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According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are one of the leading causes of injury and fatality in the workplace. Construction workers are most at risk for injuries from a fall, but falls can happen in any workplace. If you are a victim of a work-related fall, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits that allow you to focus on your recovery without the added financial burden associated with medical bills and lost wages.
The Bear Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow are dedicated to helping injured workers and their families claim the compensation they deserve. Combining decades of experience with a vast knowledge of Delaware Workers’ Compensation law, Rhoades & Morrow lawyers work to claim the maximum benefits available to their clients.
While construction workers are most likely to be injured in a work-related fall accident, every worker is at risk for serious and sometimes fatal injuries from a fall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined the occupations that have the highest rate of fall-related injury. These include those working in high places, such as roofers, electricians, plumbers, sheet metal workers, and firefighters. Healthcare workers such as nurses, medical assistants, and patient transportation workers are at risk for falls related to slippery surfaces, tripping over carpet or uneven floor surfaces, and falling down stairs.
Building maintenance and cleaning personnel suffer falls from ladders, scaffolding, slipping on wet surfaces, inclement weather conditions, and stairwells. Transportation workers are at risk for falling because of unguarded platforms, moving vehicles, and weak flooring. Office workers commonly fall over extension cords and wiring, or fall from their desk chair.
Most people do not consider warehouses or retail stores to be dangerous places, but falls in these industries are common. Climbing ladders to restock shelves, falls from scaffolding, slipping on spilled liquids, and tripping over debris left in aisles pose an increased risk for falls. Material handlers in the manufacturing, distribution, and disposal of products are at a considerable risk for fall-related injuries. Workers are constantly moving heavy products, big boxes, and awkward packages that prevent them from seeing obstacles in front of them. These products can also shift weight and fall, knocking workers down or potentially crushing them under their weight.
Even a seemingly minor fall can result in a serious or deadly injury. An office worker that leans too far back in their wheeled desk chair can fall over backward and hit their head on a desk corner, or have heavy computers, printers, or shelving fall on top of them. Traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, sprains, and back injuries can result from this type of incident.
Most fall accident injuries occur when people fall onto hard surfaces. Head injuries such as concussions, lacerations, and neurological trauma can be catastrophic. Facial injuries such as broken bones and cuts requiring stitches are also common. Hand, arm, shoulder, back, ankle, and foot fractures can require long-term recuperation or even surgery.
Back and spinal injuries are common in falls from high places such as scaffolds and ladders. Paralysis, and disc injuries can result from this type of injury. Head injuries and broken bones in the legs and arms are also common. Recuperation from this type of injury often requires extensive recovery periods and ongoing physical and cognitive therapy.
Fatal injuries from work-related falls commonly involve trauma to the brain or head, deep cuts, or damage to internal organs, loss of blood, and injuries to the respiratory system that cause the victim to stop breathing.
If you have been injured or in a fall-related accident at work, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. The Bear Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow understand the financial impact that medical bills and lost wages can have on the victim and their family when an injury prevents them from working. Our team of dedicated work injury lawyers work diligently to claim the maximum amount of Workers’ Compensation benefits you deserve.
Call us at 302-834-8484, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. Our offices are conveniently located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, allowing us to serve clients throughout the state.