When we think of workplace accidents, we often think of those that make headlines, such as explosions, freak incidents, and other glaring accounts of egregious safety disregard. However, the most common type of workplace injuries result from something far less graphic or extraordinary.
Slip and fall accidents account for over a third of all workplace injuries. At Accident Help Zone, we understand how a simple slip and fall at work can create serious injuries and long-term effects. Below, we strive to educate you on the types of slips and falls most commonly reported, as well as the 10 steps you should take if you have suffered from such an accident at work.
Wet or uneven surfaces are the most common areas to suffer from a slip and fall-related injury. This can include areas that suffer from cluttered floors, loose floorboards, cracked or ill-fitted sidewalk, potholes, poorly constructed stairways, rugs, and recently mopped floors. Other types of situations that may lead to slip and fall injuries include, but are not limited to:
Not all injuries can be avoided, however. After all, that is the nature of an accident. If you have suffered from a slip and fall accident at work, there are several steps you should take to ensure you limit your pain, suffering, and long-term effects of such an injury. So what can you do?
Whether you believe an injury is serious or not, you should seek medical help as soon as possible after a slip and fall. (In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that out of every five slip and fall accidents, one will result in serious injuries.)
Any types of recorded statement can be used against you later. Unfortunately, in many slip and fall cases, the employer’s workers compensation insurance will look for a way to deflect blame or causation back onto the victim. After a slip and fall, this insurance company will likely contact you looking to obtain a statement. You should not provide one, nor sign anything, without the presence of your attorney to ensure you give an accurate, succinct statement after obtaining counsel.
Tracking your injuries, treatments, feelings, and post-accident work environment can be tedious and can lead to confusion. To help ensure you keep an accurate account of everything that contributed to and resulted from your injury, it is advised that you maintain a journal of your progress. The more thorough your record keeping and journaling, the more likely you will be able to accurately capture all aspects of your post-injury environment, feelings, progress, and financials.
In conjunction with keeping a journal, you should gather evidence. This can include doctors’ reports, medical bills, pictures of the injury and workplace, and other such documents that can substantiate your claim.
Should you slip and fall, it is important that you report it to the proper person. Telling a co-worker instead of a supervisor, for example, could be grounds for your employer to claim that they had no idea you had even fallen.
Identifying witnesses and collecting their information can help your case. Getting a recorded statement as soon as possible after a slip and fall accident is important as memories tend to fade after time. Witness statements may help to prove your case should a lawsuit or claims process be required.
Do not intentionally exacerbate your injury. Following your doctors’ orders will help with your recovery, as well as help to substantiate your claims.
Social media can severely damage your claim. You should limit any posts, including statement and photographs posted to social media accounts that may make your injuries appear less serious than you claim.
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere. You should determine who is liable for your slip and fall. Speaking with an attorney may be the best way to do so should the claim appear convoluted or overly complicated.
Workplace injuries should not be addressed alone. Hiring an attorney is essential, whether you plan on filing a claim or not.
Accident Help Zone strives to educate employees and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Personal injuries can be complex and devastating. If you have been suffered a workplace injury, visit Accident Help Zone today to learn more about your rights.
If you or your family member have been involved in a workplace accident or injured at work in New York, we invite you to explore our free comprehensive library of work-related accident information. Whether you need more information about filing your workers’ compensation claim or need help with finding out how to get an accident injury doctors or workers’ comp attorney for your on-the-job injuries, you’ve come to the right place – Accident Help Zone is here to help you and your loved ones!