Most mechanics working in North Carolina are covered under workers’ compensation insurance, provided by their employers. The mechanic field tends to be high-risk, meaning that the chance of injury is higher than in other fields. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Ricci Law Firm regularly represent mechanics injured in the course of their employment.
Unlike many fields of manual labor, mechanics must perform a very wide variety of tasks, use many different tools and equipment, and move in unusual positions to diagnose and repair problems. The nature of their work exposes them to the following:
- Strains and pulls due to lifting injuries
- Slips and falls on spills or leaks
- Repetitive motion conditions
- Crush injuries due to vehicles or equipment falling
- Chemical burns and heat-related burns
- Lung conditions and exposure to dangerous fumes
Mechanics’ benefits in North Carolina
Good employers provide safety training and make every effort to ensure their workers stay safe in the workplace. But even under the most controlled environment, accidents happen. Mechanics should remember to report any injuries immediately to a supervisor or manager, and to seek medical treatment if needed. The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act allows injured mechanics to receive the following benefits if the accident occurred during the course and scope of work:
- Related medical treatment, including rehabilitation and surgery, if necessary
- Lost wages, if the injury causes temporary or permanent disability
- Permanent partial disability benefits if the condition does not resolve completely
- Benefits for scarring or permanent wage loss
- Re-training or education if needed to return to work
Wage calculations for mechanics
Another price of the puzzle is making sure the sick or injured mechanic is receiving the correct amount of disability benefits. Many mechanics receive a complex pay structure, such as by commission based on production, or overtime, or in salary plus bonuses. Sometimes, sick or injured mechanics find that their disability check amount does not seem high enough. In many cases, that is because the insurer has miscalculated the mechanic’s compensation rate. The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act sets forth several methods to calculate the correct rate, and some insurance adjusters over-simplify the calculations in favor of the insurer. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Ricci Law Firm review the pay structure of their mechanic clients to make sure their clients are not getting short-changed under the law.
When mechanics return to the workforce
Getting a mechanic back to work after an injury can be tricky, and the workers’ compensation attorneys at Ricci Law Firm consider many factors to help their mechanic clients. First, mechanics are often paid higher than many other laborers, so finding replacement work at the same or similar wages can be hard unless they can return to the same field. Ricci Law Firm works with vocational specialists to help mechanics locate suitable employment. If no suitable employment is identified, Ricci Law Firm may advocate for the mechanic’s weekly disability benefits to continue until suitable work is found.
The workers’ compensation laws are complex in North Carolina. Mechanics in North Carolina work hard and deserve fair treatment if they are injured at work. If you are a mechanic who developed a disease or was injured at work, contact an attorney at Ricci Law Firm for a consultation.
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