Kansas City Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
Injured in a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accident at Work?
Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents occur on the walking and working surfaces of any work environment. Sometimes regarded as an accident involving less serious consequences, often the opposite is true. In any Kansas City area workplace, whether an office, grocery store, factory or heavy industry, a slip and fall incident can result in very serious injury. For instance, slipping and falling from scaffolding at a construction site, can result in broken bones, neck and back injuries or even
spinal cord injury, resulting in paralysis. In fact, OSHA reports workplace slip and fall accidents are the number one health and safety hazard in America. If you or a loved one has suffered serious or fatal injury as the result of a slip and fall at work or while on the job, it is important to seek the guidance of a Kansas City workers' compensation attorney today.
If you or someone you know has suffered a slip and fall accident at work, it is important to identify what caused the accident to occur. Recent changes to workers' compensation laws require a connection between the slip and fall and the work environment or activities. Simply tripping or slipping while at work but without a specific cause will not be enough to qualify for workers' compensation benefits. Contact Haight Stang, LLC should you have any questions about your obligations and your rights.
Slip and Fall Accidents and Workers' Compensation in Kansas City
The National Safety Council reports that slips and falls are the leading cause of death in the workplace and cause of more than 20 percent of all disabling personal injuries. While injuries due to slips and falls from height generally prove more severe, the vast majority of fall-related injuries occur in incidents at the same-level walking or working surface. Sixty percent of all workplace slip and fall accidents in America occur in the service, wholesale and retail trade industries at same-level walking or working surfaces. The causes of slip and fall accidents are varied and include:
- Wet or oily same-level or elevated walkways
- Unrepaired or otherwise hazardous floor surfaces
- Loose or unanchored mats or rugs
- Weather-related hazards such as ice, snow or rain
- Lack of employee training
In slip and fall incidents, as in most work-related accidents, the employer, the insurance carrier and the doctors THEY choose often have only one thing in mind: getting you to accept as little treatment, time from work to recover and monetary compensation as possible. It is vital to consult attorneys who will help you take a stand for full and fair compensation.
Contact a Kansas City slip and fall accident attorney
who will provide you the compassionate, yet aggressive, legal representation you deserve.