Workplace accidents can be devastating for victims and their families. At best, the accident may result in minor discomfort and time off work. At worst, a workplace accident can cause debilitating injuries or death, leaving the worker and relatives without a source of income to support them and a host of medical bills.
Workers who suffer accidental injuries or occupational illnesses are eligible to receive workers’ compensation from their employer. Such compensation pays for medical bills and supports the workers if their ability to work has been hampered by the injury.
A significant number of workplace accidents result in injuries like slips, trips, and falls. A report from the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index showed that slips, trips, and falls were the second leading cause of workplace injury in 2005. Slips and falls, which can cause serious injuries ranging from broken bones and lacerations to brain injuries, account for nearly $6 billion in direct costs for employers and workers annually, according to the website of The Williams Kherkher Law Firm.
Surprisingly, a majority of fall-related injuries occur when workers fall from same-level surfaces. The risk of falling is greatly increased when employers do not take proper care of their facilities and fail to take sufficient safety precautions to protect their workers. The Occupational Safety & Health Organization publishes regulations that require workplaces to be orderly and organized and have safe, non-slip surfaces.
According to the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, slips, trips, and falls, along with other workplace accidents, can be prevented with the proper materials and supervision. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you should seek immediate medical attention, then determine if you are eligible for workers’ compensation to defray the cost of your injury. If you are not eligible for workers’ comp, then a lawsuit might be your best bet of recuperating your losses.