One of the most common workplace accidents across all occupations in the U.S. is falling. Falling accidents account for thousands of work injuries every year and are seen in almost every kind of occupation. The injuries that result from these types of accidents can range from minor to extremely serious, depending on particular circumstances. Sadly, more often than not, falling accidents might have been prevented had there been more careful adherence to safety regulations. However, far too many workers fall victim to unsafe work environments that lead to a falling accident. When this happens, those affected are often left with high medical bills or are even sometimes prevented from returning to work because their injuries are so severe. In these cases, many workers who suffer injury apply for workers’ compensation benefits to get the financial assistance they need.
Workers’ compensation is available to almost any worker who was injured on the job while they were carrying out the duties that are expected of them for their specific job. This compensation can sometimes fully cover any expenses an injured worker has, including medical bills, physical therapy costs, or even income supplementation.
Causes of Falling Accidents
Falling accidents can happen under a number of different circumstances. Many falling accidents involve the following:
- Spills on walking surfaces
- Uneven pavement or potholes
- Working from great heights
- Scaffolding or ladder collapse
- Staircase collapse
- Absence of guardrails or handrails
Of course, falling accidents can also occur due to reasons other than these. If a worker falls while performing his or her regular duties on the job, he or she could be facing months worth of medical bills and recovery time, depending on the severity of the injury. Fortunately, when the injury is sustained while on the job, workers’ compensation is likely available.
If you or someone you care about has suffered from an injury caused by a fall, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer today to discuss your legal options.