Slipping and falling in the workplace is a common occurrence that can lead to serious injuries for employees. Your injuries might cost you lost earnings from time out of work as well as medical costs.
The good news is that if you suffer an injury from slipping and falling at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Slip and fall injuries can be serious
Slips and falls may seem minor, but they can result in significant injuries. You might experience back injuries, including a herniated disc, sciatica or a spinal injury. If you strike your head, you could suffer a concussion or a traumatic brain injury. Not only that, but falls can result in broken bones, tendon or muscle injuries and sprains or strains as well.
Workers’ compensation covers slip and fall injuries
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning it does not matter who was at fault for the slip and fall. You may be eligible for benefits even if you accidentally slipped on a wet floor that no one knew about. As long as the injury occurred in the course and scope of employment, workers’ comp typically covers your medical expenses and lost wages. This protection applies to most employees.
You should seek medical attention and report your injuries
If you slip and fall at work, always seek medical attention right away, even if you feel fine. Some injuries have delayed symptoms and can lead to complications without timely treatment. Be sure to report the incident to your employer so they can file the claim.
In 2020, slip and fall injuries accounted for 18% of the reported non-fatal workplace injuries that resulted in lost work time. Slipping and falling at work can happen to anyone. Understanding your right to workers’ comp is key to getting coverage for your injuries.