Slip and falls are among the most common type of accidents in the country. Every year more than a million people are injured and more than 17,000 people die from injuries suffered as the result of a fall, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of these falls occur at work. When you fall you may feel that it was due to being clumsy so you might be ashamed to report the incident. While some falls may occur without a known reason, others are due to walking in an unsafe area. Your employer may be responsible for the accident due to unsafe conditions.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
The first thing to do after a slip and fall accident is to report the incident. You should always report the accident to the appropriate person or department in your company. Your company should have some rules for filing a report and you must follow these guidelines. You can report the accident verbally, but you should always follow that up with a written report. This should be done as soon after the accident as possible.
Seek medical attention immediately following the accident. A doctor or medical professional must assess the injury to determine how serious it is and begin treatment. In some cases, your company requires that you see their company physician or go to their hospital of preference. It is always better to be safe than sorry so seek medical care rather than letting the injury worsen.
Sometimes you may not realize that you were seriously hurt on the job. The injury could start to hurt later, sometime after the occurrence. If that happens, get medical care and report the injury as soon as you are aware of it. Try to gather the details of the situation including the date, time and location of the incident as well as the names of any witnesses.
How a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help
If you were hurt on the job you are typically entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim. There are temporary or permanent claims depending on the severity of the injury and the length of time you will need to be off work. You will receive payment while you are off work due to a work-related injury. An experienced Rome workers’ compensation attorney will help you with your claim and ensure that you obtain the benefits that you deserve.
Some claims are straightforward while others are more complex. Even claims that might seem simple could become more difficult or reach a roadblock. The best solution is to avoid any problems with your workers’ compensation claim by getting help from a lawyer. If you didn’t get help and your claim was denied there may be something that can be done. An attorney will review the details of the denial and work to resolve appeal the decision.
If you were hurt in a slip and fall accident at work do not delay. Get the help you need from the skilled legal team at The Bader Law Firm. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.