Slip and Fall Accidents in the Workplace
A slip and fall accident can happen in your home, outside or at a store or restaurant. They can even happen in the workplace. Many workplace accidents and injuries are caused by falls. They are especially common in the construction and health care industries, as well as in warehouses and retail establishments.
Slips, trips and falls are costly for employers. In 2015, companies in the United States paid more than $11 billion in costs, not including productivity and liability expenses.
Slips, trips and falls can result in a variety of injuries. A minor accident can cause cuts, scrapes and sprained ankles or wrists. Knee injuries, dislocated shoulders, muscle strains and broken bones can occur. In severe cases, a person can suffer spine and head injuries, which can lead to brain trauma, paralysis and lifelong mobility issues.
What Causes Slips, Trips and Falls?
Slips occur when a person loses traction or friction while walking on a surface. Trips occur when a person hits an object with their foot and loses their balance.
Slips, trips and falls can happen for a variety of reasons. Many occur when a liquid is spilled on the floor, such as water, oil and beverages. Ice from outside can also melt indoors and cause a puddle of water.
Uneven surfaces are also to blame. Stairs and steps can cause difficulties for some people. Rugs and mats can be hazardous if they are not secured. They can bunch up and cause a person to trip. Clutter can also cause slips, trips and falls. Items or electrical cords left in a walkway can be trip hazards.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall
If you are involved in a slip and fall incident at work, let your employer know right away. They will inform you of the next steps. You may have to fill out an accident report.
Evidence is crucial in such a case, so photos of the scene can be helpful. If you are injured, seek medical help immediately. Medical records will be used as evidence. If you do not see a doctor after a slip and fall, it may be determined that you were not really that hurt. Therefore, you won’t get the compensation you deserve.
Preventing Slips and Falls
To prevent slips and falls in the workplace, follow these tips:
- Clean up spills immediately.
- Put out “Wet Floor” signs to warn others of slippery conditions.
- Keep clutter such as boxes, cables and cords out of walkways.
- Shut drawers and filing cabinets when not in use.
- Replace worn or broken flooring.
- Keep workspaces well-lit by replacing or adding lights as needed.
Contact a Coral Springs Personal Injury Attorney
Slips and falls are no laughing matter. Even a seemingly minor incident can cause muscle tears, head injuries and chronic pain.
If you were injured in the workplace, seek legal help right away. The Coral Springs slip and fall attorneys at the Law Offices of Barry S. Mittelberg, P.A. can determine liability and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (954) 752-1213.