According to the National Safety Council (NSC), more than 34,673 individuals died from fatal slip and fall injuries at the workplace, while thousands of other individuals are hospitalized on a daily basis. Therefore, slip and fall injuries and worker compensation need a careful assessment and revisit.
Types of Slip and Fall Injuries at the Workplace
A slip or fall can lead to the following injuries that are covered by or protected under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Injuries occurring on-site, or off-site as part of the job can be claimed. They include:
- Broken or damaged knees or bones due to falling or a heavy object falling,
- Exposure to chemicals and harmful substance leading to long-term illness,
- Traumatic brain injuries causing paralysis, stress, or brain damage,
- Various cuts and bruises.
Slip and Fall Prevention Policies at the Workplace
Almost all employees working in construction, trade, transportation, manufacturing, government and services industry are subject to fatal slip and fall injuries. It is important for the employer to ensure appropriate working conditions that reduce the risk of fall. Some policies include:
- Keeping the floor dry,
- Providing safety training to all employees,
- Have a fall prevention manual made available to all employees,
- Provide employees with appropriate tools and uniforms to reduce the risk of injuries,
- Provide weather forecast for external workers
Claiming Workers’ Compensation
If an employee suffers from slip and fall injuries, their compensation – in the form of medical benefits, insurance, treatment, and future wages if an employee is not able to continue work – are governed by the Workers’ Compensation Act. Any disputes arising between employees and employers could be resolved under the guidance provided by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC), which works first as an arbitrator. Then, if unresolved, it moves the case to the circuit court. Employees can also apply for a hearing at the Appellate Court and the Supreme Court, if necessary. Under complications or first time claims, seeking support from a competent personal injury and workers compensation attorney can be helpful to recover financial claims.
If an injury occurs, a claim should be filed with the employer within 45 days of the incident. IWCC will hear the claim as an arbitrator – before the claim is sent to the court. No employer is allowed to harass an employee during the claim process. No claims are processed if an injury occurred due to employee negligence.
If you wish to find out more about workers’ compensation and slip and fall injuries in Illinois, schedule a free consultation, contact the offices of Robert Edens at (847) 395-2200 to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.