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Injuries from Work-Related Falls
By Pyle Law, June 15 2020 11:40 am
Injuries from Work-Related Falls

Work-related falls are a severe problem in America. They can cause numerous injuries and sometimes even fatalities. Data published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that in 2018, 240,160 occupational falls, slips, and trips were reported. This is the highest reported number since 2014.  Many of these falls cause employees to miss at least one day of work. A Kansas workers’ compensation attorney is available to help you if you were recently injured due to a fall at work. 

Industries with the Highest Number of Falls

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The highest rate of fall-related deaths can be attributed to the construction industry.  Non-fatal injuries are most prevalent within the health sector as well as wholesale and retail industries. Employees in these industries are the most at risk of experiencing a fall in the workplace:

  • Transportation and material moving
  • Construction and extraction occupations
  • Healthcare support
  • Building cleaning and maintenance

The Financial Burden of Workplace Falls

Falls in the workplace come at a price to both employers and employees. Medical costs and workers’ compensation benefits have cost an estimated $70 billion each year in the United States. Employers in the United States pay on average, nearly one billion dollars per week for just direct workers’ compensation costs, including:

  • Workers’ compensation
  • Medical expenses
  • Legal services

The indirect costs of these injuries include:

  • Worker downtime
  • Training replacement employees
  • Accident investigation
  • Corrective measures
  • Lost productivity
  • Repairs to damaged equipment

Due to the high expenses of fall injuries in the workplace, many employers and insurance companies can make it difficult for employees to have their workers’ compensation benefits approved. If you are finding this to be true in your case, it’s time to talk with a well-versed Kansas workers compensation lawyer.

Common Injuries from Workplace Falls

It’s important to remember that a fall itself is not an injury; it is an occurrence that has the high potential to lead to injury. Workplace falls have the potential to cause several different injuries of different severities. How far you fell and what kind of surface you landed on will play a significant role in your injuries. The most common injuries sustained from workplace falls include:

  • Broken bones
  • Sprained ankles or wrists
  • Knee damage
  • Shoulder dislocations or muscle strains
  • Spine and nerve damage
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cuts and bruises

Call a Kansas Workers Compensation Attorney for Help Receiving Your Benefits 

A fall in the workplace is usually a scary experience. Sustaining an injury in a fall can be the start of a battle for getting the financial benefits you deserve from your employer. You shouldn’t have to fight this battle in the first place, but if you do hire a Kansas workers compensation lawyer to look out for your best interests. Our attorney knows how much is at stake when you are seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Call 620-374-9299 or use our confidential online contact form to schedule your free workers’ compensation fall case consultation. A knowledgeable Kansas workers compensation attorney at Pyle Law is waiting to speak with you.

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