From North Carolina's Workers Compensation Lawyer, John McCabe
As I’ve been discussing, on-the-job injuries
unfortunately happen all too frequently. Those that fall into the “caught in” or “crushed by” category typically involve workplace machinery, equipment and tools. They may also be referred to as pinch points, nip points or crush points.
of this nature may cause cuts, bruising, scalping, mangled and twisted body parts, amputation or death. As one can imagine, this type of on-the-job injury
can be particularly gruesome and horrifying. Those who work with industrial machinery however are not the only ones at risk for this type of workplace accident. A “caught in” or “crushed by” incident could occur with employees who are simply standing under or near a forklift or other powered equipment. Heavy doors, file cabinets or crates could pinch toes or fingers.
In the workplace, equipment needs to be frequently and properly inspected; all moving parts on all machinery and equipment should be properly guarded—an employer must ensure the safety of the workers. Have all employees been properly trained to use equipment, to stay away from hazardous areas, to be alert to the dangers, are the proper safeguards in place?
If you have been injured on the job
due to a “caught in” or “crushed by” accident, speaking with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney
quickly is in your best interest. By seeking legal guidance, you will better understand your rights and North Carolina’s workers’ comp law
From Raleigh's Workers Compensation Lawyer
One of the top ten most common on-the-job injuries
are motor-vehicle collisions. Car accidents that occur while an employee is on the job are generally covered by workers’ compensation
. When travelling to and from work, the “coming and going rule” applies and motor-vehicle wrecks are generally not covered by workers’ comp
. However there are exceptions to this rule.
If the employee is arriving at work or leaving for the day and is still on the employer’s property when an accident occurs, this may be covered by the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act
If you are driving a vehicle to perform an errand or duty strictly as part of your employment and are injured in a motor-vehicle accident you may have a compensable workers’ comp case. If you left work to run a personal errand, you would not be covered. But if a supervisor sends you to the print shop to pick up copies for work, this is a task specific to your role as an employee.
Another exception to the “coming and going rule,” is if travel is part of your job. If an employee’s job description requires travel and an accident occurs, this may be covered.
These types of cases are rarely black and white. Having legal representation will not only ensure that you have a much more thorough understanding of your rights and the law, but that your case has a favorable outcome. If you have any doubt as to whether your motor-vehicle accident should be considered a workers’ compensation case
, do not hesitate to contact an attorney
and to do so sooner than later.
From Raleigh's Workers Compensation Lawyer
Unlike my last post, that discussed an individual striking against an object, another all-too-common cause of workplace accidents
are when one is struck by a falling, flying or moving object.
A construction site might be the first type of workplace that comes to mind as construction workers—spending much of their days under and around machinery and equipment—do have an increased risk for this type of on-the-job injury. Buckets, flashlights, tools, debris, steel or lumber all can fall and cause serious harm. Head injuries are common, but so are foot, neck and shoulder injuries. Contractor mistakes, co-worker carelessness, bad weather, poor safety training or a jobsite hazard are just some of the potential causes that can lead to this type of workplace accident
However, being struck by an object is not limited to only those men and women working in the construction trades. It can happen in an office setting, a retail environment or to those working in healthcare. No matter the workplace, the higher an object is when it falls, the more momentum it will gain and the more potentially damaging the injury
when one is struck. The accident
could result in the employee needing surgery and a long rehabilitation period with much missed work.
In this type of accident, as with all on-the-job injuries, it is in your best interest that you not try and understand North Carolina’s workers’ comp law and your rights alone but seek
an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can help you secure a compensable workers’ comp claim.