Common Accidents on the Job: A Resource for North Carolina Workers

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When the average American gets up and goes to work, they want to focus on the positives of the experience, such as the income they will receive, the value they provide to their employer, and the camaraderie they enjoy with their coworkers and colleagues.  People rarely if ever want to focus on the risk for personal injury at their jobsite.


work-place-injury-sign-Charlotte-Monroe-Mooresville-Workers-compensation-attorney-300x225In North Carolina, many injuries incurred on the job are handled by worker’s compensation claims. These claims are typically handled by the employer. In exchange, the worker may relinquish certain rights, such as the right to pursue legal action if they receive a personal injury while on the job.


Sometimes, these claims are submitted and processed without issue. However, there are certainly other times when the employer is not following through on their role, and this is typically when injured workers employ the services of a personal injury attorney in their area.


When it comes to worker’s compensation claims, there are certain jobs and fields where incidences of these claims are relatively higher than others. This is because certain jobs carry inherently greater risk of personal injury. When injury happens, it is important for victims to understand whether or not the employer’s negligence contributed to the incident. Read on to discover common workplace accidents and what workers in North Carolina need to know about them.


Company Vehicle Crashes


Many fields and industries utilize anywhere from one company car to an entire fleet of vehicles.  No matter the size of the fleet, all employers must follow certain standards as outlined by agencies such as the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


For example, employers must ensure that their drivers are properly trained and licensed to operate the motor vehicle.  In addition, drivers must consent to employer-conducted alcohol and drug testing at any point in time. In the event that the employer does not take proper safety precautions and an accident occurs, they may be deemed negligent in the eyes of a personal injury court.


Jobsite Falls


Slips and falls on the job can happen for many reasons. If the employer did not install or maintain appropriate safety rails, or if spills or other hazardous materials are not addressed in a timely manner, slips and falls can happen. When they do, victims will work with their personal injury attorney to determine if the employer’s negligence contributed to the incident.


Electrical Dangers


Any job that involves working around electronics or electrical equipment has a risk of electrocution. To mitigate this risk, employers should take steps to ensure all equipment is maintained and up to date, as well as training employees on particularly complex pieces of electrical equipment.


When to Contact a Professional


As mentioned earlier, when injuries occur on the job, compensation and remediation is typically handled through an employer’s workers’ compensation program. However, in instances in which there are complications or the employer refuses to pay, workers will want to consider pursuing legal action.  For years, the attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC have been fighting for workers’ rights in and around the Charlotte area. Contact Arnold & Smith, PLLC today for insight you can trust. Call (704) 370-2828 to receive a video, phone or in-person consultation with our lawyers to explore your legal options or fill out our contact form. Now taking cases throughout North Carolina with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and Monroe.







The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.





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