The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that close to 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in the private industry in 2012 alone. Furthermore, some accidents are more serious than others, with workplace falls, specifically in the construction industry, being ranked by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as one of the “fatal four” in the industry, accounting for 294 out of 796 deaths in construction in 2013.
Obviously, employers should take the necessary steps to improve workplace safety in order to avoid this from occurring. But if you have been injured in a workplace fall from a significant height, examine the following information and contact a fall from height attorney for immediate assistance.
What causes falls from heights?
Falls from great heights often occur in the construction industry where employees are required to stand on top of buildings and other equipment in order to complete a job. Falls from heights may occur as a result of lack of adequate safety harnesses, unstable walkways or other equipment, unsecured ladders, or faulty stairs. Lack of guardrails alongside stairs or the edges of buildings also may lead to fall accidents. Talk to a fall from height attorney about the cause of your accident – though workers' compensation is a no-fault system.
What types of injuries typically arise after a fall accident?
The type and severity of injuries sustained in a fall accident ultimately will depend on the distance of the fall. In general, injuries arising from a fall accident may include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), neck and spinal damage, cuts and lacerations, and dislocations, such as to the shoulders and hips. Injured parties also may suffer from long-term disabilities or become paralyzed due to the fall. In the worst-case scenario, a fall may even result in death.
What can you do to recover compensation after a fall accident?
In order to recover compensation for injuries suffered in a fall accident, the injured party can file a workers’ compensation claim. The workers’ compensation system allows injured employees to recover a portion of their wages due to injuries suffered at the workplace or while engaging in work-related duties.
To receive monetary compensation, the injured worker must show that the fall occurred while at work or while doing a work-related task, and that it led to injuries. The injured worker can show this by offering proof of medical treatments demonstrating the nature and the severity of the injuries.
It is also important to note that the workers’ compensation system is not based on fault, meaning that an employer cannot attempt to deny payment because the worker contributed to his or her own injuries. A worker can be denied compensation if the injury was due to intoxication or self-infliction.
If a third party is responsible for the fall (i.e., not the employer, a coworker, or the injured employee), then the injured worker also may pursue a third-party liability claim. A fall from height attorney at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help with these legal matters.
Let a Fall from Height Lawyer Help You with Your Case
In an ideal world, filing a workers’ compensation claim or third-party lawsuit to cover the costs of medical bills and lost wages would be a simple process. Unfortunately, it can be a complex process, and some employers or workers' comp insurers attempt to deny benefits that are rightfully owed to injured employees.
Don’t attempt to face this issue alone – contact a fall from height attorney at Cordisco & Saile LLC today for help filing a claim. You can contact us at 215-642-2335 for an initial consultation and to learn how we can help you.