Slips and falls are common work-related accidents in Massachusetts. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these accidents account for more than 25% of all work injuries in Massachusetts. The Department of Labor also notes an increase in the annual number of slip and fall accidents. Since 2010, more than 900 workers have died from slipping, tripping, and falling accidents. Truck drivers, carpenters, and roofers are the main victims of these accidents.
What to do after a slip and fall accident
Workplace injuries might be expensive to treat and maintain, which is one of the biggest reasons you may want to take advantage of workers’ compensation availability. You should consider taking these steps to protect your rights and health.
- Seeking medical help ought to be your first priority. After you are injured in the workplace, you might not immediately know the severity of the injuries. Minor injuries can also result in subtle symptoms only identifiable in a hospital.
- Report the accident to your employer and notify them of your injuries. If you fail to make a timely report, the employer could deny your benefits.
- Have a copy of the workplace injury report. Other vital records include the insurance report, witness report, union representatives and supervisors’ reports. You can also take images of the scene. If you have subsequent doctor appointments, maintain those records too.
- Since health is your main priority, follow all guidelines given by your doctor. Failure to follow this advice could result in a dispute with the employer, or your claim might be denied.
- A personal injury attorney will help you with your workers’ compensation claim. Serious injuries require legal assistance.
Have you been involved in a workplace accident? Contact an attorney for further consultation.