Workers’ Compensation for Slip and Fall Accidents
We all go to work every day to make a living in order to help support our families. But unfortunately, a large number of people are injured every single day while simply trying to make a living. In fact, over 12,000 people are injured on-the-job on a daily basis here in this country. And while slip and falls may not be the first injuries you think of in the workplace, they unfortunately pose more of a risk than you may think because they can literally happen in any workplace environment.
Slip and fall accidents are often unexpected and occur suddenly. Therefore, the resulting injuries can be even more devastating due to the surroundings and additional hazards when these incidents take place at work.
How Common Are Slip and Fall Injuries at Work?
Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents are common in the workplace and make up a significant percentage of reported workplace injuries nationwide. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 26 percent of the almost 900,000 nonfatal work injuries resulting in days away from work in 2017 were related to slips, trips, and falls.
Can Workers’ Compensation Benefits Be Obtained for Slip and Fall Accidents?
Yes. Victims of slip and fall accidents frequently suffer severe or even permanent injuries that prevent them from being able to work. Therefore, it is important that injured workers understand their right to seek workers’ compensation benefits to help them recover from their injuries. Under Florida law, an employee who was injured during the course and scope of his or her job is generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for those injuries, including those resulting from a workplace slip and fall. Because this is a no-fault system, an employee does not need to show any negligence on the part of the employer.
Why Do I Need Legal Help to Pursue Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
In theory, the fact that Florida’s workers’ compensation system does not require a showing of negligence would make it more straightforward to obtain benefits for workplace injuries. In reality, injured workers often end up in a battle against an employer and its insurance company to obtain the benefits they deserve. Obtaining legal help from the very beginning can help you ensure that you maximize your chances of obtaining the benefits you deserve as quickly as possible without unnecessary delays.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Trusted Attorneys
Despite your best efforts, you can still become the victim of a slip and fall workplace incident that has left you injured and facing mounting medical bills. You should contact a skilled attorney as soon as possible if you find yourself in this situation. As the Miami workers’ compensation attorneys at Payer & Associates, we will ensure that your workers’ compensation claim is properly handled by fighting to help you recover the maximum benefits you are entitled to recover from your slip and fall injury. Before you are pressured into a settlement that is less than what you deserve or are denied benefits based on a technicality, reach out to us today for help.