Broken bones, cuts and abrasions are among the most common on-the-job fall injuries for New York workers. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls from elevation make up about 40% of successful fall-related workers’ compensation cases. Construction workers are most likely to fall from heights, but you could fall and become injured at any job.
To complicate matters, many catastrophic injuries lack obvious physical signs. You may not realize the seriousness of an injury involving torn ligaments and tendons, spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injuries. However, these can have long-term effects, so even if you do not yet know how hurt you are, treat it as if it could be serious.
Report the accident immediately
Report the slip-and-fall accident and injury to a supervisor or manager, fill out the required paperwork and seek medical advice right away. The longer the time between the injury, medical care and your report to your employer, the more evidence you may require if it becomes necessary to prove the incident occurred at work. To receive workers’ compensation benefits, you must file the appropriate report in a timely manner.
Document your injuries
You should gather all evidence of each step of your recovery and treatment for your claim. This includes any of the following:
- Proof of a hospital stay
- Emergency room visit documentation
- Doctors’ appointments
- Specialist referrals
Workers’ compensation covers the costs of these, and you should also receive a portion of your lost wages while you are unable to work. However, workers’ compensation does not cover damages for pain and suffering.
If a negligent third party contributed to your fall, you may file a civil claim, which may result in further compensation for pain and suffering and other damages.