Thousands of workers are injured in on-the-job falls each year. A slip and fall accident in the workplace can force you to miss time from work and leave you with mounting medical bills. If you or a loved one have been injured in an on-the-job-fall accident in Pennsylvania, it takes an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to protect your rights.
For over 30 years, we have been providing injured workers with powerful representation and dependable service. We are knowledgeable in the applicable workers’ compensation laws and have a proven history of helping our clients obtain the benefits they deserve.
Although insurance companies have an unfair advantage and frequently attempt to deny claims, we have the skills and resources to level the playing field. When you consult us, we will handle all the details of your worker’s comp claim so that you can focus on recovering.
Common Causes for On-the-Job Falls
On-the-job falls are one of the most common workplace accidents. The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 26 percent of nonfatal work injuries in 2017 were related to slips, trips and falls; 887 workers died in falls. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has identified falls as one of the “Fatal Four” construction site accidents, accounting for about 38 percent of construction fatalities. Non-fatal fall accidents are most common in health services (e.g. hospitals) and retail industries.
While construction workers are at an especially high risk of falls, any worker can be injured in an on-the-job fall. The most common causes of slip and fall accidents in the workplace include:
- Insufficient training
- Spills, slippery surfaces
- Debris on the ground
- Uneven/damaged flooring
- Poor lighting
- Improperly maintained walkways
- Loose floorboards or rugs
- Unsafe walking ramps
- Unmarked steps
The risk for on-the-job fall accidents increases during winter due to conditions such as ice, sleet, and snow. Regardless of the cause of your workplace fall injury, you have a right to workers’ comp benefits. Whether you are seeking benefits or your claim has been denied, our workers’ compensation lawyers can help.
Common Injuries from On-the-Job Falls
Slip and fall accidents in the workplace may result in serious injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
Although falls from heights (e.g. ladders, roofs, scaffolding, loading docs, catwalks) can cause catastrophic injuries, same-level falls can also be debilitating. In any case, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately after an on-the-job fall to ensure you receive treatment and to prevent your injuries from worsening.
In addition, you must immediately report your injury to your employer or as soon as possible after the accident. If you fail to do so, your workers’ comp claim may be denied. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start working on your claim.
Workers’ Compensation for On-the-Job Fall Victims
If you have been injured in a workplace fall accident, you are entitled to workers’ comp benefits. This includes:
- Medical treatment for your injuries
- Lost wage benefits
- Death benefits for surviving family members
Although Pennsyvnia’s workers’ compensation laws do not allow you to file a lawsuit against your employer, you may have a claim against a negligent third party that caused or contributed to your injury. As an example, you may have a viable third party claim against the property owner of a construction site or a contractor that failed to provide a safe work environment.
In a successful third-party lawsuit, you may be awarded damages beyond the benefits available in a workers’ comp claim, including compensation for pain and suffering, permanent disability, and loss of enjoyment of life. In any event, if you have been injured in a workplace fall accident, you need the powerful representation we have been providing for 30 years..
Contact Our Lancaster On-the-Job Fall Attorneys
A workplace fall injury can become an overwhelming physical, emotional and financial burden. Workers’ compensation insurance is designed to eliminate this stress by covering an injured worker’s medical costs, as well as a percentage of his or her lost wages. Unfortunately, workers’ comp claims are frequently denied.
We are committed to protecting the rights of injured workers and helping them obtain the benefits they need and deserve. If you have been injured in an on-the-job fall, we will make sure your workers’ comp claim is properly handled and also determine whether you have a valid third party claim. Contact our office today to learn how our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers can help. We offer free consultations and you will not pay any attorneys’ fees until we obtain benefits or recover compensation for you.
We serve clients throughout Central Pennsylvania, including Lancaster, York, Lebanon, and Dauphin Counties and the cities of Lewistown, Harrisburg, Carlisle, and Chambersburg. Se habla Español.