Workers Comp for Slip and Fall Injuries
Workers' Comp for Slip and Fall Injuries
The U.S. Bureau of Labor reported that slip or fall accidents caused 1,176,340 work injuries in 2020. Injuries ranged from minor pain to devastating damage. California & Texas are the leading states for on-the-job accidents. These incidents will continue.
The most common reported injuries are:
Fractures and Broken Bones
Falls can lead to fractures in the wrists, arms, hips, or legs. This is particularly common among older individuals. Hip fractures are prevalent and can have severe consequences for older adults.
Sprain or Strain
Twisting or stretching during a fall can cause sprained ligaments or strained muscles. Such injuries usually affect the ankles and wrists.
Falls can cause head trauma. This can range from minor concussions to more severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Even a insignificant fall can cause significant head injuries.
Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
Landing on the back can lead to spinal cord injuries. This can cause chronic pain, paralysis, or other long-term complications.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Bruises, cuts, abrasions, and contusions are common, especially when falling on hard surfaces:
Falls can displace joints, leading to dislocations. For example, in the shoulder or hip.
The problem that employees often face is knowing what to do on workers’ comp for slip and fall injuries afterwards.
What should you do if you suffer an injury at work due to a slip or fall?
After suffering a job injury, take action with these tips:
No matter how minor your injuries may seem, visit a healthcare provider to be checked by a doctor right away. Establish an official record.
Notify your superior about the occurrence. File an injury report.
Begin action on your work injury claim. Collect and organize all evidence to support your claim.
Take the next step…
At the Law Office of Thomas M. DeBenedetto, we have been helping workers with slip and fall work injuries in San Diego since 1992.
We work with employers and workers’ comp insurance companies get you the benefits you deserve.
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Frequently Asked Questions on Slip and Fall Work Injuries
You have 30 days to notify your employer if you’ve slipped, tripped, or fallen at work in California. Act as soon as possible.
If a worker files a compensation claim, the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) notes that delays in reporting can cause problems.
If everything goes as planned, payment will arrive within 30 days. Yet, difficulties associated with claims often surface. Cases with severe injuries need more time. Evidence to support the claim is needed. The insurance company disputes parts or the entire claim. You have to make a hearing in front of a judge. These factors all affect the settlement process.
It’s vital to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. They will ensure you receive compensation for your injury.
Settlements on workers’ comp for slip and fall injuries differ in California. Yet, the average claim amount is between $10,000 and 50,000 dollars. The extent of the injury and how the quality of life has changed for the injured influences the claim.
More severe injuries, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), result in higher settlements. This type of case involves extensive medical care and can cause long-term impairment.
- broken bones
- twisted ligaments
- head trauma
- paralysis of the spine
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