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Slip and Fall Injuries on the Job – What Injured Workers Need to Know

October 11th, 2018 at 9:45 am

Illinois workplace injury attorneysSlips, trips, and falls are some of the leading causes of injuries in the workplace. In fact, statistics indicate that they are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims, and they represent the primary reason for missed days at work. So what can you do if you are injured on the job after a slip, trip, or fall? The following information explains, and it provides important details on how a seasoned workers’ compensation lawyer can help improve your chances of receiving a full and fair payout on your work injury claim. 

Workplace Slip and Fall Injury Statistics

Some workers are able to return to work shortly after their injury, but around 22 percent of all workers injured by a slip, trip, or fall end up missing at least 30 days or work. During that time, their household bills may go unpaid, and they may struggle to support their families. For an estimated 600 families, the effect of a workplace slip, trip, or fall is permanent, as their loved one ends up dying from injuries associated with a slip, trip, or fall in the workplace. These numbers all contribute to the estimated $70 billion that is paid out each year in compensation and medical-related costs for workplace slip, trip, and fall injuries. 

Why Seek Legal Assistance with a Workers’ Compensation Claim? 

Insurance companies are in the business of making money, not paying it out. When one adds in the sheer number of claims that are processed by the insurance companies each year, it is no wonder why so many are denied for things like a pre-existing condition or an injury that allegedly occurred outside of the workplace. Denials are not ironclad, however. In fact, an attorney can help reduce the risk of an initial denial. A skilled workers’ compensation lawyer can also increase the chances of a favorable outcome if the claim is denied and must be appealed. Payouts may also be higher for those who obtain legal assistance during the claims process. Lastly, a lawyer can help to determine if an injured worker is eligible for compensation outside of their workers’ compensation claim, such as through a third-party lawsuit. 

Contact Our Cook County Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

If you have been injured on the job, contact the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio for assistance. Our Chicago workers’ compensation attorney will protect your interests, right from the very start of your claim. Schedule a free consultation to get started. Call 630-574-2288 today. 

Sources:

https://nfsi.org/nfsi-research/quick-facts/

https://secure.fldfs.com/wcapps/claims_research/Stats_Results.asp

 

Written by Staff Writer

October 11th, 2018 at 9:45 am

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