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Slip and Falls – Watch Out for That Banana…

Woman with trauma, feeling left arm cast One of the most common types of accidents is descriptively referred to as a “slip and fall.” As the title suggests, these are accidents that occur when a surface, or object, causes someone to lose their footing.

When you’ve been the victim of a slip and fall accident at work, lost wages, long-term injuries and lost days at work are just a few of the impacts from your accident. These impacts can drastically and suddenly alter your quality of life.

Statistics on slip and falls (according to the National Floor Safety Institute)

  • Although deaths resulting from slip and fall accidents are equally spread between men and women, women are much more likely to experience a slip and fall accident.
  • Most emergency room visits every year are the result of a fall of some sort, and over 1 million ER visits every single year are the result of slip and falls.
  • Similarly, slip and fall accidents actually make up the biggest chunk of workers’ compensation claims.
  • Slip and falls are the most common occupational injury for younger workers (ages 15-24).

After the fall

Serious injuries such as fractures or concussions could result from a slip and fall accident at work. And many times the symptoms will not appear immediately.

Many people feel like they have to return to work quickly in order to recoup their wages and get back on track financially, but if you’ve hurt yourself at work, you should consider a workers’ compensation claim.

Don’t risk making your injury worse by going back to work too soon or by not evaluating a long-term treatment plan for your pain. A NC workers’ compensation attorney may be able to get you the help you need. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078.