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Could fatigue cause on-the-job injuries?

| Feb 8, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Workers in industries all across North Carolina may find themselves feeling a little tired on the job. While some may find it commendable to work when feeling a bit fatigued, a tired worker could end up hurting him/herself. Fatigue could sap reflexes and concentration, leading to avoidable injuries. Persons hurt on the job might then find themselves seeking a workers’ compensation claim to cover expenses during downtime.

Fatigue and injuries on the job

Reports surprisingly indicate that sleep issues contribute to as much as 13% of workplace injuries. The report proves even more shocking upon revealing the economic impact: $400 billion.

Since fatigue is not an outright illness, some may try to push forward and go to work. Sleepiness is certainly not the same thing as a bad flu bug, but assuming being too tired to work comes without consequences might be a misguided and regrettable decision.

A tired person might not see a power cord and trip over it. A fatigue-induced concentration lapse might lead to leaning against a hot pipe and suffering burns. Struggling to carry something may cause a back injury. And there are scores of other examples of how fatigue and work don’t always mix.

Seeking workers compensation for injuries

Persons hurt on the job may face financial hardships. Access to workers’ compensation insurance claims may provide a partial solution. Thankfully, in North Carolina, workers’ compensation follows a no-fault rule. That is, negligence does not have to play a part in the claim.

Workers might still experience roadblocks when filing a claim. An employer could fight the claim in some way, such as saying an injury did not occur at work.

Filing for workers’ compensation may require assistance. Speaking to an attorney about initial claims or appeals might be helpful.