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Workers' compensation and the independent medical examination

If you've been injured in a workplace accident, then you're probably concerned not only about your physical recovery, but also about your financial stability. An unexpected on-the-job injury or illness can knock you out of work for a significant period of time, thereby forcing you to forego much needed wages and incur significant medical and rehabilitative costs. Fortunately, workers' compensation is available to injured workers, but these individuals need to be aware of how the law applies to these situations so that they can pursue benefits as aggressively as possible.

What is a "repetitive stress injury"?

Conversations regarding workers' compensation injuries often involve discussions of what are commonly known as "repetitive stress injuries." There are multiple different types of jobs that could cause these issues, and the symptoms may manifest in a few different areas. So, what exactly is a repetitive stress injury, and how do you know if you have one?

U.S. meatpacking workers suffering high rates of injury

Almost 15 years ago, the Human Rights Watch organization began documenting and investigating the abuse of the rights of workers in the United States meat and poultry industries. What they found was disturbing, to say the least. These workers present some of the highest rates in the country of workplace injury and illness.

Construction, transportation lead state in workplace fatalities

Accidents can happen in any kind of workplace, but some kinds of workplaces are more hazardous than others. A worker can suffer a broken arm after tripping and falling at an office building, but tripping and falling at a construction site can easily lead to much worse injuries. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the deadliest industries in North Carolina are private construction, transportation and warehousing.

Dealing with the disruption caused by an on-the-job injury

Most people in North Carolina who get up and leave for work in the morning expect to return to the same place they left: home, safe and sound. However, there are many people who face daily danger on the jobsites they visit. Some workers are aware of the dangers they face and attempt to take the proper precautions. Others, like office workers, don't think of their work environments as being unsafe. Unfortunately, across the spectrum, injuries can occur on-the-job and can disrupt life in a major way.

What is a herniated disc?

A person's backbone is made up of several smaller bones called vertebrae, all of which surround the spinal cord, which is arguably the most important nerve in the body. To prevent the vertebrae from rubbing against each other, there are softer tissues between the vertebrae called discs. These discs work a lot like the brake pads on one's car in that they prevent the wear and tear of two hard substances grating against each other. A herniated disc is a common type of back injury that probably affects many people in the Charlotte area.

The costliest types of work-related accidents

There are many ways workers in Charlotte can get hurt while on the job. However, statistics show that there are some common causes of workplace injury accidents. While an insurance carrier compiled these statistics, the information comes from a variety of sources, including the federal government and a think tank. According to these statistics, the primary source of workers' compensation and related costs involve accidents with lifting or otherwise moving objects. These claims cost over $13 billion a year.

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