Were you hurt in an on-the-job slip (or trip) and fall accident? You’re not alone. Slips, trips, and falls lead to a surprising number of workers’ compensation claims each year. In fact, in 2018, they accounted for more than a quarter (27 percent) of nonfatal injury claims that resulted in missed days from work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What makes these accidents so common and serious? Slip and trip hazards exist in virtually every type of workplace—from construction sites to office buildings. Sadly, under the right—or, rather, the wrong—circumstances, they can cause devastating injuries, some of which may require extensive treatment and keep you out of work indefinitely. Here’s what you need to know about New York Workers’ Compensation benefits for slips, trips, and falls—and how our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys can handle your claim from start to finish.
Whether your job has you indoors, outdoors, or on the road, here are some of the most common hazards linked to workplace slips, trips, and falls:
Think the consequences of slips, trips, and falls on the same level couldn’t possibly be that serious? Think again. While some slip-and-fall victims sustain only bumps and bruises, others suffer significant and life-altering injuries as a result of these seemingly minor accidents. Common workplace fall injuries include:
Though soft-tissue injuries, fractures, and other minor to moderate slip-and-fall injuries heal with time and treatment, others—like TBIs and paralysis—often require ongoing medical care and can permanently affect your ability to work. Fortunately, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
If you’re hurt while carrying out the duties of your employment, you’re likely covered by workers’ compensation—a no-fault insurance system carried by the vast majority of employers. New York workers’ comp provides the following benefits for employees injured in slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents.
How long workers’ comp indemnity payments last depends on the type and extent of your injury.
Don’t forfeit your right to collect workers’ compensation benefits for an on-the-job slip and fall. After your accident:
Despite being a no-fault insurance system designed to compensate employees for injuries sustained on the job, obtaining the workers’ compensation benefits you need and deserve can be challenging. Fortunately, we can help. At O’Connor Law PLLC, our team of adept workers’ compensation lawyers helps injured workers like you recover fair benefits. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation. Don’t delay, as missing key deadlines can irreparably harm your case.