Slip and Fall Injuries Are Common in The Workplace: What to Do If You Have Been Injured

Injuries can happen anywhere, and are as unexpected in the workplace as they are in a restaurant, shopping mall, or at home. Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of injuries, and though they are sometimes a matter of clumsiness, in many cases they are the fault of the owner of the property on which they occurred. In these cases, premises liability law comes into play and victims can file personal injury lawsuits, but when accidents occur in the workplace there are special rules that apply. Slip and fall injuries are common in the workplace, and if they happen to you it is important that you know what to do and what your rights are. The attorneys at Wallace Law are here to help.

When a worker is injured in a slip and fall accident in the workplace, or suffers any other injury on the job, they are entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that employers carry for their employees – it provides full compensation for medical expenses, as well as covering a portion of lost wages should the employee need to miss any work while recuperating. It can also provide long-term disability if the employee is unable to return to work as a result of their injury. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault type of insurance – it does not require the employee to assign any blame on the employer, and provides the employer with a guarantee that they will not be pursued in a personal injury lawsuit. Still, many employers balk at approving workers’ compensation claims. It is important that if you file a claim, you make sure that you follow all of your state’s guidelines and requirements for documentation and meet all deadlines. A workers’ compensation attorney can provide invaluable assistance to you in this process.

In many cases, a slip and fall injury in the workplace may be the result of negligence of a third party, that is neither the employee nor the employer. Examples of third parties who might be liable include the manufacturer of equipment that caused your injury, a delivery person or contractor who was in the workplace, or even faulty work that was done by a subcontractor. The owner of your workplace property, from whom your employer rents space, may be responsible. These are possibilities that may not occur to the employee who was injured, and that’s where the attorneys at Wallace Law may be able to provide you with the most helpful legal guidance. We can represent you in your workers’ compensation appeal, and also provide expertise in determining whether somebody else is to blame for your injury. If you would like to discuss this, please contact our office to set up a convenient appointment. A consultation is free. We are here to help.