Workplace Slip and Fall Lawyer
If you slip and fall at work, you may suffer injuries that take you out of work temporarily, or you may suffer lifelong disability.
Workers' compensation is intended to reimburse injured workers for time off, medical expenses, and other costs associated with the injury.
With offices in Fresno and Salinas, CA, slip and fall lawyer Gilbert Fisher can help navigate the complexities of California's labor laws.
Slip and fall accidents in the workplace can require costly medical care. Our trip and fall attorney can help you collect the compensation necessary to cover these expenses.
Pursuing a workers' comp claim is worth it. Our attorney charges nothing upfront and can pursue compensation to help you recover from your slip or fall.
What Does Workers'
- Medical bills
- Death benefits
- Disability benefits
- Return-to-work supplement
- Supplemental job displacement benefits
California Workers’ Compensation Laws
We can help you take the right course of action
If you have suffered a slip and fall injury at work, you may not know how to proceed with your workers' comp claim. Or, if you have already filed, the insurance company may deny your claim or attempt to reduce your total payment. When it comes to your slip and fall case, Mr. Fisher can be your advocate and recommend the right course of action to ensure the best outcome.
Negligence Not Required
If you suffer an injury in a slip and fall accident at work, you have a right to workers’ compensation benefits. It is not necessary for us to show that the employer, property owner, or another party was negligent in order 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.
Filing a Claim
To start a claim, you must file a “first report of injury” form with your employer. This includes specific information about the incident such as the date, time, and cause of injury. At our law firm's offices in Fresno and Salinas, we can help you file your claim so you have the best chance of obtaining fair compensation.
Seeking Medical Care
Your employer will provide 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 responsible for expensive medical bills.
Learn More About Mr. Fisher
Mr. Fisher has now spent nearly a decade exclusively handling workers' compensation claims. Before dedicating his career to helping injured workers, he practiced law on the insurance company side of these claims. This background allows him to anticipate the tactics insurance companies may use against you.
Our attorney's decision to focus on helping workers was sparked by personal tragedy. His father was a factory worker who was paralyzed and later passed away as the result of a workplace injury. This experience inspired Mr. Fisher to provide the best representation possible to workers and their families.
Mr. Fisher has had continued success over his more than two decades in practice. This allowed him to open a second office in Salinas. His dual locations are ideal for clients who need to appeal a claim, since both Fresno and Salinas have appeals board offices.
Seeking Maximum Compensation? Contact Our Law Firm
If you slip and fall at work, you deserve peace of mind in knowing that an attorney is fighting for maximum compensation. Our attorney can help you file a claim and hold your employer's workers' comp insurance company accountable for your restitution. We can also determine if another party, such as a machinery manufacturer, acted negligently and contributed to your injuries.
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How We Can Help With Workplace Slip and Fall Accidents Mr. Fisher Provides Personalized Representation
Our attorney has intentionally kept his firm small so he can better serve Fresno and Salinas clients. Unlike big firms, when you walk through the doors of our law office you can expect to immediately meet with the attorney handling your case.
What If I'm an Independent Contractor?
Some injured Fresno workers believe they have no right to a workers' comp claim because they are independent contractors. The truth is that this classification is sometimes misused by employers to protect their bottom line. But the courts have the power to designate you as an actual employee who is entitled to workers' comp benefits.
There are many factors that we can use to argue that you were an employee when you suffered your slip and fall accident. For example, you may be considered an employee if the person paying you for work was setting your schedule, providing an hourly wage, was able to fire you, or had control over your work.
What Are Supplements For Job Displacement and Return-to-Work?
Mr. Fisher and his team are here to make each step of the workers' comp process as clear as possible. Confusing terms can make what should be a simple process feel overwhelming. Here is some key information about what these supplements can do for you:
- Job Displacement
- Supplemental job displacement is a workers' comp benefit provided to workers who a) have a permanent partial disability caused by their workplace injury b) have not been offered different work by their employer. This benefit covers skill enhancement or educational retraining that allows the injured worker to obtain a new position that they can handle despite their disability.
- If you have received your supplemental job displacement voucher, you are likely eligible for a return-to-work supplement. The return-to-work supplement is typically a one-time $5,000 payment that is given to workers who have suffered an exceptional loss of income as a result of their slip and fall or other workplace injury.
We Can Handle Your Appeal
Sometimes, workers' comp claims administrators wrongfully deny slip and fall accident claims. Denied workers often feel stranded. They may think they need to start their claim all over from scratch. Others even give up on receiving compensation altogether. But it's important to know that you can appeal a denied claim.
