Slips and falls in workplaces are common accidents that can cause serious injuries, including head injuries, back injuries, and broken bones. According to the National Safety Council, 244,000 workers in a single year had to take time off work due to work-related falls.
If you have suffered a fall at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation insurance, which most employers in North Carolina are required to have, provides paid medical treatment and partial replacement of lost wages for injured full-time and part-time employees. If your employer is disputing your workers’ compensation slip-and-fall claim, a workers’ compensation lawyer can help you determine the appropriate steps to take to pursue the benefits available by law.
At Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A. our legal team works closely with our clients to provide dedicated legal representation and guidance. Attorney Joseph Baznik comes from a Latin background and can communicate one-on-one with Spanish-speaking clients. Ross Weatherspoon also speaks Spanish fluently. Our legal team will be beside you every step of the way throughout the claims process. Contact us today for a free legal consultation, and let us help you seek the benefits you need to recover from a work-related fall injury.
What To Do After a Slip, Trip, or Fall at Work?
Whether you trip over a piece of machinery, slip on a wet floor, or fall from a ladder, you should take certain steps to protect your health and your rights:
- Get medical help as soon as possible – If you sustain an injury in a slip and fall accident at work, you should seek medical treatment.
- Report your injury to your employer – Inform your employer of the accident’s date, time, and location. You should report the workplace accident to your employer as soon as possible.
- Obtain evidence – Take photographs of your injuries and the area where the accident occurred. Get the contact information of any witnesses.
- Seek legal advice – Workers’ compensation is the primary insurance for workplace injuries. If your employer disputes your right to workers’ compensation benefits, consult an attorney with experience handling workers’ compensation cases. An attorney also can evaluate whether you may have a right to pursue a third-party claim if someone other than your employer created unsafe conditions that contributed to your accident. The experienced workplace injury attorneys at Younce, Vitipil, Baznik & Banks are ready to help with your claim.
How Our Workers Compensation Attorneys Can Help
Although you’re not required to have an attorney for a workplace injury case, it is in your best interest to have an attorney’s guidance if you need to appeal a benefits decision, if the employer is trying to push you back to work too soon, or negotiate a settlement. The attorneys with Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A. can investigate the circumstances of your workplace accident and help you seek all the benefits you are owed.
In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, we can review the circumstances of your injury to determine if you might have the basis for pursuing a personal injury claim against someone other than your employer. This could allow you to recover additional compensation beyond that provided by workers’ comp insurance.