The North Carolina Department of Labor recently released its 2012 Annual Report. Exploring the inspections, safety violations, and injuries and illness in the workplaces around North Carolina, the report reflects a generous decline in on-the-job injuries across the state.
Reviewing the last decade, the number of annual fatal occupational injuries was at its peak in 2000. That year 234 people were killed due to accidents or illnesses caused by their employment. The new report shows only 148 workers lost their lives in 2011. The incidence rate for injuries and illnesses in North Carolina's private sector was 3.1 for every 100 full-time employees in 2011, which tied the record low set in 2009 and 2010 and was below the national average of 3.5.
If your workplace is making you sick or you were hurt at work in North Carolina, you are most likely eligible for North Carolina workers' compensation benefits. Our workers' comp lawyers in Raleigh help injured workers file a claim with the Industrial Commission, request a hearing if their claim was denied, and negotiate settlements like "clincher agreements."
You can file a workers' comp claim on your own, but retaining one of our workers' comp lawyers in Raleigh will help protect your rights, make certain appropriate documents are executed and filed, and ensure you have the representation you need should litigation be necessary. Whether you suffer carpal tunnel syndrome, slipped and fell at work, or were exposed to toxic chemicals as part of your employment, our workers' comp lawyers in Raleigh can help. With decades of successful experience representing injured workers, our attorneys know how to maximize benefits. Call for a free case evaluation or to request a copy of Brent Adams' book How to Get Top Dollars For Your Workers' Compensation Claim - free to all injured workers in North Carolina.