Employers are responsible for providing their employees with a safe work environment; a space where they can fulfill the duties that they were hired to perform without being exposed to dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, however, that’s not always the case. All too often, workers sustain on-the-job injuries; one of the most common being slips and falls. According to the BLS, 27% of all occupational injuries are fall related and require the longest off-work recovery time averaging 28 missed days. After seeking medical attention, notifying your employer and filing a claim, additional evidence needs to be gathered to prove liability. Legal representation can provide the resources to establish if there was negligence in proper maintenance of surfaces, if there were preventable measures that could have been taken, if there were obstructions on the floor and who exactly is responsible.
There are a variety of factors that can lead to a slip and fall accident at work. Some of the most common causes of these type of accidents include:
While slip and fall accidents can happen in any workplace setting, individuals who work in the following industries, in particular, are highly vulnerable to on-the-job falls:
The injuries that result from a fall at work vary, but some of the most common injuries include:
These injuries can cause debilitating pain, can prevent an individual from being able to work, and can cause serious financial, physical, mental, and emotional strain.