Although many who slip and fall may only suffer minor scrapes and bruises, others victims of slip and fall accidents may not be so fortunate. In fact, slip and falls are the primary reason many suffer major injuries, with many accidents occurring at work.
In 2016, 697 workers died in falls to a lower level, and 48,060 were injured badly enough to require days off of work. A worker doesn’t have fall from a high level to suffer fatal injuries; 134 workers were killed in falls on the same level in 2016, according to Injury Facts. Construction workers are most at risk for fatal falls from height – more than seven times the rate of other industries – but falls can happen anywhere, even at a “desk job.”The National Safety Council
Every year, millions of people fall in America, with many seeking medical care in emergency rooms across the country. Anything from poor lighting to missing handrails, icy conditions, or cables running across floors can cause a slip and fall accident resulting in injuries or even death.
When employees are injured on the job, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for the treatment of their injuries and lost wages. Those who are hurt when visiting businesses or residences where negligent conditions contribute to a fall may seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages through a personal injury claim.
When you are the victim of a serious slip and fall accident it is important to seek the help of an experienced workers’ compensation and personal injury attorney to protect your rights and pursue maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact the workers’ compensation, personal injury attorneys of Stoltze & Stoltze PLC for your free consultation at 515-244-1473.