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North Carolina Slip And Fall Work Injuries
King Law Firm – Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Many people don’t think about the fact that they could slip and fall at any time until it happens to them. Unfortunately, many people fall at work. Slips and falls are the country’s leading cause of workers’ compensation claims, according to the National Floor Safety Institute. These claims come from people working in all kinds of environments, from construction sites to office buildings. Anyone who is injured from a fall at work should contact an experienced North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney to protect their rights and ensure they obtain the benefits to which they are entitled.
While each work injury case is unique, we understand that many people have questions they want to be answered before they even consult an attorney. Below are answers to some of the most common questions we get regarding slips and falls at work.
What Workers’ Compensation Benefits Do Employers Need to Have?
Almost all employers in North Carolina are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. These plans pay benefits to workers who are injured while carrying out the duties of the job. However, there are certain categories of employees that are exempt from coverage, including farm laborers and domestic workers.
The insurance must cover 66 ⅔ percent of what you would make in the time you miss work. Furthermore, employers and their insurance must pay for medical treatments and rehabilitation services related to the injury. Mental health conditions are compensable, according to North Carolina law.
Who is at Risk of Slips and Falls?
Employers need to carry workers’ compensation benefits because slip and falls can happen anywhere. Whether you work at a tidy office building, a warehouse, a manufacturing floor, a restaurant, a factory, or anywhere else, you could fall at work and be seriously hurt.
Some common causes of falls at work include:
- Unkempt cords or wires running across the floor
- Spilled liquids, especially when not marked
- Elevators stopping quickly with no warning
- Holes, cracks, and unevenness in the floor
Because these issues can arise in almost any workplace, it’s vital for all workers to remain alert and for all employers to take proper precautions.
Are Slips and Falls Really That Serious?
Sadly, far too many people fail to take falls seriously. While some slips cause nothing more than embarrassment, others can cause severe and even permanent damage. In fact, falls make up 27 percent of all workplace injuries.
Often, the injuries from falls require time away from work, but workers do recover. Those who fall may sustain sprains, strains, and even broken bones. Sadly, falls can sometimes be even more severe. More than 800 people die each year from falls at work in the United States.
My Employer’s Negligence Caused My Fall. Can I File a Lawsuit?
In most cases, these claims are handled through workers’ compensation. However, sometimes employers do not have the insurance they are supposed to. In these cases, employers should report this violation. Furthermore, they may need to file lawsuits to receive the compensation they need.
Call Us Today to Speak to a North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Even if you never need to file a lawsuit for your slip or fall, it can be vital to have a North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney on your side. Insurance companies often try to get out of paying workers’ compensation claims. An experienced attorney can fight for you. If you need help, contact King Law Firm through our website or by calling (800) 635-1683.
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