Many types of companies make up North Carolina’s service sector. Every day in the Charlotte region, hard-working men and women contribute their labor to the food service industry, retail service industry, distribution industry, tourism industry, and other types of service industries. Unfortunately, people who work in the service industry are highly vulnerable to serious work-related accidents and injuries. However, when a service worker is disabled by a job-related injury, he or she may obtain financial compensation by filing a workers’ compensation claim with assistance from an experienced work injury attorney, like those of the Ramsay Law Firm.
At the Ramsay Law Firm, our clients benefit from more than 20 years of legal experience handling complex workers’ compensation claims in Charlotte, including cases involving delayed benefits and improper claim denials. Founding attorney Martha Ramsay has been recognized for her achievements by numerous professional organizations, including the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Advocates for Justice, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. At the Ramsay Law Firm, we take your case seriously, and are prepared to consult with a team of accident reconstruction experts, medical experts, and others to help you obtain the full benefits to which you are entitled. Our attorneys are proud to be a voice for the injured.
Regardless of how you were injured at your job, we encourage you to contact our law offices at (877) 576-5500 for a free and confidential legal consultation. We have assisted more than 1,000 injured workers with workers’ comp claims in North Carolina, and are ready to provide guidance and representation if you or a loved one has been hurt at work.
Service Industry Injury and Accident Statistics
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), over 634,000 people are employed in North Carolina’s professional and business service sector as of May 2017. An additional 593,000 are employed in health and education services, in addition to approximately 157,000 workers employed in other service sectors of North Carolina’s economy.
BLS statistics also indicate that, at the national level, more than 2 million people in service-providing industries were injured at work during 2015. That includes more than 53,000 total recordable cases of injuries in North Carolina during the same time period. In other words, workplace accidents in North Carolina accounted for roughly 2.7% of the nation’s service industry injuries during 2015.
Certain types of service-related jobs have higher injury rates than others. Listed below, you’ll find BLS data on injury statistics in different segments of North Carolina’s service industry.
- Educational and Health Services – Nearly 15,000 recordable cases in 2015
- Accommodation and Food Services – Over 6,000 recordable cases
- Professional and Business Services – Over 6,000 recordable cases
- Administrative and Support Services – Over 3,000 recordable cases
- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services – 2,000 recordable cases
- Janitorial Services – Fewer than 1,000 cases
- Employment Services – Fewer than 1,000 cases
Workers’ Compensation Benefits Available for Service Industry Workers in North Carolina
Any person can be injured at work, no matter what their occupation is or what industry they are part of. However, for individuals who work in the service industry, the risk of an occupational injury or illness is high. Service industry workers are exposed to a wide array of occupational hazards, ranging from workplace violence to injuries caused by industrial equipment and machinery. Types of accidents and injuries which may entitle service sector workers to financial compensation include, but are not limited to, the following:
Workplace Accidents in the Service Industry
- Accidents Caused by Defective Equipment
- Assault and Workplace Violence
- Chemical Exposure Accidents
- Company Car Accidents
- Falls from Heights
- Object Strikes
- Slip and Fall Accidents
Workplace Injuries in the Service Industry
- Amputation Injuries/Loss of Limbs
- Back and Spine Injuries
- Bulging and Herniated Disc Injuries
- Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Broken Bones
- Facial Injuries
- Foot and Ankle Injuries
- Hand and Wrist Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Hip and Knee Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Organ Damage
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Torn Ligaments
- Whiplash Injuries
State laws require most employers to provide workers’ compensation for employees within North Carolina’s service sector. With just a few narrow exceptions, companies are generally required to provide workers’ compensation if they employ three or more employees, regardless of whether the business is structured as an S corporation, C corporation, partnership, or limited liability company (LLC).
In most cases, an injured service worker obtains compensation by filing a workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina. In fact, laws typically prevent injured workers from suing employers due to work-related injury.
However, there are some cases in which exceptions apply, enabling a hurt employee to file a personal injury lawsuit or product liability lawsuit. For example, an injured service worker may be able to sue his or her employer if the injury was caused intentionally, or if the injury resulted from egregious misconduct by the employer. Moreover, injuries caused by defective products may give rise to product liability claims against manufacturing companies or other parties. Our workplace injury lawyers for service workers can help you explore all of your legal options to make an informed decision about how to proceed.
Contact Our Charlotte Service Industry Work Injury Lawyers
If you are injured at work, you should report the injury to your employer immediately, and file a workers’ compensation claim within 30 days of sustaining the injury. These are the first steps in the process of obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries. To learn more about getting compensated for a work-related injury in the Charlotte metropolitan area, contact the Ramsay Law Firm at (877) 576-5500 today.