Common Workplace Injuries
Workplace accidents and injuries happen every day. No matter what business or industry you are in, you are not immune from an on-the-job injury. Any kind of accident, from a fall to a work-related car accident, can leave an employee seriously injured and in need of workers compensation benefits. A workplace injury could result in weeks or months of recovery, stacks of hospital and doctor bills, and lost income. Do not let a workplace injury rob you and your family of your future. Contact our North Carolina work injury attorneys for legal assistance today.
Our goal is to help you understand and obtain all of the workers compensation benefits that you deserve for your injury or illness. The North Carolina State Bar certified firm attorneys Adam Smith and Chris Brantley are certified specialists in workers compensation law. That designation means that they have met education requirements and passed a challenging exam and that they have had their competence and qualifications verified by other lawyers. In addition, they have had substantial hands-on experience with negotiating and appealing workers compensation claims for our clients.
Why You Need Riddle & Brantley
As an injured employee, you may have a right to workers’ compensation insurance benefits. Those benefits may cover your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages. Family members of workers involved in fatal workplace accidents may also be entitled to benefits for the income they will lose.
Although you may be entitled to those benefits, it does not mean you will automatically get them. Your employer may dispute or deny your workers’ comp claim, which could delay payments or dash your claim altogether.
Technical problems with your claim application can further harm your chances to claim your benefits. Riddle & Brantley’s Jacksonville workers compensation attorneys can help keep that from happening to you or your loved one. We know North Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws and how the N.C. Industrial Commission runs the state’s program. Our goal is to help you understand and obtain all of the workers’ comp benefits that you deserve for your injury or illness.
Firm partner Chris Brantley and Adam Smith are certified by the North Carolina State Bar as specialists in workers’ compensation law. That designation means that they have met education requirements and passed a challenging exam and that they have had their competence and qualifications verified by other lawyers.
In addition, they have had substantial hands-on experience with appealing workers’ compensation claims for Riddle & Brantley clients.
What Occupations Have a Higher Risk of Workplace Injuries?
Accidents that lead to serious injury can occur in any work environment, but some occupations carry specific risks. These risks, although expected, are no excuse to be limited from compensation for the victims. Any occupation has a risk for a workplace injury, but some have a higher likelihood of an accident.
- Construction – Workers often work in dangerous conditions around power tools, heavy machinery and equipment, dangerous chemicals, and open sources of electricity and heat or open flame.
- Manufacturing – Manufacturing plants, often noisy and unclean, environments with non-stop machinery running. Depending on the industry, workers face injury by machinery or exposed to toxic chemicals or sources of radiation.
- Motor vehicle accidents – When driving or riding in a motor vehicle is part of a job duty and you are in an accident, or you are hit by a motor vehicle while on the job, you may be eligible to receive workers compensation benefits. You may also have a claim against the other driver in addition to the workers comp case.
- State and municipal work – Law enforcement personnel, emergency responders, utility workers and government workers experience violence or exposure to dangerous conditions.
What Are Common Types of Workplace Injuries?
Many workplace injuries go unreported. Employers may try to avoid paying additional compensation for damages if they possibly can. Therefore, you should always consult with a lawyer after any kind of workplace accident. If you have sustained any of the following injuries in connection with your occupational duties, then you may qualify for workers compensation benefits:
- Crushing injuries – Heavy falling objects or large machinery typically causes crush injuries such as severe muscle and nerve damage, broken bones and traumatic amputations.
- Musculoskeletal disorders – Musculoskeletal disorders may include a stiff or sore back and neck, sore shoulders, knees or hips, and/or joint pain and inflammation. Work environments also may lead to broken bones, strains and even arthritis.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome – Those who suffer carpal tunnel may feel numbness, tingling, weakness, or debilitating muscle damage in the hands and fingers. Typing on a computer keyboard is a common cause of carpal tunnel.
- Loss of vision – About 2,000 American workers suffer a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Loss of hearing – Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. North Carolina has very specific guidelines setting forth the rules for determining compensability and benefits of hearing loss claims.
- Head and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) – A recent study said the leading causes of occupational brain injury deaths were motor vehicle accidents, falls, assaults and other acts of violence, and contact with objects/equipment.
- Major burns – Fire, explosion, electrical current, chemicals or radiation may cause a major burn injury. Third- and fourth-degree burns are medical emergencies that can easily be fatal, particularly if they occur over a large portion of the victim’s body.
- Work-related death – Sometimes wrongful death occurs as a result of an on the job accident; common fatal accidents include vehicle crashes, falls from heights, or other industry related accidents.
How Can North Carolina Attorneys Help?
As an injured employee, you may have a right to workers compensation insurance benefits. Those benefits may cover your medical expenses and a large portion of your lost wages. Family members of workers involved in fatal workplace accidents could also receive benefits for the income they will lose. Although you may be entitled to those benefits, it does not mean you will automatically get them. Your employer’s insurance carrier may dispute or deny your workers compensation claim, which could delay payments or dash your claim altogether.
When you are denied benefits or feel as though you did not recover what you deserve, then you may need to contact an experienced legal team. An attorney who has experience settling cases for victims of workplace accidents will know how to identify liability and understand the laws that exist in North Carolina.
Among many workers’ comp cases we have successfully pursued was the case of a client who contracted carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome (caused by pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow). He developed these occupational injuries due to repetitive stress while on the job.
Our client underwent multiple surgical procedures to treat the conditions, but still developed chronic regional pain syndrome. This required extensive physical therapy and pain management, which included a trial of a spinal cord stimulator implant.
After two and half years of disability compensation payments and payment of all medical expenses, followed by mediation, we obtained a final settlement of $500,000 for our client.
Disclaimer: Please note that these results are intended to illustrate the type of matters handled by our firm, and not all the firm’s results are listed. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.
Contact Our Attorneys
If you sustain one or more of the common workplace injuries and you believe it was caused by working conditions or an occupational accident, then we would like to discuss your case and see if we can help you. Riddle & Brantley’s Raleigh workers compensation attorneys have years of experience when it comes to work injury claims. Furthermore, attorneys Chris Brantley and Adam Smith are board-certified as workers comp specialists.
Contact us today for a free consultation about your workers compensation claim. We may be able to help you obtain a better benefit with less delay than you can on your own.