A slip and fall work injury can cause serious, even traumatic injury, even if the fall seems minor. There have been significant injuries when someone slips on a wet floor, loses their balance on a step ladder or falls down a few steps. Initially, you may not even realize you were injured as strains, muscle tears and even broken bones may not be evident until later.
Although there are many different causes of slip and fall accidents in the workplace, some of the most common include:
When you suffer a slip and fall work accident, your injuries can be severe. Under Pennsylvania law, you are eligible for workers compensation if you are injured after falling in the workplace. Under workers compensation, you do not have to prove fault in the accident. Even if the slip and fall was due to your own negligence, you are still qualified to receive compensation for lost wages and medical bills. However, it is important to report the slip and fall immediately to your employer. Even if you do not think you are injured, filing an accident report is critical should an injury appear at a later time. Muscle injuries, head trauma and broken bones may take a day or two to be diagnosed. If you have not filed a report with your company, you may have difficulty claiming workers compensation.
After filing your report with your employer, you should contact an attorney with experience in work-related slip and fall injuries. Hiring an attorney does not mean you are suing your employer. In fact, Pennsylvania law does not allow personal injury lawsuits against employers for work-related injuries in most cases. An attorney will simply make sure you receive the correct wages during your recovery and that your medical bills are covered completely. This will allow you to focus on healing from your injury rather than worrying about insurance claims and reports.
If you have suffered a slip and fall work injury, contact our office today to arrange for an initial case review. You can arrange for your initial consultation by completing the simple form on our website or giving us a call. We can help you get the compensation you are qualified to receive under the law.