The majority of workplace accidents in Kansas and across the nation result from slip and falls. Slip and falls at work constitute 15% of all accidental deaths, second only to motor vehicles as a cause of accidental fatalities. Even a minor trip or slip on the jobsite can have serious consequences, leading to head injury, brain injury, sprained muscles, or broken bones, all of which can keep an employee from being able to attend work and perform essential tasks.
Kansas employees injured in slip and fall accidents while on the jobsite may have a valid workers’ compensation claim. Under the Kansas workers’ compensation system, employees who are injured in a slip and fall accident while in the course and scope of employment will receive benefits. Employees must timely report their slip and fall injury or their claim will be barred. Further, employees must sustain injuries significant enough to require medical attention or missed work time in order to obtain benefits.
Slip and fall accident victims can receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses, mileage reimbursements, prescription drug costs, payment for vocational rehabilitation, and wage replacement. Employees who suffer severe injuries, leaving them totally or partially disabled, may be eligible for more extensive benefits. The family members of those who die in a slip and fall accident while at work could receive death benefits.
Types of Workplace Slip and Falls
There are two general types of workplace falls: same-level falls and elevated falls.
Same level falls account for 65% of all falls. Common causes of same-level falls include:
- Slippery surfaces—spills of slippery products or liquid occur in workplaces across Kansas, from retail stores to warehouses and service industry locales. Slippery surface falls can result in relatively minor injuries like bruising and contusions, but can also cause serious injuries such as fractures or traumatic brain injury.
- Snow and ice—during the winter months, employers have a duty to keep the workplace, including sidewalks and parking lots, free from dangerous ice or snow. Despite this obligation, Kansas employees often find themselves slipping and falling on icy surfaces during the winter months.
- Trips—employees often trip from walking over uneven surfaces or into miss placed or poorly positioned objects. Employers must take care to fix uneven sidewalks and walking surfaces, including parking areas. They must also keep the workplace free of debris.
Elevated falls are those that occur from a height. These falls often occur in the construction industry, agriculture, mining, forestry, and other such occupations. Elevated falls hold the potential for serious injury and can result in death.
Contact Kansas City Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation
Workers’ compensation claims can be complex and stressful. Those injured in a slip and fall accident on the job in Kansas may experience uncertainty as to whether they should file a workers’ compensation claim. It is important that any injured worker fully understand their rights and obligations that are attached to filing a workers’ compensation claim before actually deciding to file a claim. To better understand what to expect, and what you might receive after filing a workers’ compensation claim, you should consult with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney right away. Kansas workers’ compensation attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients get back on their feet. To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.