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I Slipped and Fell at Work, What Should I Do?

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Workers' Compensation

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), falls are the third leading cause of death in injury-related accidents at work. For some workers, particularly those in the construction field, injury-related accidents occur at a higher rate. But, anyone can slip and fall at work – even those who don’t have a physically strenuous job, such as office employees.

If you were hurt in a slip and fall at work, call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. for help. Our slip and fall workers’ compensation lawyers can help make sense out of your confusing workers’ compensation paperwork so you can get your claim filed right away and begin your recovery.

Call us at (312) 236-2900 to set up a free consultation.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Employers are regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is an organization that provides training resources so companies can maintain a safe and healthy workplace. If you slip and fall at work, it’s possible that your employer was not following OSHA enforcement correctly. Some common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Uneven or cracked flooring
  • Spills or liquids that make the floor slippery
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Materials blocking the walkway, such as debris, tools, or exposed cords
  • Missing stair rails
  • Failure to post warning signs about slippery conditions or other potential problems

While slip and fall injuries can be minor, they often cause serious injuries. In fact, according to NSC’s most recent data, over 47,000 workers who slipped and fell suffered from injuries that were severe enough to require a few days off from work.

Injuries from a Slip and Fall Accident

A slip and fall accident often results in injuries, such as:

  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Spinal injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Slips and falls at work may even lead to death. While the NSC found that the majority of fatal falls were from heights of at least 20 feet, 11 percent of fatalities were attributed to falls that occurred at six feet or lower.

    What to Do If You Slip and Fall At Work

    Illinois requires most companies to maintain workers’ compensation insurance, which covers costs such as medical bills and personal household expenses if you are out of work due to injury.

    But, this insurance doesn’t automatically activate when you get hurt. You need to file a claim with the workers’ compensation insurance company. You may even want to consider filing a third party liability claim if your accident was the direct result of a hazardous environment that wasn’t properly maintained by the building’s owner.

    Hurt at Work? Call a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

    Whether you need to file a first party claim or a third party claim with the insurance company, Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. is here to help. We know how confusing the workers’ compensation process can be, and we can walk you through the paperwork and help you every step of the way so you can focus on your recovery.

    To arrange a free consultation with a trusted lawyer, contact (312) 236-2900.

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