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In contrast to a general personal injury claim, when you experience a slip and fall incident at your workplace resulting in an on-the-job injury, proving negligence is not a prerequisite for claiming workers' compensation benefits. If the injury occurred while performing job duties or as a consequence of your employment, you are eligible to file a work accident claim.

Given the meticulous scrutiny by workers' compensation insurance companies in such cases, it is imperative to engage the services of a seasoned workers' compensation attorney. This ensures the accurate filing of your claim and facilitates the receipt of essential medical treatment.

Types of Slip-and-Fall Injuries

Our firm has successfully assisted numerous injured workers in filing claims related to slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall cases. Injuries range from broken and sprained ankles, feet, legs, knees, hips, and hands to more severe traumas, such as head and brain injuries or crush injuries to hands. Instances often involve falling objects, machine malfunctions, or falls occurring within the workplace.

Brain and head traumas are frequently associated with spinal cord injuries resulting from slips, trips, or falls. These injuries encompass muscle strains, fractures, herniated disks, paralysis, personality changes, difficulty speaking, chronic pain, immobility, or severe stress. The impact on one's ability to work, coupled with potential medical costs and income loss, can be profoundly stressful.

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Causes of Workplace Slip and Fall Injuries

According to data from the National Floor Safety Institute, fall injuries lead to approximately eight million emergency room visits annually, with slips and falls accounting for over one million of these visits. These incidents rank as the primary cause of lost workdays and are the leading contributors to workers' compensation claims.

Numerous factors contribute to slip and fall accidents in and around Encino. Some common causes that our attorneys at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach assist clients with include:

  • Slippery flooring
  • Loose floorboards or stairs
  • Uneven flooring
  • Unaddressed spills (grease, liquid, oil, etc.)
  • Puddling after heavy rain
  • Loose rugs or mats
  • Unmarked stairs or rises on the floor
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Loose cables on the floor
  • Cluttered floors and pedestrian pathways
  • Lack of handrailings on stairs
  • Potholes or cracked pavement in the parking lot

Time Limit to File a Slip and Fall Work Injury Claim

Workers injured in slip and fall accidents in Encino must promptly report their injuries to their employer within 30 days of the incident. Subsequently, there is a one-year statute of limitations for California workers' compensation claims. Failing to file a claim within this timeframe may result in the inability to recover compensation for incurred losses.

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Types of Compensation Available

If you or someone you know has suffered a slip and fall injury while working in Encino, various forms of compensation may be available under the California workers' compensation system, including:

  • Full coverage of medical bills arising from the slip and fall
  • Compensation for lost wages during the recovery period
  • Temporary or permanent disability benefits
  • Support for retraining if a new occupation becomes necessary

The specific compensation you receive depends on the unique circumstances surrounding your situation.

Contact Us Now for Slip-and-Fall Injury Assistance

Whether your slip-and-fall incident resulted from an icy parking lot, a ladder or scaffold mishap, spilled liquid, uneven flooring, or inadequate lighting, our team is ready to assist with your claim. Benefit from our experienced fatal accident attorneys who have decades of success in handling slip-and-fall workers' compensation claims.

Led by a certified workers' compensation lawyer with over 40 years of courtroom expertise, our firm is here to help. Schedule a free consultation by calling our Encino office or contact us online to set up an appointment.

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