New Orleans Workplace Slip & Fall Lawyer
Slip and fall injuries can happen to anyone; young or old employees, whether they are engaged in physically demanding occupations or desk jobs, can all break an ankle or wrist, suffer a concussion, or end up in the emergency room with a back injury from a slip and fall. If you were injured on the job, a Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC New Orleans workplace slip & fall lawyer is here to help you with your next steps.
What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?
Workers’ compensation is no-fault insurance, which means that all employees are eligible for it regardless of fault. For example, an employee of a fast food restaurant who slips and falls on a recently mopped, and wet, floor is entitled to workers’ comp benefits even if they were the one who mopped the floor and didn’t put up a caution sign. Similarly, an employee who trips and falls down a set of stairs that their employer failed to maintain by not putting up a hand railing is also entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, which pay for:
- Full medical care
- Temporary or permanent partial wage replacement based on the employee’s average weekly wages
- Vocational training
Reasons Your Claim Can Be Denied
Your employer or your employer’s insurance carrier may deny your workers’ compensation claim (or reduce your compensation) based on the following:
- Paperwork/clerical errors with your claim
- Your injury was caused off the job
- Your injury is being exaggerated or made-up
- Your injury is pre-existing
- You were intoxicated during the accident
- You were engaged in an unlawful act during the accident
In many cases, employers and insurance companies will go to great lengths to limit their liability in workers’ compensation claims. This is why it is crucial that you seek out the aid of an accomplished workplace slip and fall attorney to help you gather medical evidence, file your claim, and appeal claim denials.
Common Causes of Workplace Slip and Falls
A slip and fall does not have to be anyone’s fault in particular in order to recover workers’ compensation benefits. Common causes of slip and falls include the following:
- Wet, greasy, or otherwise slippery floor
- Damaged flooring
- Lack of handrail
- Bad lighting
- Improper footwear
- Cluttered walkway
Most Common Injuries Stemming from Workplace Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall can end with some minor bruising or lead to hospitalization. It all depends on how the worker lands.
- Traumatic brain injury
- Fractured hip
- Fractured ankle
- Fractured wrist or forearm
- Herniated disc
- Fractured vertebrae
- Sprains, strains, and muscle/tendon tears
Call a New Orleans Slip and Fall at Work Lawyer
Workers’ compensation is available to all Louisiana employees who slip and fall at work. Filling a personal injury claim is another option in some cases. No matter the circumstances of your slip and fall, our New Orleans slip and fall at work lawyer is standing by to take your call. We urge you to seek professional legal counsel by calling Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC today at 601-488-3975 to schedule a free consultation.