Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries at Work
Every workplace has its unique hazards; however, there are some accidents that occur at every job, ranging from office work to construction. One of these is slip and fall accidents, which injure thousands of workers every year in Florida. Slip and fall accidents can occur for numerous reasons and result in both minor and fatal injuries depending on the circumstances, but will always be both a serious and preventable danger in the workplace.
The lawyers at Farah & Farah are dedicated to educating workers in order to prevent these accidents and representing them in their search for compensation should they fall victim. In the end, however, it is the responsibility of management to put an end to these hazards in order to make Florida workplaces safer.
Hazards in the Workplace
Slip and fall accidents are the frequent product of a victim losing his or her footing due to a slick or broken surface or loose objects on the floor. In the workplace, hazards that lead to such accidents vary from job to job. Spilled liquids on smooth surfaces can easily cause hazards at workplaces ranging from offices to hospitals to warehouses, while loose objects can include something as simple as a pencil or the product of construction, such as gravel or broken concrete. In all cases, it is the duty of management and the cleanup crew to dispose of hazards and clearly mark those that cannot be taken care of immediately in order to prevent accidents. Should a worker be injured in the course of his or her duties, he or she is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits covering medical expenses and time away from work.
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The Chances of Serious Injury in Florida
By nature, slip and fall accidents can easily result in major injuries as the body of the victim comes into fast and hard contact with a hard surface with little to brace oneself. This will often result in strains, sprains, broken or fractured bones, brain trauma, and spinal cord injury. However, the dangers do not end there as some workplaces present further dangers in the case of a slip and fall accident. At construction sites, a slip may cause a worker to fall from a great height when working on the upper floors of a building or while on a scaffolding. Additionally, tools and construction materials may create more dangerous hazards for a victim to fall on instead of a simple floor. In the course of work, if a victim is carrying items such as boxes or other containers, the fall may result in heavy objects falling on the victim, causing further injury.
Finding Proper Compensation for Your Jacksonville Workplace Slip and Fall Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured while on the job, a Jacksonville premises liability attorney at Farah & Farah can provide you with the legal representation needed to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. Should you be injured in the course of your duties, you are entitled to compensation through Florida law. For more information on how we can help you, contact us at 855-797-9899.