On-the-job Injury Due to Overexertion
From John McCabe, Workers Comp Lawyer
Overexertion injuries rank in the number two spot of the top 10 on-the-job injuries and accidents. If you have suffered an injury in the workplace due to overexertion, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Lifting, pushing, pulling, holding and carrying are common causes of overexertion injuries. Hurting one’s back is the most common overexertion injury. [For more on back injuries, read my earlier post. http://www.ncworkerscomp.com/blog/i-hurt-my-back-is-it-covered-under-workers-comp/]
In addition to back injuries, overexertion injuries may include muscle strains; neck injuries; joint, tendon and connective tissue injuries; or heat exhaustion. The injuries can range from minor sprains to a major, debilitating injury. Those who work in construction or in a trade that involves manual labor may be more susceptible to overexertion injuries in the workplace, but this type of on-the-job injury also happens to those working in office settings.
Working too long without a break, being improperly trained or being required by your supervisor to perform job-related tasks that you are not physically capable of handling may all lead to overexertion injuries in the workplace. These are just a few of the factors that may have contributed to the on-the-job injury.
Regardless of the cause, if the injury occurred while you were working you may have a compensable workers’ comp claim. Discussing your situation with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney is the best way to understand North Carolina’s workers’ comp law and your rights.
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