Workers Compensation Attorneys NY
More than 20 percent of worker injuries in the U.S. are due to slip and fall accidents. That adds up to over 1 million Workers’ Compensation cases a year. These accidents can happen in any work environment, from office jobs to hospitals or construction sites.
The good news is theWorkers’ Compensation law protects workers’ who suffer slip and fall accidents and also recognizes that these accidents can happen all too easily at work. People trip on carpets, phone lines, wet floors and sometimes without any specific cause. All of those incidents fall within theWorkers’ Compensation law. If you slipped or fell at work and were hurt as a result, you might be owed benefits for medical bills and lost wages while you recover.
With an injury to an extremity, you may be entitled to a cash award for any permanent loss of use you may have suffered, even if you don’t lose time from work.
Common Slip and Fall Accidents
Some of the most common types are:
- Falls from heights, such as from ladders, staircases or machinery
- Same-level trips and falls, for example from uneven surfaces or quick movements
- Falls on slippery surfaces, such as from spilled liquids or icy patches (both indoors and outdoors)
Although falls from heights can seem the most dangerous, all of these accidents can cause serious injuries that have a lasting impact. If you have been hurt, don’t take your injury lightly!
Your employer has the responsibility to keep you as safe as possible. This means fixing known problems and safety risks. However, no matter how hard you or your company try to stop accidents from happening, not all accidents can be prevented.
Major causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Spilled liquids
- Damaged floors
- Cracked or broken stairs
- Broken or missing guardrails
- Mats that are not secured
- Exposed cords and wires
- Unmarked hazards
- Poor or broken lighting
If you were hurt at work and one of these issues caused your accident, you have the right to file a Workers’ Compensation claim (see our Workers’ Compensation Claim Process).
Common slip and fall accidents range from minor annoyances to severe problems.
The types of injuries that result from these accidents can include:
- Strained muscles
- Cuts and burns
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Herniated disks
- Joint injuries (knees, shoulders, etc.)
- Head trauma
- Spinal injuries
These slip and fall injuries can happen indoors or outdoors. You don’t even have to work in a “high-risk” job to get an injury that can cause lasting pain and suffering.
Were You Injured?
What might seem like a small issue at the time, like falling on your wrist or twisting your back wrong way, can lead to months or even years of pain, suffering and physical therapy.
If you fell and were injured at work, regardless of the circumstances you could have a legitimate claim. If you need help or advice, we’re here to fight for you.
Disclaimer: For informational purposes only. This is not a substitute for legal advice. If you need legal advice please contact us.