Reportedly, the most common type of work-related injury is usually the result of a slip and fall accident. The U.S. Department of Labor says that slips, trips, and falls that happen among employees make up 25% of all worker injuries, which often result in costly absences as well. A large portion of that percentage will also leave workers disabled in some capacity.
Slip and fall accidents can leave someone severely injured. This can cause a lot of exorbitant hospital bills to pile up. If you have suffered a slip and fall accident while working, contact the trusted and experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Work Injury Rights. We are available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Call 954-833-5226 to schedule a free consultation or fill out our contact form here. Our legal team is here and ready to fight for you and get you the compensation that you deserve.
What Are Some of the Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?
According to The National Safety Council, there are about 110,000 injuries to the feet and toes of U.S. workers every year. This accounts for an astonishing 19% of all debilitating work-related injuries. When exploring how slip and fall accidents occur, it’s important to take a look at the following common catalysts which lead to these injuries:
- Holes in the floor
- Broken/uneven stairs
- Cables or wires stretched across the floor
- Faulty elevator stops
- Inadequate lighting
- Lack or absence of warning signs
Start With Notifying Your Employer if You Have a Slip and Fall Accident While at Work
When a slip and fall injury is caused by one of these dangerous obstacles, it’s important to first notify your current employer and file a workers’ compensation injury claim. This claim will protect those who are injured on the job from having to return to work before they are ready and provide necessary benefits and compensation.
Filing Your Workers’ Compensation Claim: What’s Covered?
Benefits that are usually included in a workers’ compensation claim will normally consist of medical bill payments, out-of-pocket expenses (for necessary medical supplies and medication), and a significant percentage of wages. Only a small portion of wages is usually lost during any treatment and recovery period. Even if the claim was filed after the employee was rushed to a hospital or urgent care, workers’ compensation benefits should tend to all these related costs.
However, some circumstances can severely affect the status of your claim. If an employee was injured while intoxicated or while committing a crime, then the claim is in vast danger of being denied. Some states may even delay or deny a claim if the employee was injured while violating company rules, so prudency on the job is necessary.
Legal Guidance: Do You Need a Lawyer?
After a slip and fall injury occurs, the workers’ compensation procedures and paperwork can be fairly tedious, complex, and confusing. Even if the injury is minor and expected to heal within a few weeks, legal guidance from a licensed attorney can be extremely helpful. If there are complications with your claim, such as a denial, an employer failing to recognize the extent of the injury, or apparent loopholes with a selected insurance company, then seeking legal counsel is the most strategic move.
If an employee is more seriously injured or partially/totally disabled, then they have the legal right and opportunity for fair representation. Insurance companies are well known for undervaluing payment relief for injured employees, so it would be beneficial for the injured party to seek legal counsel. Taking these precautions will ensure an injured employee receives the maximum benefits they deserve and doing so will not only protect the employee’s future but also their family.
How Can Work Injury Rights Help Maximize Your Slip and Fall Claim?
Work Injury Rights represents clients throughout Florida and provides free, confidential consultations. Their legal team’s reputation surpasses all other local competitors because they provide legal services for workers’ compensation claims on a contingency fee basis, meaning the client pays nothing unless the firm can secure a settlement or jury award on their behalf.
Our legal team and attorneys understand being injured on the job lends a hand to enough stress, so they are dedicated to assisting their clients with all legal aspects of their injuries. Allow us to be your legal support system, and they will work diligently with you to secure the approval of your workers’ compensation claim.
Had a Slip and Fall (Trip and Fall) Accident? Contact Work Injury Rights today to learn more by calling us at 954-833-5226.