Every day, 25,000 people slip and fall in the United States. Many of those accidents take place at work and may result in serious injury. Here are some of the biggest workplace slip hazards and how to avoid them.
The Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
Here are a few things that California businesses will want to watch out for, and things that employees should report immediately in order to keep the workplace safe.
- Slippery surfaces
- Wet surfaces due to cleaning
- Wet surfaces due to leaks
- Wet surfaces due to foot traffic on a rainy day
- Poorly lit areas
- Uneven surfaces
- Poorly marked transitions (i.e. a sudden step down)
Use of wet floor signs, quick cleanup of dangerous situations, proper lighting, and well-marked areas where a person should watch his or her step can do much to reduce the number of slip and fall accidents.
If You Have Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident
The first thing to do after an injury is sustained at the workplace is to fill out an accurate injury report. One should also communicate with and get contact information from any eyewitnesses. Since it is very rare for a slip and fall to happen without something that caused it, an important step is to document the problem by taking pictures before anything can be changed.
The personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm are experts when it comes to helping slip and fall injury victims to receive the appropriate compensation. Call 619-344-0360 to learn more.Read More
If you are in a car accident, make sure to find out if the other driver was using his or her personal car while working. Employers allow employees use personal vehicles for short-term business errands — like picking up last minute office supplies or running to the bank for a deposit. In such cases, you will need a lawyer to help you determine the full extent of compensation possible.
Large corporations have deep pockets. So for example, if you were in a car accident with a teenage driver, he or she could be on an errand (to the bank, for example) for his or her fast food employer. The teenage driver might not even know that the employer is therefore responsible for the financial losses caused by the accident. This teenager might only be able to offer you information about his or her personal insurance. And that insurance could be minimum coverage.
Worse yet, the driver might not have any insurance at all. And while you can always sue to collect wages for up to 20 years, that’s a long time to wait to be fully compensated for your losses due to medical bills and lost income.
However, if the driver was running to the bank to make a daily deposit for the employer (more common than you might realize), then the employer becomes responsible for your losses. And large corporations have insurance policies that can cover millions of dollars in losses. So instead of fighting for compensation through the minimum wage income from the driver, you and your lawyer will be able to use the corporation’s insurance policy for immediate payment on your current and projected losses.Read More