Unemployment impacts North Carolina work accidents, reporting of work injuries

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment declined by 125,000 jobs in June, mostly as a result of a reduction in temporary workers hired to complete the 2010 Census. Private-sector payrolls edged up by 83,000 jobs, inching the unemployment rate down to 9.5 percent.

As our Carolina injury lawyers continue to report on our North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Blog, the tough job market poses a number of challenges to employees who are injured on the job or who are concerned about unsafe conditions in the workplace.

Temporary workers and contract laborers may have different rights than those of full time employees. In other cases, layoffs mean fewer workers to perform the same tasks, which can result in an increased danger of work accidents. Fewer employees may also be charged with overseeing workplace safety. While employers may invest in safety departments and initiatives during good times, such measures are frequently downsized when times grow lean.

An employee afraid of job loss or layoff may also be less likely to report a workplace accident or an unsafe condition. Our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers remind employees that filing a work accident claim is critical when an accident results in injury on the job. Frequently, the medical complications of a work accident can occur months, or even years, after an accident. Failure to follow proper reporting requirements can make you ineligible to collect compensation in the event that you later need to undergo medical treatment, take time off from work, or become disabled.

Labor laws prevent employers from retaliating against injured workers. If you have concerns, addressing them with a North Carolina injury attorney is the best course of action to protect your rights and the financial well-being of you and your family.

In June, 6.8 million employees had been out of work for six months or longer, accounting for nearly half of those currently unemployed. About 8.6 million employees were working part-time because full-time work was not available.

If you are dealing with a work accident in North Carolina or are dealing with a worker’s compensation or disability claim, contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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