Posts By: Kathleen Burgess

Does Workers’ Comp Cover My Weather-related Injury?

Does Workers’ Comp Cover My Weather-related Injury?

Everytime I get asked this, I wish there were a more straightforward answer. But the truth of the matter is that it really depends. In some situations, North Carolina courts tend to rule in favor of weather-related cases; in others, not so much. The outcomes of these workers’ comp claims tend to rely heavily on how directly related to your work the injury was.

In other words, the courts are looking for whether or not you would have been exposed to the same danger no matter whether you were at work or not.

 

In one case, the courts denied a claim in which an employee was injured at work when a tornado collapsed part of the building they were in. Basically, the court said that even though they were at work, their injury could have just as easily happened if they had been home. Their being at work did not cause the injury.

 

However, in another case, one worker died from heat exhaustion after working on a 104 degree day. The employee’s job required him to work near melted lead, which of course increased the temperature of the room he was in. Because of this, the court ruled that this situation was compensable.

 

When considering whether or not your weather-related injury is covered by workman’s compensation, it’s important to consider the causes of the injury. Was it caused directly by the nature of your job? Or was the injury just circumstantial? An experienced attorney can help you determine whether or not your case qualifies.

 

With more than $275 million in awards and settlements, Oxner + Permar has the experience to handle all kinds of workers’ comp cases. If you suffered a weather-related injury at work, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Summer Heat and Workers’ Comp

Summer Heat and Workers’ Comp

It’s that time of year again, and boy, have we had some hot days this summer. As with every year when the weather gets hot, it’s a good idea to remember safety tips for working in the heat: particularly for those who work outside doing physical labor. It’s easy to forget that working in very hot conditions can be just as dangerous as working in the snow and ice.

According to OSHA, on average there are 36 work-related deaths caused by the heat every year. They also see about 2,380 heat-related illnesses and injuries, which can be incredibly serious.

 

If you’ve experienced heat stroke, heat exhaustion or any other condition from spending time working in the heat, you can file for workers’ compensation benefits. As with any workplace injury or illness, make sure you file for workman’s comp as soon as possible.

 

During the summer it’s best to limit intense physical labor in the heat. If you must work outside, make sure to take frequent breaks to seek shade and cool off. It’s also important that you stay hydrated. Drink water frequently or beverages that replenish salt loss through sweating, such as sports drinks or coconut water. If you or a coworker are showing symptoms of heat stroke, be sure to call 911.

 

If you or someone you know has experienced a heat-related illness, be sure to file for workers’ compensation and contact an attorney to help guide you through the process. With more than $275 million in awards and settlements, Oxner + Permar has the experience to stand up for you.

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