Mechanic Workplace Injuries
As a mechanic, people rely on you to keep their vehicles safe and functional. And, in turn, you trust that your employer is doing everything possible to keep you safe as you do your job. However, whether it is because of an employer’s oversight or just an unavoidable accident, mechanic workplace injuries occur at an alarming rate. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are an average of more than 10,000 mechanic injuries every year, each of which requires the injured worker to take at least one day off to recover. Of course, in the event of a more serious injury or work-related disease, mechanics may need much more time before returning to work.
At the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, our Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyers have extensive experience connecting mechanics with workers’ compensation benefits. We do everything possible to ensure that every detail is meticulously prepared, ensuring prompt resolution of your claim.Are Mechanics Eligible for North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Yes, mechanics are generally eligible for North Carolina workers’ compensation benefits if they are injured on the job. The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act is designed to protect employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses by providing them with medical benefits and income-replacement benefits. Income-replacement benefits typically provide workers with two-thirds of their salary until they are able to return to work.Common Mechanic Workplace Injuries
Mechanics have one of the more dangerous occupations and face various hazards in their line of work. Often, a mechanic’s injuries will qualify them for workers' compensation benefits. Below is a list of common mechanic workplace injuries:
Cuts and Lacerations: Mechanics often work with sharp tools and objects, which can lead to accidental cuts.
Burns: Exposure to hot engines, exhaust systems, soldering, or welding can cause burns. There are also chemical burns due to handling corrosive substances.
Eye Injuries: Without proper eye protection, mechanics can get foreign objects, chemicals, or sparks in their eyes.
Hearing Damage: Prolonged exposure to loud noises, such as those from power tools or machinery, can lead to hearing impairment or damage.
Muscle Strains and Sprains: Lifting heavy parts or equipment and repetitive motions can cause strains, sprains, and other musculoskeletal injuries.
Crush Injuries: These can occur if a part or a vehicle falls on a mechanic, especially if they're working under cars without the proper support.
Slips, Trips, and Falls: Oil, grease, and other fluids can make floors slippery, leading to falls. Mechanics might also trip over tools, auto parts, or other obstacles in their work area.
Chemical Exposure: Mechanics frequently work with chemicals like antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline, and solvents, which can be harmful if inhaled, ingested, or if they come into prolonged contact with skin.
Respiratory Issues: Inhalation of fumes from welding, solvents, and other chemicals can lead to respiratory problems.
Repetitive Stress Injuries: Tasks like twisting wrenches, using screwdrivers, or operating vibrating tools can lead to conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Electrical Shocks: Mechanics working on electrical components of vehicles or using electric tools might suffer from electrical shocks if they're not careful.
Falling Objects: Tools, car parts, or other objects can fall from heights or shelves, leading to head or other injuries.
Of course, this is not a complete list; if you believe you’ve suffered a compensable injury at work, reach out to the mechanic workplace injury lawyers at the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, for assistance.Can You Get Workers’ Comp Benefits if You Were Negligent?
While every case is different, the general rule is that the NC workers’ compensation system is a no-fault program, meaning it doesn’t matter who was responsible for causing your injury. That said, mechanics who were hurt while intoxicated or while engaging in reckless behavior that falls outside the scope of their work may be prevented from obtaining benefits.Have You Been Hurt on the Job While Working as a Mechanic?
If you suffered an on-the-job injury or developed an occupational disease as a result of your employment as an automotive service technician, the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, is here to help. With decades of experience under our belt, we have a nuanced understanding of the North Carolina workers’ compensation system. We are familiar with the common reasons employers and insurance companies provide for denying workers’ comp claims and can help you overcome whatever hurdles come up along the way. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with one of our Charlotte work injury lawyers, give us a call at 704-405-2580. You can also reach our Cabarrus County workers’ compensation attorneys at 704-918-4747. We proudly represent clients in Charlotte, Concord and Kannapolis, as well as throughout Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell, Rowan, and Union Counties.