Collecting Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries on the Job
Slip and fall accidents account for more than 20 percent of all workplace injuries. Most often, these accidents result in soft tissue injuries such as sprained ligaments, tendons, and muscles. However, some workers suffer more serious and long-lasting injuries such as head trauma, fractures, and amputations. If you slip and fall at work, you can rest assured that Attorney Gilbert Fisher in Fresno, CA, can help you to navigate the complexities of California’s labor laws and help you collect maximum compensation for your injury. He exclusively handles workers’ compensation cases and can help you achieve a fair outcome. Call (559) 447-1210 or contact us online today to book a free case review.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents at Work
From exposed wires and cables to torn flooring, there are many causes of slip and fall accidents at work:
- Spilled liquids – Water, ice, grease, and other spilled liquids can pose a hazard, as can freshly mopped and polished floors.
- Inadequate warnings –Without blocking off dangerous areas and providing adequate warning signs, workers face a risk of slip and fall accidents.
- Cracked flooring – There are many reasons why floors crack, from dropped heavy objects to inferior tiling. If they are not addressed, these issues can lead to serious injuries.
- Stairway malfunctions – A poorly designed stairway with uneven steps or a broken or missing handrail can lead to an on-the-job injury. If the stairway is poorly lit, it can cause the worker to misjudge the edge of a step and fall down the stairs.
- Holes in the floor – If there is a hole in the floor, it should be guarded by a railing on all sides or have a covering. If either is not present, it can result in a major injury.
California Workers’ Compensation Laws
If you suffer an injury in a slip and fall accident at work, you have a right to workers’ compensation benefits. Employer’s negligence is not required for you to receive damages – the injury itself is sufficient. Workers’ compensation benefits typically include payment of medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and some compensation for lost wages during treatment and recovery.
To start a claim, you must file a “first report of injury” form with your employer. This will include specific information about the incident such as the date, time, and cause of injury. The company will then give you a list of approved physicians and you will select one as your “primary treating physician.” Your primary physician will evaluate you, and if necessary, refer you to a specialist. You can elect to instead see your own physician, but there is no guarantee of reimbursement and you could be saddled with expensive medical bills.
Mr. Fisher can be your advocate during this time and recommend the right course of action to ensure the best outcome.
Schedule a Consultation
If you slip and fall at work, you deserve peace of mind in knowing that an attorney is fighting for your maximum compensation. Call (559) 447-1210 or contact us online today to book a free case review with Gilbert Fisher.