In the winter of 2004, a teenager named Nathan Copeland was in a car wreck that rendered him tetraplegic - that is, unable to move his four limbs. His physicians assumed he would never be able to reverse the effects of paralysis and regain sensation. However, thanks to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh, he is achieving exactly that.
What happens if you have healed from your workers compensation injury, but you still have severe pain? Say for instance you fell from a ladder and tore your ACL. After surgery and weeks of physical therapy, you are nearly healed, but you still have severe pain that keeps you from doing your job. The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act provides that your employer may be required to offer you medical treatment that lessens your period of disability, brings about a cure of your injury, or provides you "relief."
In North Carolina, injuries that do not occur in the course of employment might not be compensable. The phrase "in the course of employment" has a specific meaning when applied to a workers compensation case. Sometimes, an employee is acting in the course of his/her employment, even when the employee was doing something that he/she was specifically forbidden to do. For example, an employee could have a compensable accident if he/she was hurt while disobeying the instructions of a superior, if the forbidden action provided some benefit to the employer. See Hoyle v. Isenhour Brick & Tile Co., 306 N.C. 248, 251, 293 S.E.2d 196, 198 (1982). If your employer has told you that you are not entitled to benefits because you were not acting in the course of your employment when you were injured, you should contact a North Carolina Workers Compensation attorney promptly. This is a complex area of the law, and only an experienced attorney can help you determine whether you will be entitled to compensation. If you have any questions, please contact John or Christian at the law firm of Ayers, Whitlow, Dressler by calling (704) 377-5050.
Many activities involved in construction require licensing by employees and employers. North Carolina laws have been put in place for construction companies to ensure that they have trained employees who are capable of handling complex machinery and able to operate construction vehicles.
Still recovering from his workplace injuries, a 49-year-old construction worker has hired an attorney to file a notice of claim for him. The construction accident happened when a retaining wall gave way, pinning the man against a truck and concrete.
Questions concerning the safety of a company’s work practices arose recently when six construction workers were buried under the falling debris of collapsed scaffolding at a jobsite in the Midwest. Investigators at the scene conclude the winds most likely played a factor, but their concern focused on two central issues. The plastic covering the scaffolding, which was designed to serve as a shield against the elements of nature, could have served as a sail, pulling the scaffolding loose from its moorings. Investigators also wish to know whether the scaffolding was secured to the building, and if so, how it was secured. The company has reportedly refused to comment.
While dealing with heavy machinery and specialized tools, construction work can sometimes carry significant risks to workers. If proper safety conditions are not met or are ignored completely, accidents resulting in serious injury may occur to even the most seasoned construction workers. Recently, a falling pipe at a North Carolina work site resulted in a construction accident that killed a man who'd worked in the construction field for over a decade.
A tragic construction accident in North Carolina resulted in the death of a young worker. The young man fell to his death from scaffolding at a local building project, and he died at the scene of the construction accident. There is no indication of the nature of his fatal injuries.
We have recently discussed the different types of jobs in North Carolina that may pose risk to employees. It is often assumed that many of these seemingly risky jobs are dangerous and there's no way to get around the risk. Contrary to what one may think, many of these presumed dangerous jobs are not in fact as dangerous as assumed when proper safety guidelines are enforced. One construction accident has recently left a 62-year-old man dead, and may leave his loved ones with the option of filing a claim for survivor's benefits through workers' compensation.
There are specific guidelines set in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to prevent North Carolina workers from being involved in a construction accident. When protocols are not followed, hefty fines can be a result. A company in another state had been under an investigation from OSHA, resulting in fines totaling over $50,000. Two of the fines were the result of deaths at the workplace, while the other fine was the result of a serious injury after a construction accident.