Trip, Slip & Falls

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Did you know that trips, slips, and falls are second only to car accidents as a cause of work-related fatalities? In fact, according to the National Safety Council, slip and fall injuries account for 20% of all occupational injuries. This means that more than one million trip, slip, and fall workers’ compensation claims are filed per year. It doesn’t matter whether you work in a dangerous construction zone or in an office building, every worker is at risk of trip, slip, and fall injuries. That’s why it’s important to know your rights if you should ever find yourself injured while at work.

Common Causes of Trips, Slips & Falls

A trip, slip, or fall can happen when you trip over a foreign object, encounter holes while walking, trap your foot and lose your balance, or when you unexpectedly slip on a substance. There are a wide variety of causes for your trip, slip, or fall, especially in the workplace. The most common of these causes include, but are not limited to:

  • Uneven stairs
  • Abrupt elevator stops
  • Poor lighting
  • Spilled liquids/slippery surfaces
  • Exposed cables
  • Wrinkled carpeting
  • Ice and snow in parking lots
  • Unguarded ledges

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Types of Trips, Slips & Fall Injuries

Because there are several ways that you can trip, slip, or fall in the workplace, the injuries associated with these accidents can range from mild to fatal. Most of these accidents result in minor injuries, such as scrapes, bruises, sprained tendons, and minor burns. However, injuries can often be more severe and result in problems such as:

  • Head trauma
  • Back injuries
  • Fractures/broken bones
  • Amputations
  • Deep cuts/gashes
  • Third or fourth degree burns
  • Hip injuries

Many of these injuries can require extensive surgeries and lead to emotional trauma, pain, and even death.

Do I qualify for trip/slip & fall workers’ compensation?

To be eligible for workers’ compensation, you must have been “on-the-job” when injured. This means that as long as you were performing work-related duties, your trip, slip, or fall injury will most likely be covered by workers’ compensation benefits. It’s important to note, however, that accidents that happen during your daily commute to work or during your lunch beak are generally not covered by workers’ compensation. Of course, there are always exceptions, so it’s important to speak to a lawyer to find out whether you can claim benefits.

Available Compensation for Trip, Slip & Falls Injuries

You’re probably wondering what compensation is available to you if you suffer from a trip, slip, or fall at work. You’ll be glad to know that it doesn’t matter whether the accident was due to your negligence or not. If the accident happened at work, you will be able to file a workers’ compensation claim, regardless of who is to blame. That being said, workers’ compensation benefits for trips, slips, and falls generally cover:

  • Medical/therapy bills
  • Out-of-pocket expenses (such as medications, crutches, etc.)
  • 2/3 of lost wages
  • Disability
  • Damaged property (such as eyeglasses broken during your fall, etc.)
  • Emotional trauma

Contact A Massachusetts Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

Getting the full workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to can sometimes be a tricky matter when you have to deal with your employer and insurance companies. That’s why it’s important to have a trusted legal team supporting you through the process. Our attorneys at Powers & Caccavale have the legal experience and determination needed to achieve excellent outcomes and maximize your monetary compensation.

At Powers & Caccavale, we use our experience to aggressively and relentlessly represent you, fighting for your rights and the benefits you deserve as a result of your accident and injury. We pride ourselves on effective communication with our clients, providing you with individual attention and great results.
Settlement – $295,000.00

Settlement – $295,000.00

Recently, our attorneys settled a workers’ compensation claim for $295,000.00.  Our client, a maintenance worker, suffered a rotator cuff tear when lifting a heavy object at work.  After being evaluated by one of the insurance company’s doctors, the insurance company filed a claim to stop the worker’s weekly benefits.  However, our attorneys successfully defeated this claim,…

Settlement – $335,000.00

Settlement – $335,000.00

Our office recently settled a workers’ compensation claim for $335,000.00.  Our client was injured while performing maintenance on a crane, suffering injuries to his back.  Before we represented the worker, he felt pressured into attempting to return to work after only a few months, despite the severity of his injuries.  This attempted return to work…


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