According to the latest CDC data, there are an average of over 200,000 serious fall injuries each year. The highest number of those injuries occurred within the construction field, causing 278 fatalities in 2012 alone. Fall injuries can involve anything from slipping on a slick surface and falling to the floor to falling off of high scaffolding or rigging or even falling from a rooftop, tall building, or crane.
Falls rarely occur without an injury accompanying them. Because of the dangerous nature of fall injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is working hard to inspect dangerous conditions and remove hazards from workplaces across the United States.
If you or your loved one slipped or fell on the job, contact the Indianapolis fall injury lawyers at Wagner Reese for a free consultation. Call to get started.
What to Do If You Fall & Are Injured at Work
According to the National Safety Council, fall injuries account for over 8.9 million injuries each year. Findings from recent data show that over 25,000 fatalities are the result of fall accidents each year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Indiana is among the few states with the highest counts of work injuries and fatalities, coming in with 3.9 injuries per 100 workers.
If you are injured at work due to a fall, it is important that you take the following steps:
- First, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Falls are almost always very serious, and it is crucial that you receive treatment from a qualified medical professional.
- As soon as you are able, notify your employer of the accident. Make sure that an official injury or accident report is filed.
- If there were any witnesses, make sure to take down their name(s) and contact information, if possible. You will also want to keep all the relevant medical records.
- Do not sign or agree to anything, including documents provided by your employer or employer’s workers’ compensation insurer until you speak to an attorney.
The Indianapolis workplace fall attorneys at our firm can help you work to make sure that you receive the full, fair compensation you are entitled to. We often work with industry experts and other professionals in order to fully investigate each and every case we take on.
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At Wagner Reese, we understand how difficult it can be to recover from a devastating injury or the death of a loved one. Our firm offers compassionate, personalized legal guidance supported by over 150+ years of collective legal experience.
Since 1997, we have helped Hoosiers throughout the state, recovering millions of dollars and securing justice on behalf of victims of negligence and their families. We offer evening and weekend appointments and can come to you if you are unable to meet us at our office.
We provide all of our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no upfront cost for you. Instead, our attorneys’ fees are paid at the conclusion of your case based on a pre-agreed-upon percentage of your recovery; if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay.
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