Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency department.
A slip and fall accident is among the most common types of accidents that occur in the workplace. Slip and fall injuries are the main cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for workers aged 55 years and older.
Slip, Trip, & Fall Treatment
Many times the injuries sustained in these accidents won’t present symptoms until a few days later. Employees must report the injuries as being work-related when they seek treatment. Failing to report you injury and seek medical attention immediately can negatively affect your chances of recovering workers’ compensation or financial benefits through a premises liability lawsuit.
Main Causes of Work-Related Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents.
- Damaged carpeting or flooring
- Improperly maintained walkways, flooring, or sidewalks
- Walkways in work environment that are cluttered or otherwise obstructed
- Inadequate lighting in the work area
- Spillage on floor surfaces
- Poor winter weather maintenance
Recovering From Your Work Accident
It is important to seek immediate medical attention after a slip and fall. As with any other workplace injury, it may be possible to obtain workers’ compensation after a slip and fall accident regardless of whether or not your employers was negligent in the events or situation causing the incident. You may also be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits depending on the specific circumstances of your injury. In some cases it is possible to recover additional compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
Slip, Trip, & Fall Coverage
Most injuries that occur at work — such as a slip and fall — are covered by workers’ compensation benefits. Because this is a no-fault system (which means it doesn’t matter who is responsible for the accident — employee, employer or co-worker), it prevents an employee from suing an employer.
However, there are sometimes circumstances under which someone else could be held liable for injuries that occur to workers in New York. This may be possible if a third party’s carelessness or recklessness caused the slip and fall accident to occur.