoplastic Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System

Neoplastic diseases include cancer and other tumors. These can include bone or muscle tumors or tumors of other systems of the body that affect the multiple musculoskeletal system. Metabolic diseases such as diabetes mellitus can also affect the musculoskeletal system as can other diseases that limit circulation.

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