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Slip and Fall: 5 Things to Consider After Being Injured at Work

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Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common ways people are injured at work. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) reports that slip and fall accidents are responsible for more than 20 percent of all workplace injuries, with over 47,000 injuries and 600 deaths annually.

Although many people associate slip and fall injuries with wet floors and a failure to put up caution signs, there are actually several causes of slip and fall accidents at work. The most common of these include:

  • Spilled liquids
  • Poor lighting
  • Uneven or broken stairs
  • Cracked, uneven or torn flooring
  • Holes in the floor
  • Exposed cables or wiring
  • Inadequate or non-existent caution and warning signs
  • Unexpected or abrupt elevator stops

If you’re involved in a slip and fall accident at work, there may be long-term consequences for your physical health, so it’s important to know what to do. Here are five things to strongly consider if you’re injured at work in a slip and fall accident.

1. You Should Inspect and Take Photos of the Area Where You Fell

One important aspect of a slip and fall injury is the ability to demonstrate what caused the accident and who is at fault. For this reason, you should look around the area where your slip and fall occurred, and identify the potential causes of your fall. Ideally, you should be able to explain the exact cause.

You should also take photos of the area as soon as possible after a fall, to maintain a record of the conditions. Whether or not your employer intends to deny an accident claim, they will want to remove the potential slip and fall hazard to prevent other employees from being injured. You should also write down your version of the events at the earliest opportunity, along with the names and contact information of any potential witnesses.

2. You Should Seek Medical Attention, Even if You Feel Okay

While many slip and fall accidents result in minor “soft” injuries that can include contusions or abrasions, small gashes, sprained tendons or muscles, and minor burns, a large number of these accident result in “hard” injuries. This type of injury includes fractured or broken bones, deep gashes, serious burns, head trauma, disk herniations, or even amputations.

It’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a slip and fall accident. Some major injuries such as disk herniations may seem minor at first, but can develop into significant problems later on. In addition to ensuring you are out of immediate danger, a medical examination will give you a professional diagnosis and record of your injuries that you will need to prove your claim.

3. You Should Make Sure to Follow All the Proper Procedures

It’s important to thoroughly document a slip and fall accident with the proper procedures for your employer as well as state regulations. If the incident occurred at a place of business, you should notify a manager or other supervisor immediately. Take note if an employee, supervisor, or manager remarks that someone was aware of the conditions that caused you to fall prior to the accident.

Generally, you will also have to file a DWC-1 or “first report of injury” form with your employer to satisfy the workers’ compensation requirement. If your injuries require immediate medical attention or hospitalization, you can fill out the form once you’ve been stabilized rather than at the scene of the accident.

4. You Should Understand How Workers’ Compensation Works

Be aware that workers’ compensation is designed to cover workplace accidents such as slip and fall injuries, and that in general employers are required to carry this type of protection. In cases of minor or “soft” injuries, workers’ compensation will typically cover all of the medical costs incurred by the injury, including any time off from work recommended by your doctor.

However, in “hard” injury cases, workers’ compensation may try to pay as little as possible for your claim. These instances are usually grounds to discuss your case with an attorney.

5. You Should Know When to Consult an Attorney

Shortly after a major slip and fall accident, you will likely be approached by attorneys or insurance adjusters to settle your claim. Keep in mind that they are working on behalf of your employer and will seek to pay as little as possible.

If your slip and fall accident resulted in serious injuries, it’s a good idea to consult with a lawyer such as those at Ahlander Injury Law as soon as possible. A good personal injury attorney will be able to obtain records and file a lawsuit if necessary, in order to ensure that you are paid fairly for your claims.

While many soft injuries may be settled with workers’ compensation without the need to go to court, hard injuries that result from slip and fall accidents are often more complicated. If you experience a hard slip and fall injury at work, talk to an attorney about the possibility of seeking the compensation you deserve from your workplace.

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