Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace are Usually Due to Negligence

A slip trip or fall in the workplace can leave a worker with often quite serious workplace injuries. An employee may be off work for several weeks or months.

If an employee has suffered a workplace accident, they are entitled to work compensation regardless of who is at fault.  Usually in a slip trip or fall case, someone has been negligent.

If a worker is making an injury compensation claim, it is also extremely wise to seek legal counsel. A work injury lawyer can offer invaluable advice making a real difference to the outcome of your case.

If you have suffered a trip slip or fall at work, or in a public place contact us or call 1800 006 766.

Finding  solicitor waho specialises in slip trip or fall cases or indeed any workplace accident can be a task in itself. An injury helpline such as the Australian Injury Helpline can point you in the right direction. Helpline providers have a list of specialist lawyers offering free legal advice and take cases on a no win no fee basis.

Trip and falls at work are a common kind of workplace accident. Such accidents can occur under a variety of circumstances. Even in relatively safe workplace environments, such incidents can still occur. Types of slip trip and fall accidents include;

  • Falling down stairs
  • Tripping over an obstacle on the workplace floor or in a doorway
  • Slipping on a wet floor
  • Falling off office chairs, scaffolding etc.
  • Items falling from above such as shelves, files or boxes

Typical injuries from a slip trip or fall at work include sprains, broken bones, back injuries and head injuries. Such injuries can be permanent affecting a worker for the rest of their life.

Determining negligence is the job of a lawyer. When it comes to determining negligence, no case is black and white. The right questions need to be asked of the right people and evidence needs to be gathered. To discuss your matter with a lawyer call 1800 006 766.

Work compensation will cover all medical costs and the cost of rehabilitation and cover your wages or salary while you are away from work.  An experienced work injury lawyer may be able to fight for much more than just past losses and expenses.

An experienced lawyer may prepare a common law claim. A common law claim is a separate claim outside of workers comp in which a case for negligence is presented. If you are eligible to claim you may also be awarded future losses and expenses (or future economic losses). In addition you may be awarded a lump sum payment for your pain and suffering.

A work injury lawyer can assist an injured worker by fighting for everything to which a worker is entitled.  This may mean a greater amount of injury compensation is awarded as the future is also taken into account.

Many work injury lawyers take cases on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. This usually means there are no up-front or ongoing costs. Be careful when choosing a no win no fee lawyer. It is always best to go with one recommended by an independent organisation such as the Australian Injury Helpline.

Slips trips and falls at work can have devastating consequences. Quite often a worker can feel ashamed, embarrassed and feel it is their fault. It is important to stop and ask the question – could this injury have been prevented? Why did it happen and is anyone to blame?

A slip trip or fall can happen to anyone whether at work or in a public place. Compensation benefits assist with recovery and losses past, present and future. If an injury could have been prevented there is negligence involved. Employers have a duty to ensure safety at work and when conditions have been unsafe causing an injury, this truth needs to be addressed.

Remember, even if your slip trip or fall happened in the last three years you may still have rights. Never accept an offer of a lump sum from a work compensation insurer such as Work Cover until you have obtained independent advice from an injury helpline or work injury lawyer. For further information contact us on 1800 006 766.