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Approximately 15 percent of incidental workplace deaths are caused by slips, trips and falls, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This makes slip and fall accidents the second lead cause of death, behind accident fatalities.
If you slip and fall while working, you are generally covered by your employer's insurance company. Often times, your employer's insurance will refuse to pay you a fair amount. Other times, the insurance may investigate your fall and insist that your employer is not at fault for your injury. However, you may have a legal claim for compensation. If a company’s insurance company is refusing to fully compensate your slip and fall injuries, you may need the help of a Daytona slip and fall accident attorney. Call (407) 712-7300 for a free consultation with Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter.
If You Slip and Fall at Work
If you do sustain a slip and fall injury at work, it is crucial that you gather as much information as you can about the incident. Try to obtain and immediately record the:
- Date, time, place of the incident
- Contact information of any witnesses
- Circumstances surrounding the event (wet floor, etc.)
- The overall state of cleanliness or disorder
If you are working in dangerous conditions, you have rights, even if your employer has required you to sign a waiver. Hiring an experienced injury attorney may be the only way to protect yourself against companies that do not want to pay for your legitimate injury.
Know Your Rights as a Worker
Depending on your situation, you may be covered by:
You may be able to collect benefits to cover:
- Medical expenses
- Time spent in the hospital
- Pain and suffering
- Physical therapy
- Loss of future wages
Every property owner, be it a business, individual, or municipality, is responsible for maintaining their property so that it is does not pose a safety hazard for other people. If these property owners disregard safety risks, they can be held liable for any injuries suffered on their property.
Safety risks can include:
- Slippery floors
- Icy parking lots
- Uneven sidewalks
- Faulty floors
Slip and fall injuries are often preventable. If you live in the Orlando area and were hurt in a slip and fall accident at your place of work, please schedule a consultation with the Daytona accident attorneys at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter by calling (407) 712-7300 today.