Work Injury Falls: What You Need to Know
When a person suffers a major injury at work, it often leaves them with many questions. If you suffered serious injuries on the job, it is important to know you are not alone.
Work Injury Falls: A Common Occurrence
The number one cause of an injury sustained in the workplace is a slip-and-fall.
Slip-and-falls are typically unexpected and hard to avoid. Because a fall is unexpected, the injuries can be serious.
Falls are common in the workplace due to several factors:
- Wet floors
- Icy surfaces
- Scattered debris
- Electrical cords
- Uneven surfaces
- Poor lighting
Workers who perform duties that are on elevated surfaces face even more risks daily.
They risk injuries due to falling from:
- Any elevated surface at a jobsite
How To Prevent Falls in the Workplace
Fortunately, there are things we can do to try and avoid a slip-and-fall accident in the workplace.
Employers should train and provide staff with equipment to quickly clean up spills, debris and wet floors from rain and snow. Non-slip mats in all doorways are a good idea as well.
Uneven decks, flooring and other hazards should be marked if they cannot be quickly fixed.
Workers who perform tasks at high elevations should be covered under fall protection per OSHA requirements.
As an employee, you can do your part by practicing safe habits at work, avoiding distractions and reporting any unsafe areas to your management.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim After an Injury
The attorneys at Berger and Green have helped many individuals with their workers’ compensation claims who have been injured in slip-and-fall accidents.
Under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws, this employer-provided insurance is usually your only option for money to cover medical treatment and lost wages. However, at times, a third-party claim may exist.
Workers’ compensation negotiation and litigation is often complex. If you have questions or concerns about your workplace injuries and whether you have a third-party claim, contact an experienced attorney at Berger and Green.
Recovering compensation after a workplace accident
If you were injured on the job, contact the experienced attorneys at Berger and Green.
Berger and Green attorneys can advise you of your rights under the workers’ compensation statute as well as prosecute third party claims for your personal injury when someone other than your employer is at fault for your injuries.
Call Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation