Slip and Fall Injuries on the Job
When thinking of the phrase “workplace injuries” your brain likely conjures images of accidents involving machinery, electrocution or other types of industrial incidents which cause severe harm. However, you may be surprised to learn that the most common cause of workplace injury is much simpler – slipping and falling. Slip and falls can happen to anyone at any time working any job, and can result in injuries just as serious as more dramatic types of accidents. If you were injured by a slip and fall at work, contact an expert slip and fall attorney from the Cambridge firm of Altman & Altman LLP today.Slip and Falls Account for About 1/3 of all Workers’ Compensation Claims
The prevalence of slip and fall injuries in the workplace is undeniable. These incidents can occur for many different reasons, and can result in varying degrees of severity. Slip and falls can cause serious injuries that impact your ability to work and collect a regular paycheck, such as:
- Broken bones
- Concussions and other head trauma
- Deep internal bruises
- Lingering or permanent back/neck injuries
Sometimes a slip and fall is simply an accident, but in other cases a slip and fall happens because an employer or other third party was negligent in their responsibility to provide a safe work environment. Some examples may include:
- A work surface was left slippery or slick without proper signing to warn of its condition
- Preventative slip and fall measures, such as textured flooring or anti-slip footwear were not provided or implemented in areas that would reasonably become slippery
- Precautions to prevent spills from occurring are not taken, resulting in a hazardous work environment
In these cases, you may be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent party in order to receive financial compensation to help pay for your medical expenses, recover lost wages from being unable to work or to simply help provide peace of mind while you’re on the mend. An expert slip and fall attorney from Altman & Altman can assess your unique situation and ascertain exactly how strong of a case you may have.Or to Collect Workers’ Compensation
Regardless of whether or not you are seeking to file a claim, if you are injured while on the job and performing your normal work responsibilities, you have a right to receive workers’ compensation to help you get through tough financial times when you’re unable to work to your full capacity. The amount of compensation you are eligible for and the amount of time you may receive it depends on the severity of your injury, but you have a right to collect it regardless.
This does not mean employers will always be happy and willing to provide you with these benefits. Your employer, or their insurance company, may try to fight the workers’ compensation claim under the notion that the accident was unavoidable and that they don’t share any culpability for the incident. This is why hiring a knowledgeable personal injury attorney is crucial after any workplace injury.We Provide Dedicated, Proven Legal Guidance
The attorneys at Altman & Altman have over 50 years of experience advocating on behalf of clients who have been injured at work due to slips and falls throughout Massachusetts, including our home city of Cambridge and the surrounding Greater Boston Area. We have extensive experience working with insurance companies to ensure workers’ compensation is paid on time and to a fair amount, in addition to pursuing successful claims against negligent employers and other third parties.
We understand the time immediately following a slip and fall is crucial. We provide free consultations to go over the facts of your case and provide a tailored legal strategy with your specific goals in mind. Contact us online or call to go over the details of your case today at 617.492.3000 or toll-free at 800.481.6199. We are available 24/7.