Slip & Fall Accidents at Work | Workers’ Compensation | Kenton Koszdin

Slips and falls at work can occur in any industry – leading to serious and life-changing injuries. If you have been hurt in the course of your job, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance may provide financial benefits to you.

If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident, contact the skilled legal team at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office for a free consultation.

Our Trusted Slip & Fall Workers’ Compensation Attorney Will Aggressively Fight for the Compensation You Deserve

If you or a loved one fell on the job and are now coping with injuries, medical bills, and the frustration of missing paychecks, you are not alone. Slip and fall accidents are common. But being fairly compensated is not automatic.

After suffering slip and fall injuries at work, you need to speak to a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney about your right to benefits. The skilled legal team at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office has been helping workers who suffered debilitating workplace injuries from falls for more than a decade. We are ready to help you now.

Types of Workplace Slip and Falls

Falls at work generally fall into two categories:

Falls to lower levels: Also known as elevated falls or falls from heights, this type of fall occurs when a worker slips or trips and falls from a heightened surface. A fall to a lower level can be from several to many feet. Common falls to lower levels, including platform and scaffolding falls and falls down stairs.

Same-level falls: Tripping or slipping and falling on the ground, rather than from a higher elevation, is the most common type of fall-related workplace injury. Injuries from same-level falls can be just as serious as falls from heights – and may result in brain injury, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and other debilitating injuries.

Examples of workplace conditions that may contribute to a workplace accident and serious injuries:

  • Clutter on paths or stairways
  • Collapsing scaffolding
  • Defective flooring conditions
  • Defective ladders
  • Equipment left out in traffic area
  • Frayed or loose carpeting
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Missing handrails on stairs
  • Rotting wood walkways or steps
  • Slippery floors
  • Uncleaned spills
  • Uncovered wires or cords
  • Uneven flooring surfaces
  • Unsecured mats or rugs
  • Wet ice on walkways or steps

Common Types of Injuries Caused By Falls

Even seemingly minor falls can result in serious, sometimes life-threatening injuries. How your body falls to the ground, the type of surface you land on, how fast you were moving when you fell, etc., can all impact how seriously you are hurt, and the extent that you can recover. 

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration lists the following as some of the most common workplace fall injuries:

Cuts, Scrapes, and Bruises

Cuts and punctures are, in fact, one of the top reasons for lost workdays. Infection is a risk, even with a simple abrasion. Scrapes and bruises often are downplayed, leading to underlying injuries going untreated. All injuries should be professionally assessed. 

Soft-Tissue Injuries

Sprains and strains involved stretched or torn ligaments, tendons, or muscles. These Soft-tissue injuries may be unnoticed initially. The back often is vulnerable to serious soft-tissue injuries which can be debilitating. Care for these injuries can range from painkillers and ice packs to surgeries and physical/occupational therapies.

Broken Bones

As people fall, they instinctively try to minimize the impact. As a result, hands, wrists, and elbows often are damaged. Hip and pelvic fractures are common, too, especially among older victims. Even simple breaks can result in long-term effects such as arthritis.

Head and Brain Injury

Severe blows to the head are common in falls and can yield traumatic brain injuries. A TBI can change your personality, disable you, or even be fatal. Recovery can take years, and full recovery may not be possible. Long-term care can include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech or language therapy, and vocational therapy.

Neck, Back, and Spinal Cord Injuries

Damage to the top of the spinal column poses the most risk of full paralysis. In severe cases, treatment is long, painful, and quite costly. Recovery can entail multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation to recover some semblance of normal physical activity. 

The most common body parts injured in falls are the knee, ankle and/or foot, wrist and/or elbow, back and/or shoulder, hip, and head.

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What to Do If You Are Injured in a Workplace Fall

If you fall at work, below are the common-sense steps that should be taken to address medical and legal complications – even if injuries are not immediately apparent:

  • Seek medical treatment. Go to the hospital and follow the advice of your healthcare providers. Beyond the obvious reasons for medical care, the documentation that treatment produces — and proof that you sought care and followed instructions — can be the key to success in pursuing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
  • Report your fall accident injuries. Tell your supervisor or manager what happened and get acknowledgment in writing. Don’t delay – It is crucial that you report a workplace accident as soon as possible.
  • Take notes. Document where, how, and why you fell. Jot down the time and date. Note all potential witnesses to the accident.
  • Consult a lawyer. Although the California workers’ compensation system is designed to assist injured workers, a claim for benefits can be quite complex. You should schedule a free consultation with an attorney as soon as possible to discuss how to move forward.

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