Slip And Fall Injuries And Workers’ Compensation
Slip and fall injuries are some of the most commonly reported workplace injuries every year across the United States. In fact, statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor reported over 212,000 injuries and 605 fatalities as a result of workplace fall accidents in 2009, costing over $70 billion in medical and workers’ compensation costs. Slip and fall accidents can happen in a variety of professional fields from construction workers walking across scaffolding to retail workers climbing ladders to stock shelves.
Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can result in a number of injuries from sprains and strains to broken bones or even traumatic brain injuries, causing you to miss weeks or even months of work. Some common slip and fall accidents include the following:
- Same-level slip and fall injuries: These injuries typically happen when someone slips on a slick or wet surface or trips over a cord or other object in the floor.
- Falls from heights: Very common with construction jobs where workers fall from ladders, scaffolding, and other heights. These injuries often cause serious damage.
- Hitting another object: In some cases a person may fall and hit another object such as a desk, file cabinet, or other object.
Not only are these accidents some of the most common workplace injuries, but they are also the leading cause of work-related fatalities.
If you were injured on the job, an experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney can help you pursue the workers’ compensation benefits you need.