The most common work injury is overexertion. This means that employees are lifting or carrying too much for too long. Or they are pushing and throwing too hard and for too long. These kind of activities are consistent and cause major damage. Next to overexertion for work injuries are slip and falls.
Slip and falls are the second most common reason for a work injury. Employees fall for a myriad of reasons. The most common are wet floors or tripping over something that was placed on the floor that shouldn’t be there. Slip and falls are responsible for 1 in 6 lost-time work injuries meaning that the result of the fall was bad enough for the employee to lose work time. Other statistics surrounding slip and falls include slips, trips, and falls make up around 20% of all job-related injuries and they cause around 15% of deaths every year.
If you or a loved one is suffering from an injury due to a slip and fall at work follow the procedure for workers compensation as if it were any other injury. Some tend to think that because you tripped that it must be your fault. Our Worker’s Compensation Attorneys at JML Law, a Professional Law Corporation are here to tell you that it is not your fault. You are not the cause of your slip and fall. However, in order to ensure that it is not your fault you must continue with these steps:
- Get medical attention immediately for your injury and be sure to tell your doctor that you were injured at work.
- Get recovery instructions from your doctor and make sure you follow them completely
- Notify your work that you have been injured and are seeking professional medical attention
- Do not make a statement that it was your fault. If you do this then you are admitting fault and your employment cannot be held responsible which means that you will not be eligible for full compensation of your medical needs.
According to OSHA, over 1 million suffer from slip and fall injuries every year. The most common injury from these slip and falls are fractures or bruises of the hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand. However, if you fall from an elevated level such as from a ladder or some other high place, then you are susceptible to traumatic brain injury which makes up 46% of fatal falls in the United States.
If you have experienced a slip and fall at your work then you are not alone and it is not your fault. You are entitled to compensation, but you will need help. Unfortunately, not all companies look out for their employees and insurance companies aren’t willing to cut a check so easily for your expenses. Call 818-610-8800 or click here to start a conversation with our Slip And Falls Accident Attorney. With over 40 years of experience, we know what works in a claim and what doesn’t.
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