Over 260,000 individuals across the U.S. will experience a fall on the job that requires time off work. Close to 1,000 employees will die in fatal falls in America. In Kansas, hundreds of work related falls are reported to the workers’ compensation board annually. Some of the most common falls include falling off non-moving motor vehicles and ladders. Over 100 employees die after falling off ladders each year and more than 60 perish from falling off non-moving vehicles.
Falls can happen in nearly any workplace, but employees in certain occupations are at a greater risk of serious falls. The vast majority of workplace falls occur in the fields of:
- Fishing occupations
- Construction laborers
- Structural metal workers
- Construction supervisors
Studies show the majority of fall related deaths and injuries, some 50%, happen in the construction industry. This can be attributed to the fact that so many construction workers must perform tasks at high elevations, involving ladders and scaffolding. Further, the construction industry is generally fast paced and tough deadlines are enforced. Many temporary or seasonal workers are employed, who may or may not be properly trained.
Types of Work Related Falls
Many different types of falls can occur on the jobsite. Some of the most common causes of falls while at work include:
- Falls from ladders
- Falls from one level to another, i.e. from the roof, down the steps or stairs, from building girders or structural steel, or from trees
- Falls from scaffolding, staging
- Falls on the same level
- From nonmoving vehicles
Injuries Stemming from Falls
An employee’s injuries will depend greatly on the cause of the fall and individual circumstances. Some of the most common injuries sustained in a fall include:
- Head injury
- Brain injury
- Neck and back injury
- Broken limbs
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal organ damage
Obtaining Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Fall Injuries
In the state of Kansas, nearly all public and private employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Employees who are injured in a fall will generally be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits so long as they can show the injury arose in the course and scope of employment. Further, the employee must notify the supervisor of the accident and their injuries must be severe enough to require either medical attention or time off work.
Workers’ compensation benefits can include: payment for medical bills, prescription drug costs, rehabilitation, wage replacement, mileage reimbursement, and more.
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 falls on the job 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.