Falls at work are a leading cause of occupational injury.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), approximately 250,000 workers each year miss work time due to injuries from slips, trips, and falls. Around 25 percent of all disability claims in America result from falls. These claims are worth an estimated $15 billion annually.
Common fall injuries include sprains and strains, bruises and contusions, abrasions and lacerations, and fractures. Typical injury sites are the knee, ankle, and foot, the wrist and elbow, the back and shoulder, the hip, and the head. Some fall injuries can be serious and debilitating, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), back and spinal cord injuries, and hip fractures.
If you are injured in a fall at work, your employer may have their own interests in mind, since work-related injuries can be costly. You should therefore take immediate steps to protect your wellbeing and your worker rights.
- Seek Medical Attention: Your health should be your priority after a fall. The severity of an injury is not always readily apparent. Even a serious injury such as a concussion can have subtle symptoms that only a physician can identify. Medical records are also important evidence should you decide to file a claim for compensation
- Report Your Injury: Your injury should be reported to your employer as soon as possible. There are strict regulations governing when a workplace injury needs to be reported, as well as detailed reporting guidelines. Failure to promptly report your injury could result in the denial of your worker benefits.
- Keep Meticulous Records: Be sure to obtain a copy of the workplace accident report. You should also keep records of doctors, insurance representatives, supervisors, union representatives, witnesses, and anyone else who is a party to the accident and subsequent accident-related events. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene. Continue to keep records of bills, doctor visits, and other important documents and communications.
- Follow Medical Advice: It is important to your health and to your claim to carefully follow all orders given by healthcare providers. Failure to obey medical advice could result in an incomplete recovery and give your employer grounds to dispute or deny your claim.
- Contact an Attorney: An experienced workplace injury attorney will make sure that you receive the benefits and care that you are entitled to when you are injured on the job. If you do not understand any aspect of your case, it’s a good idea to speak with an attorney. And certain situations demand legal assistance, such as a serious injury, a disputed or denied claim, or an appearance at a workers’ compensation hearing.
Experienced Bronx slip and fall attorney dedicated to helping you after a workplace injury
The Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn are committed to serving injured workers in the Bronx and throughout New York City. We understand that your injuries may be severe and that your livelihood may be at stake. If you were hurt on the job, call us at 718-409-5500 or contact us today. Se habla español.