It is the legal obligation of every employer to provide safe working conditions for employees. It includes providing appropriate safety gear, safety training, and taking necessary precautions in potentially hazardous situations. Creating a safe workplace also includes preventing slip and fall accidents. In spite of this, we come across numerous cases of slip and fall injuries in Missouri.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Work related slip and fall accidents are handled differently than the ones that occur on a private property. A worker cannot sue the employer for a slip and fall accident, but he can certainly seek benefits under the workers compensation program.
In some cases, the worker will have the right to sue a third party for the work related slip and fall accident. For example, if a worker slips and falls on a property owned by a third party while performing his duty, he can typically seek workers compensation benefits, and also sue the property owner for their negligence.
Slip and fall accidents are most common in construction sector. However, they can also occur in factories, offices, and other workplaces. The slip and fall injuries may be minor or severe. Severe injuries can affect an employee’s ability to work, and his life adversely. Work related slip and fall accidents can be caused by hazardous conditions such as:
- Cracked walkway can cause a worker to slip and fall. It is the duty of the employer to ensure that the walkway is safe for walking, and if it is broken, the employer needs to put up a warning sign.
- Slippery floors
- Broken staircases
- Uneven surfaces such as bunched up carpets
- Cluttered, slippery, or uneven walking areas
- Faulty ladders or scaffolds, or their inappropriate and incorrect use
- Poor safety culture, and no attention to safety practices
Missouri Workers Compensation
Workers compensation has been designed to safeguard the interests of the workers, and reduce the likelihood of litigation. However, many workers find the system quite complicated and confusing. The problem becomes even more complex if the injury was caused due to the negligence of a third party. Also, there are cases where insurance companies cause unnecessary delay or deny the claims.
In such cases, where the injured worker feels that he is not getting his rightful claims, and is instead getting embroiled in red tape, he should consult with an experienced workers compensation attorney.
If you have been injured in a workplace slip and fall accident, get in touch with the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann by calling (314) 361-4300 or filling out our online contact form to schedule a free and private consultation.
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