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According to the most recent data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, people get sick or hurt at work approximately 2.8 million times per year. While many problems can cause these illnesses and injuries, falls continue to be one of the biggest culprits.
When people get hurt at work, they may need to take time away from their jobs and might rack up considerable medical bills. Not only can injuries put a serious financial strain on a household, but they can also cause emotional damage. Due to the potential consequences of falls at work, everyone needs to know a few basic facts about these incidents.
Kansas workers’ compensation attorneys see the horrible effects of workplace falls all too often. Of all the nonfatal workplace injuries that cause people to miss work, falls and slips make up more than a quarter of these incidents. The injuries these workers sustain can range from a sprain to injuries that require surgery and long recovery times.
In some cases, the workers never fully recover from the fall. These people may have to change careers or may never be able to work again. In the worst workplace falls, the worker does not survive. Sadly, about 800 people per year pass away due to falls at work.
Too often, people feel like workplace injuries can’t happen to them because they work in relatively safe environments. The truth is that falls can happen anywhere. With that in mind, some industries tend to be more dangerous than others, including:
No matter your industry, you may be entitled to compensation if you are hurt at work.
While employers are supposed to keep their employees safe while on the job, people continue to get hurt at work from slips and falls. Sometimes, the fall is seen as an accident with no fault, and sometimes, there is a clear cause of the fall. In either case, you should receive benefits from your employer’s workers’ compensation coverage, which is a no-fault system.
A Kansas workers’ compensation attorney can help you determine if your case qualifies for a workers’ compensation claim. In general, you may qualify for compensation if any of the following statements are true of your case:
Depending on your case, you may deserve compensation for medical bills and time away from work. If you’re temporarily or permanently disabled, workers’ compensation may need to pay those benefits as well.
If you were injured due to a fall at work, you are not alone. Pyle Law has helped many clients like you get what they deserve from their employers. If you’re ready to get your free consultation, contact us today or call 620-312-3538.