Winter weather is well underway.  Ice and freezing temperatures make traveling dangerous for pedestrians and drivers which lead to slip and falls and motor vehicle accidents.  These accidents will contribute to a significant increase in workers’ compensation claims.

Icy roads and mounds of snow make it difficult for pedestrians to travel.  The same goes for drivers.  Icy and snow-covered roads can dramatically increase the chance of an accident.   For those who travel for a living, this will put them even more at risk.             

For example, if a driver for a company were to get into an accident during working hours, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.  The same goes for an employee who may be walking to a meeting and would slip and fall on a patch of ice.  If they were sent to this meeting for work purposes, this would entitle them to workers’ compensation benefits as well.

Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that provides compensation to workers if they were to get injured on the job.  Depending on the severity of your injury and the type of coverage your employer has, you may be entitled to payment of your medical bills, wage loss benefits and temporary disability during the time that you cannot work.   

Recovering compensation after a slip and fall accident.

As an employee, going through the workers’ compensation process can become complex.  Typically, the company will have to approve or deny liability before granting you your lost wages and other benefits.  There are also instances in which you may have been granted benefits, but now the insurance providers or doctors feel you are able to return to work; however, you feel otherwise.  Contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation to discuss your claim.

Source: Grbj.com “Winter slips and falls lead to rise in workers’ comp claims”