Los Angeles Slip, Trip, and Fall Lawyer
Workplace Slip and Fall Accidents
Slips, trips, and falls are some of—if not the—most common workplace accidents and injuries. In the United States, as many as one million Americans suffer slip and fall injuries annually, and tens of thousands die as a result of these accidents, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What’s more, these types of accidents account for approximately 15% of all on-the-job incidents, making up about 12 to 15% of all workers’ compensation claims.
If you or someone you love slipped, tripped, and/or fell at work or while carrying out work-related duties or activities, reach out to KJT Law Group right away. You could be entitled to workers’ compensation, and our Los Angeles workplace slip and fall lawyers can help. We have successfully represented numerous injured employees and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Whether you need help filing your initial claim or appealing a denied workers’ comp claim, our firm is here to fight for the maximum recovery you are owed.
Types of Workplace Slip and Falls
There are two main types of work-related slip, trip, and fall accidents:
- Elevated Falls: An elevated fall, also known as a fall to a lower level, occurs when an individual slips, trips, and/or falls from above to a lower level. Falling from scaffolding and other structures are examples of elevated falls.
- Same-Level Falls: Same-level falls occur when a person slips and falls to the ground, rather than from one height to a lower one. These types of slip, trip, and fall accidents are the more common of the two, but they are no less serious than elevated falls.
Often, both elevated and same-level falls occur due to unsafe conditions in the workplace.
Some examples of unsafe workplace conditions include:
- Slippery or wet floors
- Safety standard violations
- Uneven surfaces
- Poor structural integrity
- Insufficient lighting
- Inadequate fall protection
- Improper training or supervision
- Cluttered walkways and aisles
- Uncleaned spills
- Uncovered cables or wires
- Weather-related hazards
- Unsecured or loose mats, rugs, and other floor coverings
- Ripped or torn carpeting
- Defective conditions
These and other dangerous conditions can have devastating consequences for workers, leading to catastrophic bodily injuries and, in the worst cases, death.
Common Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries
Workplace slips, trips, and falls can have serious consequences, including severe injuries requiring extensive medical attention and weeks or months off work. In some cases, victims may suffer significant injuries that cause lasting impairments or even lifelong disability.
Some of the most slip and fall injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Bone fractures
- Bruises, scrapes, cuts, and abrasions
- Head and neck trauma
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
If you or someone you love suffered a serious slip, trip, and/or fall leading to devastating injuries, the future can seem incredibly unclear. How will you be able to afford your medical bills? What will you do while you are out of work? Who is responsible for paying for your damages, including your lost wages while you recover?
At KJT Law Group, our Los Angeles slip, trip, and fall attorneys are here to guide you after a work-related slip and fall accident. We understand the challenges you are facing, and we know how to fight for the maximum workers’ compensation benefits you are owed. If you are facing any type of dispute from your employer or their insurance company, or if you simply need help filing your initial claim, reach out to our team right away.
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In California, there are certain steps you must take after any work-related accident or injury to protect yourself and your rights, including your right to workers’ compensation benefits.
If you are injured in a slip, trip, and/or fall accident on the job, be sure to do the following:
- Seek Immediate Medical Attention: If necessary, call 911. Otherwise, go to the nearest hospital, urgent care center, or doctor’s office. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, you should always get medical attention after a work-related accident. This is critical not only for your continued health and well-being but also for the success of your future workers’ comp claim.
- Report the Accident to Your Employer: You should inform a supervisor about the accident as soon as possible, but do not wait more than 30 days to report the incident to your employer. If you do, you could lose your right to file a workers’ compensation claim and recover benefits for your work-related injury.
- Complete Necessary Paperwork and Forms: You will need to complete the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) Form 1 and return it to your employer, along with an Application for Adjudication of Claim no later than one year from the date of the accident/injury. This form is used to officially file for workers’ compensation and must be submitted alongside several other required forms.
State laws require you to choose a doctor within your employer’s Managed Provider Network (MPN) in most cases. However, you are allowed to request a doctor of your own choosing if your employer provides regular health care coverage, and you have provided a “pre-designation” (AKA written notice) informing your employer that you want to use your own doctor if you are injured at work. Without this pre-designation, you will most likely need to use a physician approved by your employer, at least for your initial treatment.
Note that this does not apply in emergencies. If you require emergency medical attention, you do not need to worry about finding a doctor in your employer’s network right away. Simply get the immediate care you need.
You can also switch doctors if you are unhappy with the first physician you see. If your employer uses an MPN, you can request a new doctor at any time after the initial appointment. If the insurance company has a health care organization (HCO), you can switch to an in-network physician, but the HCO will find one for you. Additionally, there is a waiting period depending on whether you have regular work-provided health care insurance.
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One of the most important things you can do after any workplace accident—including a slip, trip, and/or fall—is to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can advise you of your legal options and help ensure your rights are protected.
At KJT Law Group, we have been representing injured workers throughout the Greater LA Area since 2014, offering personalized and compassionate service and aggressive advocacy in and out of the courtroom. We understand the many complexities inherent in these types of cases, and we have what it takes to help you navigate the challenges ahead.
As a firm, we limit our caseload to better serve each of our individual clients. This allows us to dedicate all of our efforts, resources, and experience to building powerful, evidence-based claims and pursuing maximum compensation. We are here to fight for you and every penny you deserve so that you can heal and move forward with your life.
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