slip and fall injury

The Truth and Associated Hazards Regarding a Slip and Fall Injury

 

The Truth and Associated Hazards Regarding a Slip and Fall Injury

Patrick, a 45-year-old roofer, slipped and fell while on the job one day and ended up in the hospital with both of his legs fractured. It kept him out of his job for more than a month, and he received no compensation whatsoever.

Does that sound familiar? Well, this could be anybody’s story and many people who are not aware of the reality. If you suffer a personal injury while trying to do your job as perfectly as possible, you shouldn’t be left out in the cold with medical bills to pay and not being able to work.

Though a slip and fall incident might not always be serious, it should never be taken lightly. The consequences of tripping on a nail or slipping due to a faulty pair of work boots or a slippery tarmac can prove to be a huge burden. It can set you back both physically as well as financially.

You can claim compensation from your employer or the authority in charge of maintaining the surface. Recent statistics reveal that upwards of $63 billion was paid out as workman’s compensation in 2013 and these include wage loss and medical benefits. There are provisions of having your medical expenses reimbursed by the concerned authority as per the personal injury law across the United States.

You will be amazed to find that many employers take the issue of safety lightly despite repeated warnings and safety standards recommended by OSHA. You should do your due diligence in the workplace if your employer has a lackluster attitude towards safety.

Several surveys have identified the problem areas prevalent across industries and within the public areas though. The professionals have agreed that conditions need to change for the better to save not only a hapless citizen from physical harm but also an employer from having to pay a huge sum as workers’ compensation.

 

Plausible Solutions

  • All risk zones need to be covered or repaired at the earliest
  • Both employers, as well as employees, need to undergo OSHA training on ‘Walking-Working Surfaces rule’ as per the recent addition to the regulations
  • All employees working in hazardous areas need to wear protective clothing
  • All flat surfaces in front of the entrances and exits at public places need to be moisture free with adequate traction to avoid falls.

Unfortunately, you might not be able to prevent slipping and falling while on the job. Well, you certainly do not have to break an arm or leg to claim compensation. Don’t know where to look? No issues! A personal injury lawyer can help look at your case you and suggest you the best way forward.

 

Is it necessary to contact a personal injury attorney?

Filing a claim yourself can be a tedious process whether you are hit by a car or suffer a serious injury on the job. In addition to the mental agony and stress of not being able to go back to work, proper paperwork, keeping track of medical bills and putting together witnesses can be a daunting task. A personal injury attorney can help you prove the liability of your employer or the authorities responsible for maintenance of a public place. Your attorney will be able to discuss the matter in detail with both the insurance carrier as well as the defendant and educate them about the facts uncovered in your favor.

 

Proving liability & damage

Your attorney is indeed the best person to check all the possibilities in light of the local laws and arrive at a decision. You are likely to be privy to his or her conclusion about recreating the entire incidence. Any violation of the law will be discussed with the defendant’s lawyer and testified by a witness, if available in the court. However, insurance companies can also try to settle the case out of court. Beware of accepting a lower amount of compensation, and having a work injury lawyer on your side can certainly be advantageous.

 

The damages can be proved conclusively once the lawyer is able to:

  • Provide properly documented proof of your lost income
  • Submit all the medical bills in court
  • Request your doctor for a medical report that clearly states the nature of your injuries along with the effect it will have on your normal life in the future
  • Create an argument that substantiates the amount of pain and suffering that you had to go through on account of the personal injury

 

If you or your loved ones have slipped and fell and sustained injuries at work, understandably you’re going through a lot. A personal injury lawyer can help you navigate through the complex process of filing a claim and make sure that you get what you rightly deserve. Contact us or call the offices of Brett Tessler & Associates, P.C. at (215) 569-9005 to find out if your case qualifies and the amount of compensation that you could claim.