Whether you work in an office or outdoors, you face a number of different risks on the job. Aside from occupational illnesses, dangerous equipment and the risk of an injury while riding in a vehicle, you could face serious challenges if you become hurt after falling down.
Depending on the nature of your work, you could become exposed to a variety of slip-and-fall hazards, and you could fall down for other reasons as well (clutter, tripping over a cord, falling off of a ladder, etc.).
Data on slip-and-fall injuries in the workplace
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, slipping, tripping and falling ranked among the three most common causes of workplace injuries resulting in emergency department treatment during 2020. Throughout 2020, 1,176,340 job-related injuries led to missed work, and 18% of these injuries occurred due to slipping, tripping and falling.
Addressing a job-related slip-and-fall accident
If you suffered an injury after slipping and falling down at work, it is pivotal to gather as much evidence as you can obtain and have a clear understanding of different factors that could have contributed to the accident. For example, if your employer refused to fix a leaky pipe or take care of an icy sidewalk, they should face consequences if you or another person suffered an injury after falling down.
Slip-and-fall accidents can result in serious consequences, such as immobility, physical pain and mental trauma. Furthermore, you could have financial problems due to missing work or paying hospital expenses. It is crucial to have a clear understanding of your options in the wake of a slip-and-fall accident.