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Long Island Slip and Fall Lawyer
Slip and fall accidents and trip and fall accidents are extremely common and could happen to anybody. They can be as simple as tripping on a carpet and hurting your toe or as devastating as slipping on a wet floor and suffering broken bones or serious spinal damage. However minor your injury may seem at first, you may still experience pain or other residual damage that can become debilitating over time. In New York, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits no matter your injury’s severity. However, the longer you wait to file your claim, the easier it becomes for the insurance companies to:
- Deny your claim,
- Reduce your benefits, or
- Cut off your medical treatment.
With this in mind, retaining an experienced attorney is an essential step to securing the compensation you need to recover.
Common Injuries From a Slip and Fall at Work
- Bone fractures are a common and serious injury resulting from falls. The most dangerous types of fractures are hip fractures, which cause the greatest number of severe health problems and fatalities.
- Muscle strain and sprains.
The most serious injuries caused by falls are usually those affecting the spine, the head, the neck, or the joints. However, any part of the body can be severely injured in a fall.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries on the Job
- Slipped on a wet floor. Slick floors are the most common cause of workplace slip and fall injuries.
- Slip and fall on ice at work. Not all workplace injuries take place indoors. Icy walkways, parking lots, loading docks, and other outdoor areas are dangerous.
- Falls from heights. Falling from a high place, such as a ladder, an upper floor of a construction site, a roof, a large piece of machinery, or a staircase is a common occupational hazard.
- Tripping on cracked sidewalks. Even a small crack can cause a serious injury.
- Tripping or slipping on a damaged carpet, worn floors, broken steps, exposed wires, poor lighting, missing guardrails, or unsecured mats. There are many possible hazards when workplaces are not properly maintained.
- Falling for no apparent reason at all. Even if you don’t know why you slipped or tripped, you can still be eligible for Workers’ Compensation if you were injured by your fall on the job.
What Should You Do If You Slip and Fall at Work?
Sometimes when people get hurt on the job, they ignore the injury until it gets much worse. This is a mistake. If you wait too long, you could lose your chance to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits.
To make sure you are protecting your legal rights, this is what you should do if you ever slip or trip and fall at work:
- Get first aid treatment and any other medical attention you need right away.
- Tell your supervisor as soon as possible. Describe your injuries and how the fall happened. If you do not notify your company within 30 days from the time that you fell, you could lose your right to Workers’ Comp payments.
- If you lose time from work because of your injury, file a Workers’ Compensation Claim, and mail it to the nearest Workers’ Compensation Board.
- Continue to follow your doctors’ instructions.
- Follow instructions from the Workers’ Compensation Board, including any requests to get an Independent Medical Examination or to attend hearings.
- If at any stage of this process, you want to talk to an experienced Long Island Workers’ Compensation Lawyer, Terry Katz & Associates would be glad to help. We understand that you may have many questions, and we want to help you do everything you need to do to get the benefits you need. Call us toll-free at (888) 488-7459 for a free consultation.
Compensation: Is Your Employer Liable If You Slipped and Fell at Work?
Workers Compensation is a type of insurance. Most employers have it. This insurance pays employees for their medical expenses and lost wages if they are injured on the job.
Usually, if you were injured because you slipped and fell at work, you will be covered by Workers’ Compensation. Workers’ Compensation is a type of “no-fault” insurance. That means you can get compensation for slip and fall injuries from Workers’ Comp whether or not your employer was at fault for the conditions that caused you to fall on the job.
When you get Workers’ Comp benefits, you can’t sue your employer. That’s because you are already being paid by Workers’ Comp. However, sometimes someone else besides your employer may have done something that caused or contributed to the dangerous condition that caused you to slip or trip.
If a contractor, subcontractor, vendor, employee from another company who you were working with, person or company whose property you were working on, or other third party was negligent, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against them. That would be in addition to any Workers’ Comp benefits you are eligible for. Our lawyers will carefully evaluate your case to identify all potential sources of compensation to ensure you get everything you are legally entitled to.
Talk To A Long Island Slip and Fall Lawyer
If you have been hurt on the job, you deserve compensation. You need money for medical bills and to make up for income you lose when you are unable to work because of your injury.
You don’t want to lose your chance to get Workers’ Compensation benefits. Sometimes things don’t go smoothly. Your employer or your employer’s insurance company may dispute your claim. They could say your injury did not occur at work. Or they might have other objections. The Workers’ Compensation Board could tell you to come to a hearing.
If you have any problem with your Workers’ Compensation slip and fall claims, a slip and fall lawyer can help. Here at Terry Katz & Associates, we fight hard to make sure you get all the compensation for slip and fall injuries that the law allows. In addition to Workers’ Compensation benefits, we can file a personal injury lawsuit in some circumstances where another person or company was negligent in a way that was related to your fall.
If you ever have any questions about what to do after a slip and fall accident at work, feel free to give us a call at (888) 488-7459 or contact us online. We would be glad to help you file a claim, fight a denial, or understand more about the laws and regulations that affect your rights to compensation. We only represent workers. Our offices are conveniently located in Uniondale in Nassau County, and we serve all of Long Island as well as all five boroughs of New York City.