Mr. Gilbert Fisher is a fall lawyer who has handled many workers' comp appeals since 2014. If you have been wrongfully rejected by the system and need help obtaining the compensation you deserve, our personal injury professional is ready to provide the guidance and advocacy you need.
To begin the appeals process, reach out to us. We have offices near the appeals boards in both Fresno and Salinas.
Let Our Lawyer Do the Talking For You
Anything you say about your slip can be used against you to minimize compensation. Insurance company representatives often contact injured workers to try and obtain out-of-context statements. Meanwhile, even comments made to coworkers can harm your claim.
If you are contacted by an insurance company representative, remain polite and refuse any pressure from them. Tell them you would like no further contact and direct all future communication to your attorney, Gilbert Fisher.
If you stay silent and allow Fresno attorney Fisher to do the talking for you, you can avoid making statements that could harm your case. Call or send us a message to book your free consultation.
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Types of Falls
Slips, Trips, and Falls at Work
Spilled liquids such as water, ice, grease, and other materials can pose a hazard. In addition, freshly mopped and polished floors can make the surface more slippery, placing workers at risk for falls. Dusty floors can also make workers more prone to slipping. Rainy or icy conditions are another circumstance that frequently increases the risk of workplace falls.
Loose Flooring and Faulty Stairs
Loose rugs, mats, or other flooring can cause employees to slip. Hitting your head on flooring can cause severe harm, such as a traumatic brain injury. Similarly, a stairway with uneven steps or a broken or missing handrail can easily lead to an on-the-job injury with devastating and debilitating consequences.
Poorly Lit Areas
Workers are more likely to fall if an area is poorly lit. This is especially true on stairways, steps, or ledges. With low lighting, employees can misjudge or fail to see the edge of a step or ledge, resulting in a fall.
Obstacles or Obstructions
Obstacles like exposed wires, cables, and other objects on the floor can cause an employee to trip. Fixed obstructions like low walls, curbs in parking lots, and more can also pose tripping hazards.
Falls from Great Heights
Falls from great heights like ladders, scaffolding, or areas lacking guardrails can cause catastrophic injuries. These types of injuries typically occur in the construction industry. They may result in long-term or permanent injuries, and our firm is ready to fight for the compensation you will need in order to overcome your losses.
Types of Injuries in Slip and Fall Cases
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 brain injuries, fractures, and amputations. Getting in touch with our offices in Fresno or Salinas can help you learn more about your short- and long-term legal options.
The Clock Is Ticking Missing a deadline could destroy your case
When it comes to workers' compensation claims, you have 30 days from the time of your fall accident to notify your employer in writing about what happened. The statute of limitations for filing your workers' compensation lawsuit gives you one year from the day of your fall accident.
When it comes to filing a personal injury, premises liability, or wrongful death lawsuit, California’s statute of limitations gives you two years from the date of your slip and fall accident to bring action against a property owner or other party.
Extensions are not common, but a statute of limitations could be extended if the injured person did not realize their slip and fall was caused by another person, if the injured person was a minor and could not file a lawsuit, or if the liable party left California before the lawsuit could be filed.
Talk To a Workplace Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Mr. Fisher is here to help you
If you have been injured on the job, you need a fall lawyer who can protect your best interests. Attorney Gilbert E. Fisher can review the details of your slip, trip, or fall accident, helping you work within the statute of limitations that applies to your case.
Don't let important deadlines pass you by. To find out if you have a case, and to take the first step towards getting the compensation you deserve, contact our firm for your free consultation.
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Should I Pursue a Personal Injury, Premises Liability, or Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
If injured workers decide to pursue a personal injury, premises liability, or wrongful death lawsuit, a trip and fall attorney will need to establish third-party negligence. It is important to note that you may not be eligible to claim workers' comp benefits if you pursue these types of lawsuits.
If you feel that the negligence of a property owner, co-worker, third-party company, or another party caused injuries resulting in lifelong disabilities, a compromised ability to work, and a reduced quality of life, an injury lawsuit may be the best option. While these types of lawsuits require the plaintiff to prove negligence on the part of the property owner or other liable party, in certain cases, they offer the best chance to recover full compensation for work injuries and lifelong disabilities. We have offices in Fresno and Salinas where Mr. Fisher can review the details of your injury and determine which option is most appropriate in your case.
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