WHAT TYPES OF ACCIDENTS QUALIFY FOR WORKERS' COMP?
If you've been injured while at work, you may be able to file for workers' compensation. Most employers in most cases are required to carry workers' comp insurance to cover injuries on the job. In order to file, however, the injury needs to have taken place in the regular performance of your job; it need not have happened on your employer's premises (if you were injured in a company vehicle during a delivery made for your job, for instance). If you were injured doing something unrelated to your job while on a business trip (sightseeing, for example) you may not qualify. The most common types of workplace accidents include:
- Trips or falls, including on icy sidewalks and unsafe staircases
- Getting hit by falling objects
- Moving heavy loads, including medical patients
- Co-worker negligence
- Illness or injuries related to exposure (to secondhand smoke, toxic chemicals, etc.)
- Stress-related injuries, such as carpal-tunnel syndrome
In general, the following types of injuries are not compensable under workers' compensation laws:
- Injuries because of drug or alcohol use
- Injuries because of behavior inconsistent with company policy
- Injuries or illness you had prior to the job, unless a pre-existing issue is made worse by your job duties
- The common cold, flu, or other short-term illnesses
- Injuries you inflicted on yourself
All things considered, the only way to know for sure if you are eligible for workers' comp is to consult our experienced attorneys. We have been handling these claims for years and we have an extensive understanding of how North Carolina laws relate to your case.
If you've been hurt on the job in or around Raleigh, Fayetteville, Greenville or any of the surrounding areas of North Carolina, please call the Ricci Law Firm at (252) 285-4081 for a free case evaluation.