When most people think of serious workplace injuries, they might imagine dramatic accidents that result in visible, catastrophic injuries.
However, less dramatic accident scenes, such as a slip-and-fall accident, can still result in traumatic injuries. In fact, slip-and-fall accidents are a leading cause of injury.
Possible injuries from a slip-and-fall
The issues a person may experience after a slip-and-fall can range from minor strains and sprains to more serious fractured bones or torn muscles.
These accidents are common
More than a million people every year have to go to emergency rooms across the country as a result of slip-and-fall accidents.
They can be costly
Although slip-and-fall incidents do not result in a significant number of deaths each year, they are a leading cause of missed work among employees, according to the National Floor Safety Institute.
Those who receive these injuries at work and do not seek compensation may lose out on wages they'd otherwise be earning.
They're hard to avoid
Both employers and workers would be wise to pay close attention to their surroundings and take every step possible to minimize the potential of a slip-and-fall.
However, the reality is that these accidents can easily happen even when floors are clean and free of hazards.
Compensations options are available
Some employers may minimize the impact one of these injury has on a worker. They may expect staff members to return to work without enough time to recover.
If you have been hurt on the job, you have a right to seek workers' compensation to cover the cost of treatment and wages you may miss out on due to your injury. An attorney who has experience litigating workers' compensation claims can help you file a claim and fight for the help you deserve.