When you go to work every morning, you are likely not thinking about the various things that could cause you harm. You probably do your job with little to no concern about the specific risks you could be facing, simply because you are trying to meet the requirements of your employment. In reality, most North Carolina workers do not think about the potential impact of a work injury until they’ve already experienced one and are considering what they should do next.
The aftermath of workplace injuries can be complex, and you may find it beneficial to know ahead of time what you need to do in the event of an injury. If you plan to file a workers’ compensation claim, knowing how to proceed is critical to a successful claim. Workplace injuries can happen for various reasons, and you never know when you may need to seek benefits.
Even with the implementation of safety standards and other efforts to decrease accidents, workplace injuries still happen. Some of the most common types of workplace injuries include those that happen due to the following reasons:
- Overexertion and muscle strains caused by repetitive motion, lifting heavy objects and more
- Slips, trips and falls caused by slippery floors, unmarked hazards or uneven surfaces
- Struck by objects, such as moving vehicles, heavy equipment or pushed into a hard surface
- Exposure to harmful chemicals or substances, possibly leading to illness and health complications
- Violence or assault from a co-worker or third party
- Explosions, fires or electrical accidents caused by faulty wiring or other issues
Injuries in the workplace are much more than just an inconvenience. Those who suffer injuries in workplace accidents or become ill due to the nature of their jobs could have grounds to pursue benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. You have the right to seek a full and fair recovery regardless of the circumstances of your accident.
Seeking the benefits you need
If you believe you could have grounds for a workers’ compensation claim, it is in your interests to move quickly to seek the support you need to get better and move forward after a workplace accident. An assessment of your case will help you understand the specific legal options available to you and how you can build a strong case for benefits. The specific types of benefits available to you depend on the details of your injuries, what you need for recovery and more.