Many workers who are out of work due to a workplace injury may consider taking on another job. Employees may consider this because they have concerns their old job won’t be waiting for them when they return. The time off from work due to injuries may get workers thinking about changing careers or choosing the same type of work – but in a close geographical location, a job with more pay, a job with more opportunities, or just because a different job may be more satisfying.
Many workers in North Carolina and Virginia work in the food services industry. They work in restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, supermarkets, grocery stores, pizza places, all sorts of ethnic food establishments, bakeries, and other related businesses.
Restaurant workers work as chefs, cooks, waitresses and waiters, bartenders, hosts, cashiers, bussers, and many other professions. There are farm-to-table companies and other businesses that prepare ready-to-eat foods.
Food delivery workers have become essential during the pandemic. Delivery or Truck drivers can suffer all sorts of injuries from traumatic injuries and spinal cord damage to broken bones and internal bleeding or even brain damage if they are involved in an auto or truck crash.
While many North Carolina and Virginia claim workers’ compensation benefits are based on an accident, you can also claim benefits if you suffered an occupational illness or disease. The workers’ compensation laws in both states authorize claims for workers who suffer lung diseases and other diseases due to workplace conditions – provided the worker can show that certain conditions are met.
Many people are familiar with the horrific disease of asbestosis, a lung disease caused by exposure and inhalation of asbestos fibers. Asbestos is a natural, but dangerous mineral product that was commonly used in many industries until the late 1970’s due to its properties of being resistant to heat and corrosion. Unfortunately, although heavily regulated, it is still not banned in the U.S., even though studies have shown that there are no safe levels of exposure to asbestos.
Workers Compensation Lawyer Joe Miller here explains the concepts of “accident” as defined by North Carolina vs. Virginia Workers Compensation Law. NC typically requires a “slip, trip or fall,” unless it relates to a spine injury. VA does only requires a specific traumatic incident, which doesn’t necessarily have to include a slip, trip, or fall. …
Here workers compensation attorney Joe Miller explains the often-misunderstood and baffling concept of risk of employment, otherwise known as the requirement that a worker’s injury “arise out of” employment. As he explains, Virginia employs the “actual risk” test, meaning that what caused you to be injured must have been associated with some risk or hazard …
We’ve written about workplace safety and technology and safety tips during the winter season. Here are more suggestions from The Hartford which provides workers’ compensation insurance. Employees should understand that they do not have to prove fault if they suffer a workplace accident. When workplace injuries happen, employees are entitled to payment of all reasonably necessary medical bills and generally 2/3 of their average weekly wages while they can’t work. They can also claim additional damages if they have a partial or full permanent injury.
Some jobs involve a strong risk of violence. Police officers, security guards, and law enforcement personnel are at constant risk of being assaulted, attacked, or even shot at. Hospital workers are often at risk of assaults by patients who have mental health problems and we’ve represented many in this situation. Taxi drivers and rideshare drivers may be subject to violence. Store Clerks are often robbed at gunpoint. In any type of job, a worker may become violent or be exposed to violence for a variety of reasons. Many incidents of workplace violence are reported each year. Many incidents go unreported.
Workers Compensation Attorney Joe Miller reports on the features of the new Workers Compensation Law passed by the Virginia Legislature which has added COVID-19 as an occupational disease for health care workers who became sick from COVID-19 who were directly involved in the treatment or diagnosis of actual or suspected COVID-19 patients. The new law …