Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Slip and Fall AccidentsApril 25, 2016
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common causes of workplace injuries and fatalities. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that slip and fall accidents are responsible for 15 percent of all work-related fatalities in the United States. Depending on the severity of the injury, the medical bills and lost wages resulting from the work injury can be financially devastating for the employee. It can be overwhelming to face this kind of financial insecurity, wondering whether you are going to be able to pay your bills and feed you family while recovering from an injury. A skilled Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyer can address these concerns and make sure that you receive the benefits you deserve.
Regardless of the environment in which you work, you may encounter a range of factors that can cause you to slip or fall, resulting in minor to severe injuries. Some of the most common risk factors include the following:
- Spills or slick material on floors, including mud, water or spilled beverages
- Dry materials that can make a surface slippery, including dust, plastic or wood
- Recently polished or waxed floors
- Transitioning from one type of surface to another, like carpet to hardwood
- Loose floorboards
- Irregular surfaces
- Wet shoes
- Poor lighting
- Missing floorboards or tiles
- Uncovered hoses, wires or extension cords
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
If your slip and fall injury occurred while performing work-related duties, you are eligible to file for Workers’ Compensation benefits, which can include the following:
- Medical benefits, including hospital bills, physical therapy, medications and medical equipment
- Disability benefits, also known as lost wage benefits, and can include temporary disability benefits, permanent partial disability benefits or permanent total disability benefits
- Death benefits for surviving family members
If an employee is injured at work as a result of a slip and fall accident, he or she may assume that filing a lawsuit against the employer is the logical next step. However, this is not the case. Workers’ Compensation prevents workers from filing lawsuits against their employers. Filing a Workers’ Compensation claim is the appropriate next step in securing the financial compensation for any injuries or lost wages. An exception to this rule is when a third party is involved.
A third party is anyone involved in your accident that is not your employer, or employed by your employer. For example, if you slipped and fell from a defective ladder, the manufacturer of the ladder is an example of a third party that could be held liable for your injuries. In order to pursue a third-party claim, you will have to prove that the third party was at fault. This means the third party acted in a way that violated the level of care you deserve, or failed to maintain a product or property at an acceptable level of safety. If you can prove negligence, the third party may be responsible for all costs related to your injuries.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help with All Aspects of Workers’ Compensation Claims
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a slip and fall accident, our Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton are on your side to ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve. We will not stop fighting on your behalf until you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. For a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.