Slip and Fall Accidents and Injuries
Our slip and fall attorneys have been representing plaintiffs in their cases for decades. One of the most common accidents that occur at the workplace are slips and falls. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slips, trips, and falls cause almost 700 fatalities annually and many accidents that result in injuries. People do not expect to have slip and fall accidents; however, it is important to be aware of the potential causes and effects to avoid accidents.
There can be many types of events that can cause slips and falls to occur.
- Slippery surfaces: If the area where people are working becomes slippery, there is an increased risk of a worker slipping and becoming injured.
- Unsecured equipment: Unsecured pieces of machinery or cords can cause an accident. If the machines are not properly secured, the risk of accidents can increase.
- Insufficient lighting: Inadequate lighting could be an issue for workers. For example, if workers are unable to see where they are walking, they could trip over stairs or discarded materials.
- Disorganized workstations: Having a cluttered workspace can cause many problems. If tools or materials fall onto the floor, other workers can trip and injure themselves.
When workers suffer from slip and fall accidents, they can sustain multiple injuries. Injuries can vary in severity and the part of the body that is affected. Each depend on the way the person reacts to the slip and fall accident.
- Broken bones and fractures: Common locations of broken bones can include the wrists, arms, and ankles. It is possible to also sustain a fracture in these places, as well as the hips. In fact, people become more prone to break their bones when they are older.
- Sprained ankles or wrists: Sprains can be described as the twisting of ligaments in joints that cause pain and swelling in the affected area. They can also occur in the ankles or wrists.
- Head injuries: Slips and falls have the potential to cause symptoms varying from mild bumps to traumatic brain injuries. Concussions are also possible to occur. Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that detrimentally affect the functions of the brain. Concussions can cause symptoms, such as headaches, that could prolong for a week or three months.
- Cuts and scrapes: These symptoms can be very minor, such as a scrap on the knee, to a large cut that may require stitches.
- Back injuries: Injuries that can occur to the back are generally a result of how the person lands after they fall. People could twist or sprain their back. Others can also experience soreness or back aches as symptoms.
Preventing slips and falls can help maintain the safety of employees and decrease the risk of injuries. Cleaning spills immediately or marking slippery areas are effective ways to avoid accidents. Also, it is safe to remove obstacles that may be in a walkway or work area. Securing equipment or anything that could fall not only prevents slips and falls, but also any serious and fatal injuries. Having bright lighting in walkways and work areas allow people to easily see where they are walking and working. It is also recommended to ensure that machines andequipment are functioning properly before working. Examples can include stabilizing ladders and securing small parts of machines.
Fortunately, Workers’ Compensation can compensate most falls that can occur to workers on the job. However, there are occasions in which people might have to pursue a Personal Injury claim for their fall. If another source is involved with an accident, other than the employer, it would be recommended to file for a personal injury claim. If you have experienced an accident and are uncertain which benefit program you would be able to receive, our Workers’ Compensation or Personal Injury attorneys would be able to explain the best program that would apply to your case.
At this time, O’Connor Law’s slip and fall attorneys will be able to provide assistance and knowledge on cases to help people receive the rightful compensation that they deserve. Generally, compensation is paid for by the insurance company of the person or company in which the accident occurred. By contacting our firm, one of our slip and fall attorneys will be able to ensure that you are receiving the correct and full amount of compensation that you can receive for your injuries.
Since there are different ways to receive compensation from slip and fall accidents, it is recommended to talk with a slip and fall attorney. At O’Connor Law, we understand the trouble of filing for compensation and being wrongfully denied. If you or someone you know has been denied compensation for slip and fall accidents or wants to learn more information, please call our office at 800-518-4529(4LAW).