A slip, trip or fall at work can lead to serious injuries and, in the extreme case, death. These accidents also carry tremendous costs for the injured party and his or her family. To get more details read on.
Taking a spill is never fun and it is always dangerous. A fall at work can be embarrassing but it could also cause very serious injuries. In a best-case scenario, you may end up with wounded pride and some bumps and bruises, but in a more serious fall – such as a fall while working at a construction site – it could result in broken bones or worse. Any fall, especially one from an elevated platform could be catastrophic or even fatal.
In any case, if you’ve slipped, tripped or fallen and gotten hurt on a worksite you may be able to pursue legal recourse to recover money damages for your injuries. Here’s what you should know about these types of accidents and injuries, what causes them, and what you should do following a worksite slip and fall accident.
Frequent causes of workplace slips, trips, and falls
It’s easy to blame a slip, trip or fall on your own clumsiness, especially if you’re embarrassed. But if you’ve been injured in this type of incident at a worksite, it’s crucial that you don’t succumb to this temptation – especially if you’re considering legal action. This is because the true cause is likely:
- The failure to provide safety devices or being provided with faulty safety devices
- A partially blocked or debris-littered passageway
- A fall from elevated platforms and heights
- Flawed floor covering
- Inadequate lighting
- A hazardous walkway
- Broken or unfinished steps or stairways
- Lack of railings
- A fall through hole or openings in floors
- An elevator or mechanical lift that lurched violently or did not function correctly
- Inadequate warning signs
- A poorly positioned ladder
- Spilled liquid or wet surfaces
- Some other dangerous condition on the work site
Because no two work site injury cases are identical, your specific situation will determine how you can seek compensation. At minimum, you are entitled to get certain benefits through Workers’ Compensation. All workers must be covered by the employer’s Workers’ Compensation insurance. In addition, you may be able to sue the property owner of the job site or the general contractor in charge of work being done and/or any subcontractor that contributed to the happening of the accident in any way. In the event that someone else caused or otherwise factored in the creation of the hazard, you may also be able to sue that responsible party.
Our established New York workplace slip and fall lawyers are fully equipped to assess your circumstances. Afterwards, we will provide a detailed report of our findings and review all of your legal options. We’ll also answer all of your questions, address your concerns and provide the information you need to proceed and make informed decisions.
Common injuries associated with slip and fall accidents
Because there are strict deadlines for taking legal action it is important that you contact us quickly if you were injured or if your family member or loved one was killed in a workplace slip, trip or fall accident. We can help if the accident resulted in any of the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Internal injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Soft tissue injuries including torn ligaments
- Any other serious injury
If you sustained one of these, your first priority should be getting medical attention. Don’t assume that your injuries aren’t serious or that there’s no need to see a doctor; you may be badly hurt and be unaware of it because there is no immediate onset of noticeable symptoms. This is also important because medical records are essential proof of your injuries in any ensuing lawsuit.
Options for New York construction workers
According to the National Safety Council, (NSC), the construction industry had the dubious distinction of leading all U.S. sectors in the number of fatal falls in 2016. These accidents claimed more than 300 lives and caused more than 24,000 injuries on jobsites that year. The NSC also notes that construction workers are seven times more likely to be hurt or killed in a workplace fall than workers in other industries.
In New York, lawmakers have created comprehensive rules and regulations to protect construction workers, including those who are at risk of injury or death from falls. For instance, New York Labor Law 240 makes property owners and general contractors strictly liable for height or gravity related falls and injuries. New York Labor Law 241 (6) puts the burden of establishing and maintaining acceptable worksite safety on the general contractor and property owner. They are also mandated to comply with all specific safety rules under section 23 of the Industrial Code of the State of New York.
Generally, injured construction workers may be able to sue the following parties if the accident:
- Happened during the excavation, construction or demolition of a building;
- Stemmed from a violation of the Labor Law or Section 23 of the Industrial Code;
- Was caused by the negligence of the property owner, general contractor or subcontractor.
Steps to take if you were hurt in a workplace slip and fall
In addition to seeking treatment for your injuries, there are several things you should do following a workplace slip, trip or fall accident. These are:
Report the Accident
Inform your supervisor about any injuries sustained in the slip, trip or fall accident as soon as you can.
Document the Accident
Do this by taking pictures of the hazard that made you slip, trip or fall, and the surrounding area.You should also photograph your injuries. Obtain the names and addresses of any witnesses to the accident or who saw the defective condition before your accident occurred.
CONTACT A NEW YORK WORKSITE SLIP, TRIP AND FALL ATTORNEY
Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates. Because we provide free initial consultations, you have nothing to lose. At the very least, this is a chance to get sound advice from qualified legal professionals. If you have a viable case, you’ll have the information you need to make the decision that’s best for you. If you decide to take legal action against the person or persons responsible for your accident and injuries, you’ll be represented by some of the most experienced and dedicated lawyers in New York.