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Can you sue while getting workers' compensation?

Like other states in the country, North Carolina has a workers' compensation system that is there to protect this state's workers when they get injured or sick while on the job. When a worker dies because of, for example, cancer related to asbestos exposure at work, then the worker's family can get some financial help through workers' compensation survivor benefits.

Early signs of lung disease linked to workplace exposure

A recent study conducted by the Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Program at Columbia University Medical Center revealed a link between early signs of lung disease and workplace exposures to vapors, gas, dust and fumes. Interstitial lung disease is a medical term used to describe over 100 types of diseases, characterized by fibrosis in the alveoli of the lungs. ILDs include black lung -- caused by the inhalation of coal mine dust, asbestosis -- an often-fatal asbestos disease affecting the lungs and pulmonary sarcoidosis -- an inflammatory disease often attributed to toxic exposure.

North Carolina construction accident results in death of worker

Workers' compensation protections are available in North Carolina for family members of workers killed on the job. A construction accident in a nearby community less than an hour east of the Rowan area recently died after falling 30 feet from a bridge. The man was working on the bridge that is part of the bypass project. He was identified by a construction company as a contractor working on the project. The construction company provided information that the worker was taking a screed apart which is a layer of material such as cement applied to a surface such as a floor. Part of the screed fell of its rail and the worker fell at that point.

Company indicted for exposing its workers to asbestos

There are many ways a person can be exposed to asbestos. We have known about the deadly effects of asbestos exposure for decades, but companies are still found putting their employees at risk for asbestos-related cancer and other diseases. A company and its supervisors were recently indicted for asbestos violations at a plant in Wisconsin.

Securing compensation in a work-related death action

For some workers in North Carolina, it is necessary to work within a high-risk environment. While it is not always safe for the health and wellbeing for some employees, working within these industries is important for society. Additionally, they can be very rewarding for those working in them. While it is apparent that these positions come with them certain risks for illnesses, employees often do not consider developing a fatal asbestos disease from the work environment.

Investigation reveals many uncounted N.C. workplace deaths

A recent investigation by the Raleigh News & Observer found that the state of North Carolina reports and investigates only a fraction of deaths that occur in the workplace. Thus, the recent report from the North Carolina Labor Commission that the work-related death toll was the lowest since 2001 is based on only a partial count of actual workplace deaths.

Work-related deaths peaked in North Carolina in 2014

On-the-job injury or death will always be a hazard in certain dustries, but 2014 was an especially bad year for North Carolina workers. The number of work-related deaths in the state nearly doubled from 2013 to 2014. Twenty-three work place fatalities were reported in 2013, and in 2014, that number rose sharply to 44 deaths.

What is a "wrongful death" action?

A commonly asked question is whether a personal injury lawsuit can be brought against the alleged wrongdoer if the injured person dies from his (or her) injuries before the suit is commenced. For many decades, the answer was "no," because under the common law of England and then the United States, the claim for damages expired upon the death of the injured person. Realizing the unfairness of this outcome, many state legislatures, including the North Carolina General Assembly, passed statutes specifically to create a legal right to bring a lawsuit even if the injured person had died from the injuries.

Avoiding heat-related work illnesses and death

Employers in North Carolina should understand when there are potential risks and dangers in the work environment. This is especially true for jobs that are more inherently dangerous. The construction industry has various potential risks and dangers, but if employers address these issues, work accidents and injuries could be reduced. By providing adequate training and safety equipment, the lives of the workers could be protected. Failure to do so could result in a fatal work accident.

Man seeks compensation for father's fatal mesothelioma

In North Carolina, an increasing number of people who have lost a loved one who has died of asbestos or fatal mesothelioma are choosing to file a lawsuit to recover compensation. When a loved one has died of mesothelioma, the obvious reason that family members will point to is exposure to agents that might cause the disease such asbestos.

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