Workers’ Compensation Claims for Slips and Falls
Slip and fall injuries can happen no matter what type of job you have and are especially common. There are many occasions upon which an employee who sustains a ‘slip and fall’ injury can claim workers’ compensation benefits. According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal work injuries from slips and falls have continued to trend upward since 2011, to more than 800 workers killed annually. In fact, falls, without a trip or a slip, which results in injury, may also give rise to a workers’ compensation claim and an entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits.
Even if your accident and the resulting injury doesn’t seem serious, it’s still a good idea to get it examined by a doctor and to report the incident to your supervisor. In most cases, employees who are injured in these accidents can collect workers’ compensation benefits. Failure to do so may jeopardize ability to get Workers’ Compensation benefits for this injury in the future.
Common examples of slip and fall injuries that are considered job related include:
– Slipping on snowy or icy surfaces
– Slipping on a greasy floor
– Slipping on uneven pavement
– Falling after stepping in a hole
– Falling due to damaged work equipment
– Falling from scaffolding or other work equipment
Slip and fall out of court settlement amounts vary based on the strength of your case and the severity of your injuries. Depending on the severity of your injuries, slips and falls can render you permanently disabled from a spinal cord injury or even a brain injury.
For immediate help with a work injury case call (312) 726-5567 for a free consultation or contact us online. We have handled well over 30,000 claims for injured workers throughout the state of Illinois.