Slips And Falls On The Job
Slips and falls can happen in almost any type of job, from jobs that require office work that is primarily behind a desk to slips and falls in healthcare settings or on construction sites. When a slip and fall happens at work, the worker can sustain serious injuries that can include fractures, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), sprains and strains, contusions, and other significant injuries. If you slipped and fell while you were working, it is important to get in touch with one of our experienced South Florida workers’ compensation attorneys to find out more about seeking medical coverage and wage replacement benefits under Florida workers’ compensation law.
Slips and Falls at Work May Be Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits
In order for an injury to be compensable through the Florida workers’ compensation system, it must arise out of the worker’s job or occur in the course of employment. An employee does not have to be actively engaged in a specific or risky work task when a slip and fall occurs in order for the injury to be compensable.
For example, if an office worker has left his desk to use the restroom, and the employee slips and falls on torn carpeting, the injury likely can be compensable. Similarly, if a slip and fall occurs on a construction site when a construction worker slips on a liquid spill on her way to get a bottle of water, the injury may be compensable. Of course, injuries that occur while a person is performing a job task are also likely compensable.
You Should Not Expect to Be Able to File a Premises Liability Lawsuit in Most Circumstances
While the term “slip and fall” is often used in connection with premises liability lawsuits, you should not anticipate that you will be able to file a premises liability lawsuit in order to seek compensation for your losses. Although people who are injured in slips and falls outside the context of work often can be eligible to file premises liability lawsuits against the owner of the premises where the slip and fall occurred, injured employees typically can solely be eligible for compensation through the Florida workers’ compensation system. Indeed, unless an exception applies, workers’ compensation is an exclusive remedy for a workplace slip and fall.
Contact a Pompano Beach Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident on the job, it is critical to learn more about filing a claim for financial compensation and medical coverage through the Florida workers’ compensation system. In most cases, a slip and fall injury at work will be compensable, and an employee will be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits as long as the claim is property reported to the employer within 30 days from the date of the injury and the employer appropriately files his or her workers’ compensation claim.
Although most workers who are injured in slip and fall accidents cannot file a premises liability lawsuit as individuals might be able to under other circumstances, one of our experienced Pompano beach workers’ compensation lawyers about your case. Contact the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. to learn more about how we can assist you.