Slip-and-falls are among the most common injuries to occur while at work. According to the National Safety Council’s Injury Facts, in 2017, your odds of dying due to a fall was 1 in 114. Slips, trips and falls are the second-most common cause of occupational fatalities in the United States, and New Jersey saw 26 such deaths in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The reasons behind slip-and-falls varied, and included:
- Slippery surfaces.
- Improper or inadequate warnings.
- Inclement weather.
- And others.
The Bronsnick Law Firm was hired to represent a union laborer who was working on the roof of a newly-constructed commercial building in Jersey City. During what should have been a routine day handling electric duties, our client slipped through a hole in the roof, tore his knee and ended his ability to finish the job.
The general contractor had not kept the site in good condition and there snow and ice covered the roof covering a hole between the roof and the utility room, where our client fell, tearing his meniscus and requiring surgery.
We settled the case for the client and made sure all his medical bills were paid.
What To Do If Injured At Work
The Bronsnick Law Firm has represented many employees before Workers’ Compensation Courts. If injured on the job, here are some basic tips to follow:
- Document as much as possible. Take pictures of your injury and the scene and try to recount the exact sequence of events. Speak into the “notes” section of your mobile phone, if possible, to detail any personal injury or property damage.
- Alert your supervisor. Your company must immediately know of any hazards it houses or potentially causes. This way they will better understand the severity of your injuries and hopefully take measures to prevent a similar situation from happening to another worker.
- Visit a doctor or hospital. For the sake of your health, visit a doctor or emergency room so that the injury is properly treated and documented. This will also confirm the nature of the injuries as you prepare to file a claim.
- Hire a Workers’ Compensation lawyer. Hiring a lawyer from the outset can help get your treatments authorized, communicate with insurance companies and ultimately have your claims paid in a timely fashion. All treatment (following an emergency) must be authorized through the Workers’ Compensation claim, and your lawyer should be specifically trained in this practice area to negotiate (and battle with) insurance companies to ensure you are properly reimbursed.
We have two decades of experience getting medical treatments on track in the earliest stages of a claim so that injured workers and their families can focus on recovery and not financial burdens.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job in New Jersey, you need an experienced lawyer to present your injuries during insurance matters and Workers’ Compensation hearings. We’ll take the time to carefully gather and evaluate all evidence, traveling to your place of employment and talking to co-workers, if necessary. We’ll review all medical records, whether from your doctor or from physicians chosen by your employer or the workers’ compensation insurance provider. We’ll also prepare and file any required documents and will be your voice in all hearings or proceedings, including any appeals.
You need Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C.
To schedule a free initial consultation, contact Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C. online or call us at (973) 327-6611 for an appointment. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged. We will also travel to your home or to the hospital to meet with you. We service Roseland, Livingston, Caldwell, Wayne, West Orange, Montville, Montclair and other surrounding towns in Essex County. We handle all workplace injury claims on a contingency basis – we will not charge legal fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.
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