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What Happens After a Trip and Fall at Work?

What Happens After a Trip and Fall at Work?

What Should You Do After a Trip and Fall at Work?

A trip and fall at work in Pennsylvania can lead to serious injuries and medical bills. If you were injured at work, you might be entitled to workers' compensation benefitsInjuries sustained at work include those caused by an accident, such as slips, trips, falls, and overexertion. These accidents often occur due to unsafe conditions in the workplace.

Workers' comp laws provide protection to employees who suffer injury or illness at work. This coverage provides financial assistance for medical expenses, lost wages, and disability payments.

Seek Medical Attention

First aid treatment is required for any type of injury. Emergency care should be provided immediately after an accident occurs. After emergency first aid has been administered, you should seek immediate medical attention. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may need to see a doctor.

Some highly rated medical clinics in the local area include:

  • Booth Chiropractic Health and Rehabilitation
  • Temple University Hospital - Episcopal Campus
  • Dynamic Injury Solutions LLC
  • NovaCare Rehabilitation

Look for and Document Evidence

Take photos of the scene where you fell. This will help you document what happened. It's also helpful to take photos of any injuries you sustained. If you were hurt, you should go to the emergency room immediately.

Report the Accident

File a report about the incident. This will help protect your job and ensure that you don't face any repercussions. Documenting the incident will also help you prove that you weren't responsible for the accident. If you didn't cause the accident, then you won't be held liable. In addition, filing a report will help you avoid future incidents.

Contact a Lawyer

A trip and fall at work can leave you feeling vulnerable, especially if you were injured. If you feel like you may need legal representation after an accident, here are five things you should consider.

It depends on what happened. If you were hurt on company property, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. However, if you were hurt off-site, you may be eligible for personal injury protection coverage under your health insurance policy.

Are You Eligible for Workers' Compensation Benefits?

Have you ever been injured at work and then received workers' compensation benefits? If so, did you know that you may still be eligible for additional benefits after receiving those first payments?

In fact, there are several types of benefits available to you after you receive workers' compensation benefits. These include medical expenses, temporary total disability benefits, permanent partial disability benefits, vocational rehabilitation services, and death benefits.

  • Medical Expenses
  • Temporary Total Disability Benefits
  • Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Death Benefits

How Will My Employer Determine If I Am Eligible for Workers' Compensation?

In most states, an employee has the right to file a lawsuit against his employer after he is injured on the job. However, there are certain situations where an employee cannot sue his employer. One such situation is when the worker was injured due to the negligence of another party.

When a worker is injured due to the negligence or fault of another person, then he may still be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. However, the employer may argue that the worker is ineligible for workers' compensation benefits because he was injured due to his own negligence. This is called the "fellow servant rule." This rule says that if the worker was injured due to his own negligence, then he does not qualify for workers' compensation benefits under the law.

To determine whether the fellow servant rule applies, the employer needs to prove that the worker was negligent. If the employer shows that the worker was negligent, then the worker's claim for workers' compensation benefits will be denied. However, if the employer fails to show that the worker acted negligently, then the worker will be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.

For How Long Will You Receive Workers' Compensation Benefits?

In Pennsylvania, you may receive up to 500 weeks of weekly payments after an injury occurs. This amount is called the "weekly wage replacement benefit." However, there are certain circumstances where you may receive additional benefits. For example, if you suffer a permanent disability, you may qualify for lifetime medical care benefits. There are also several other types of benefits available, such as vocational rehabilitation services, death benefits, and burial expenses.

Do I Need an Attorney After a Trip and Fall at Work?

A trip and fall at work can leave you injured and unable to work. If you're hurt on the job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.

But what happens after the injury? Do you need an attorney?

Here are five things to consider about whether you need an attorney after a trip and fall at work.

  • How Serious Is My Injury?

First, determine how serious your injury is. Are you going to miss any work? Will you need medical treatment?

If you don't think you need an attorney, you may find yourself in trouble later. For example, you may not realize that you have a right to workers' compensation benefits until you've missed several days of work. And then you may not be able to prove that you were injured on the job.

  • What Kind of Lawyer Should I Hire?

Next, decide what kind of lawyer you should hire. There are two main types of lawyers: personal injury attorneys and workers' compensation attorneys. Personal injury attorneys handle cases where you sue another person or company for damages. Workers' compensation attorneys represent employers and insurance companies in claims against employees.

Personal injury attorneys often charge hourly rates, whereas workers' compensation attorneys typically charge flat fees.

  • Can I Afford It?

Finally, ask yourself if you can afford it. Our team of workers' compensation lawyers works on a contingency basis. This means that you do not pay until your case is won. 

  • Am I Entitled to Benefits?

If you believe you are eligible for workers' compensation benefits, talk to your doctor about getting a note stating that you are unable to work. This document will allow you to apply for benefits. If you are denied benefits, you may want to consult with an attorney. A good attorney can help you understand why your claim was denied and what steps you can take next.

Can I Sue My Employer for a Slip and Fall Accident? 

If an employee slips and falls in the workplace, then they can sue the employer for negligence. Negligence occurs when an employer fails to exercise reasonable care to protect its employees from harm. This duty to protect employees extends beyond the actual construction of the building. The employer must maintain the entire property so that it is free of dangerous objects and hazards. If an employee suffers injuries due to a hazardous object or hazard in the workplace, then the employer is liable for those injuries.

Learn More From Experienced Workers' Compensation Attorneys

Call today for a free consultation and explore your legal options following a slip and fall at the workplace. Our team of Pennsylvania workers' comp attorneys can help guide you on a path to get the maximum compensation you deserve.

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David Petrone
Date Published: July 11, 2022
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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