Workplace Slip-and-Fall Injuries
Have you ever had a slip-and-fall? I don’t know about you, but the first thing “I do” when I tumble is try to do it gracefully. Next order of business is to thrust my hands out in front of me (or in back of me) and try to protect my face or backside. Basically, I am trying to break my fall rather than break my nose or tailbone. Once I make contact with solid ground (ouch), I take a look around hoping no one saw what just went down. Even if my fall was not seen — it probably was felt and heard. Thump, bump-bump….expletive!
Workplace skip-and-fall injuries result in over one million claims being filed for worker’s compensation benefits each year. This according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
Types of Workplace Slip-and-Fall Injuries
Some workplace slip-and-fall injuries are minor while others end up being quite serious. I’ve personally handled traumatic brain injuries, herniated disks, blown out knees, severe burns, broken bones resulting from slip and fall accidents.
In addition to employer liability, sometimes a third party is also responsible. Occasionally, there will be a defect in the flooring that enables moving forward against a manufacturer, and sometimes a staircase is defectively designed. Third parties can be designers, manufacturer’s, installers and others.
Potential Dangers in the Workplace
♦ Slick Floors
♦ Spilled Liquids
♦ Loose cables and cords on the floor
♦ Deteriorating or uneven Floors and Carpet
♦ Staircases or steps broken or with improper lighting
♦ Inadequate lighting
♦ Inadequate signs in place warning of wet floors
Employers are required to follow Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
For more information about the 4 Stage Process of a Workers’ Compensation Injury click here.
We specialize in on the job injuries and cases where a third party is also a cause of injury or death.
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