Posted on April 19th, 2013
Workers are injured at their places of work because the immediate environment in which they work exposes them to certain dangers. Known as “occupational hazards,” all workers face at least some form of danger in this regard. Depending on the job that a person has, the type of injuries that they may suffer from will vary.
One common cause of employee injuries stems from carrying or lifting heavy objects. People in construction, the food industry, mail and delivery, and many other career fields may be exposed to this type of danger. As a result, it is critical that those who are required to lift heavy objects in their line of work exercise caution in their jobs.
Another common way in which an employee can get hurt is if he or she uses equipment incorrectly. This is often a problem in factories and production facilities. For example, a worker who isn’t appropriately cautious in using cutting tools can end up cutting themselves instead of the material.
Finally, exposure to general hazards, such as chemical toxins or poor ventilation, can result in substantial physical damage to workers over longer periods of time.
All of these potential sources of injury or illness may render a worker eligible to pursue a workers’ compensation claim.
At Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, we are committed to helping employees with all of their workers’ compensation needs.
Posted on March 26th, 2013
The North Carolina Industrial Commission, a state agency tasked with the role of ensuring that people are compensated for workplace injuries, may not be properly handling this responsibility. Reports that it has not properly monitored whether companies have been acquiring insurance for their employees have been made, the state’s internal government watchdog said.
According to State Auditor Beth Woods, such action of the agency can cause workers’ compensation problems for employees, who may not know whether their employers can afford to give them guaranteed payment for lost work, injuries, and expensive medical costs.
Wood added that employees are further disadvantaged as the only time they might know of their companies’ failure to get insurance is after they have already suffered a loss and filed a claim.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported in 2012 that there are as many as 30,000 employers who don’t carry insurance.
If you are an employee who has been harmed while at work, you likely should be paid workers’ compensation insurance benefits. Speak with our legal team at Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, about how to make a claim for these benefits and your options should your employer be difficult to work with. Get in touch with a professional well-versed in this topic today by calling 919-851-3311.
Posted on February 18th, 2013
Six posts in North Carolina’s Industrial Commission will likely be empty and subsequently filled with fresh faces come spring with the approval of a Republican-introduced Senate bill seeking to rebuild and fortify the commission last week.
The bill also seeks to empty out the posts of Democratic appointees of the Coastal Resources Commission, Environmental Management Commission, Utilities Commission, and 12 special superior court judges, among others.
According to Jacksonville Senator Harry Brown, one of the proponents of the bill, the proposed legislation serves to put into position a new breed of leaders who will work towards the efficiency of the commission and gear it towards a more balanced treatment of workers and businesses in the handling of workers’ compensation claims, as he argues that the current commission is too tough on businesses.
If you have been injured on the job, the process of securing the workers’ compensation benefits you need can be a difficult process. Fortunately, the attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, are here to help. Learn more about what we can do to help you by calling us today at 919-851-3311.
Posted on February 1st, 2013
According to the state Labor Department, 3 counties – Gaston, Mecklenburg, and Wake – had the highest rate of on-the-job fatalities; however, 75 out of the 100 counties in North Carolina had zero work related deaths last year. This is a 30% decrease from the death rate of the previous year.
The decrease in the number of on-the-job fatalities in North Carolina can be attributed to the implementation of industry guidelines and training programs, headed by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Division Director Allen McNeely, that focuses on the state’s most hazardous industries.
McNeely said efforts to educate workers and lower the rate of accidents caused by being struck by vehicles and equipment will be a long term commitment by the state.
Suffering through a workplace injury or losing a loved one in a workplace-related accident can have lasting consequences. Learn about your legal options and obtaining compensation if you are going through such a situation by calling a workers’ compensation lawyer of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 919-851-3311.
Posted on November 8th, 2012
After a four year legal battle, an injured Wisconsin police officer has won a $12,500 workers’ compensation settlement in a case that could set a legal precedent for the state.
Officer Mike Nofzinger was doing pushups at home while preparing for a work-related physical fitness exam when one of his shoulders gave out. The exam is part of a program that rewards officers for staying in good shape with cash improved retirement benefits. Part of the test is how many pushups officers can complete.
While the injury occurred outside of the line of duty, the appeals court ruled that because the fitness program is a major part of Nofzinger’s job and therefore the exercise was not involuntary. Officers and city officials hope that the liability created by this ruling does not put an end to these valuable fitness programs.
If you have been hurt while performing essential functions of your job, you may be able to seek workers’ compensation benefits to help you cover your medical expenses and lost wages. The workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, P.L.L.C., can help you navigate this difficult and often confusing process.
Posted on October 4th, 2012
A new study was recently released by the Workers Compensation Research Institute that shows that 1 in every 12 injured workers are still on prescribed narcotics three to six months after their injury occurs.
Research shows that doctors may not be following up on recommended treatment plans that will prevent drug abuse in these cases.
The study collected data from 21 states in order to look into how long-term narcotic use was monitored by physicians. Some of these monitoring services include physical evaluations and follow-up drug testing.
The study found that the long-term use of narcotics kept occurred in 1 in every 12 injured workers and this caused them to miss more work and increase their disability. Officials in the study are hoping that this information will shed light on the issue workers are not exposed to “unnecessary risks.”
Posted on September 10th, 2012
A New York construction worker was injured at one of the World Trade Center construction sites after he fell from the side of the building.
The 36-year-old steel employee was installing a beam on the side of the building when he slipped and fell 15 feet to the ground. The impact of the accident caused him to suffer injuries to his arms, and to his head. Emergency responders transported him to Bellevue Hospital to be treated.
A spokesperson for the steel company mentioned that the worker was following the proper safety regulations as outlined by OSHA when the accident took place. The workplace injury is being investigated by authorities.
Please contact the workplace injury lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC by calling 919-851-3311 if you or someone you know has sustained an injury while on the job.
Posted on August 6th, 2012
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a study that indicates workers who receive paid sick leave are less likely to suffer from workplace injuries than those who do not.
The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, showed that workers who got paid sick days were up to 28 percent less likely to to suffer a workplace injury than those who are forced to choose between going to work sick or losing out on a day’s pay.
According to the study, not receiving sick leave increases a medical worker’s chance of injury by as much as 18 percent. Construction workers can face a 21 percent high chance of injury when they don’t get paid sick days.
If you’ve been hurt on the job and your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 919-851-3311 to learn more about how an attorney can help you.
Posted on July 6th, 2012
A worker for O.C. Lugo Company, Inc., a chemical distribution company located just outside of Pittsburgh, has lost some of his fingers in a blast that occurred while he was mixing red phosphorous, a chemical that is normally known to be stable.
Firefighters and chemists are unsure exactly what caused the explosion.
Another worker at the company complained of ringing in his ears after inhaling the resulting fumes. The company evacuated the building until it was sure the situation was safe and under control.
Exposure to toxic chemicals can have many harmful effects. If you were exposed to toxic chemicals on the job, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC ,at 919-851-3311.
Posted on June 29th, 2012
North Carolina lawmakers have passed a bill that closes a workers’ compensation loophole that allowed thousands of employers to get away with not providing the otherwise mandatory injury insurance coverage to their employees.
The law, HB 273, was endorsed by Nelson Dollar, a republican representing Wake county. Its provisions were recommended by the North Carolina Rate Bureau and the Industrial Commission.
The law will require the commission to gather information about employers who may be shirking their obligation to provide workers’ compensation coverage, allowing it to pursue the lax employers who don’t have the necessary insurance.
If you were injured on the job, you should get the facts on workers’ compensation. Contact the workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 919-851-3311.