• Jul
    06
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Have You Been Injured in A Slip and Fall Accident in the Workplace? What You Should Do Next

    When you think about how many different type of work environments there are and all of the myriad risks presented in each, it is hard to believe that one of the most common causes of injuries at work is slip and fall accidents – but it’s true. The National Safety Council keeps meticulous records and issues reports on workplace safety, and they report that more than one in five workplace injuries are the result of a slip and fall.  When a worker is injured on the job, their medical expenses and lost wages are generally covered by workers’ compensation – or that’s the way that things are supposed to work. In reality, employers often deny workers’ compensation claims, and even those who are willing to provide coverage often don’t offer enough to cover the full extent of the workers’ losses. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in the workplace, it is important that you understand your rights and know what you need to do in order to protect them. The attorneys at the law firm of Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC can provide you with legal representation and guidance to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.

    Workers’ compensation is provided specifically to ensure that workers who suffer injuries on the job get the compensation that they need, without having to pursue legal action against their employer. Because workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance, it is not necessary for the injured worker to prove that their employer was negligent – only that they were injured and that it happened while at work and performing their job duties.  Unfortunately, even when benefits are provided it only covers two thirds of wages lost during treatment and recovery.

    The first thing that an injured worker needs to do is to report their injury and file a work accident claim with their employer. Following the provision of detailed information, it is up to the employer to file the appropriate paperwork with the state’s Workers’ Compensation board and their insurance company and to respond. Your employer may require you to see a company-approved physician for evaluation and treatment and to determine the extent of your injury and/or disability.

    In many cases, slip and fall accidents in the workplace are not the fault of the employer, but may be the result of negligence on the part of a third party such as a fellow employee, a subcontractor working within the work environment, the manufacturer of a faulty piece of equipment, or someone else. If you have suffered a slip and fall accident in the workplace and would like to discuss your rights, the attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC are ready to help. Call our office today to set up an appointment.

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