Some individuals have been known to fabricate or exaggerate symptoms associated from fall injuries incurred on the job in Broward County. Nonetheless, fall accidents are known to cause rather serious injuries, disabilities, and occasionally death. Because fall accidents have the potential of producing so much harm, it is essential that employers be held responsible for maintaining a reasonably safe environment.
The federal government has confirmed that fall accidents are the second highest type of work injury. The most common type of fall accident pertains to falls on the ground caused by a wet or slippery floor. Falls to lower level occurs when employees are working from elevated areas such as ladders, rooftops, and most frequently stairways. Types of fall accidents are classified into four groups, depending on surface and height.
Most Common Fall Accidents:
- Trip and Fall Accident: a foreign object in the walking path
- Stump and Fall Accident: an impediment in the walking surface
- Step and Fall Accident: an unexpected failure or hole in the walking surface
- Slip and Fall Accident: the interface of the shoe and the floor may cause falls
Most Common Fall Injuries:
- Torn Ligaments and Tendons Fall Injury: Fall accidents may cause a person to tear ligaments or tendons in their wrists, feet, or knees. Torn ligaments and tendons often take months to heal and often require physical therapy. Sometimes torn ligaments and tendons require surgery and individuals rarely recover to their full capacity.
- Neck and Back Fall Injury: When someone falls, or tries to catch themselves from falling, neck and back injury often results. Spine injuries can be extremely painful and difficult to treat. Complications involve a slipped disc or broken back that requires surgery and inability to return to work.
- Broken Hip and Pelvis Fall Injury: If the individual falls and breaks their hip or pelvis, then treatment and recovery are typically quite involved and may require permanent nursing assistance.
- Brain and Head Trauma Fall Injury: Fall accidents can be fatal if someone incurs a traumatic brain injury. When the person’s head strikes the ground it may cause severe symptoms such as problems with mobility, paralysis, memory, and brain injury, which are likely to carry lifelong consequences.
Broward County employers are responsible to provide workers’ compensation benefits to victims of fall accidents including:
- Lost Wages
- Doctor Visits
- Medical Tests
- Physical Therapy
- Prescription Drugs
- Mileage Costs for Treatment
If you or a loved one has suffered one of the above injuries from a fall accident, or possibly another injury not mentioned in the list above, it is vital to speak with a skilled South Florida Worker’s Compensation Attorney today about your case.
Your attorney can help you prepare your paperwork to get the results you are looking for. If you need assistance to determine if you should pursue your fall injury claim, the Law Offices of David Benenfeld is here to help. For or a free legal consultation and book call today: [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].