Slip and Fall Accidents at Work

Slip and fall accidents are very common occurrences in a variety of work settings. In fact, work related slips and falls account for more than twenty percent of all work related injuries. The majority of these types of accidents result in minor injuries such as sprained muscles or pulled tendons. However, there are occasions in which these slip and fall accidents result in serious injuries, including head trauma, herniated disks, amputations and more. If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident at work, contact the law office of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY today. Our experienced team of workers’ compensation professionals will offer you excellent legal representation.

There are many causes of slip and fall accidents at work. Some of the most common include broken or uneven stairs, spilled or leaking liquid, cracked or uneven flooring, poor lighting, holes in the floor, or exposed cable wires. While there are many other scenarios that can occur, these are the most common causes of slips and falls at work.

Any employee injured in a workplace slip and fall accident is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Unlike regular lawsuits, workers’ compensation claims do not require proof that the property owner was negligent – proof of your injury alone will be enough to file a claim. Workers’ compensation benefits usually include reimbursement for payment of medical bills, payment for therapy bills and any out of pocket expenses that may have been incurred such as medication.

To begin the work accident claims process, you must first file a report of injury form with your employer. This form must include specific details about your accident, including the date, time and cause of the accident. From there, your employer will give you a list of approved doctors that you can visit and receive workers’ compensation reimbursements from. The physician you choose will then evaluate you and refer you to any specialists he/she deem necessary. Workers’ compensation will continue to evaluate you until it is believed that you are eligible to return to work. You will then be issued a note for maximum medical improvement, allowing you to resume work related activities.

Depending on the severity of your injuries, your doctor may give you a classification regarding your work abilities. These include temporary partial disability, allowing you to resume work activities after a recovery period or permanent partial disability, meaning you can return to work, but not at your previous work capacity. Your employer may be able to give you a position of less rigorous work, or you may need to seek employment elsewhere. Finally, the classification of permanent total disability states that you will not be able to return to any type of work ever again.

It is usually helpful to retain an attorney for workers’ compensation cases to help you navigate the system. If the accident and injuries sustained are serious, contacting a reputable attorney will be key. If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident at work, contact the law office of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY today. Our team of workers’ compensation lawyers will offer you quality legal representation while fighting for your compensation. Call us today at (877) 504-5562.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP