Often, injuries sustained on the job due to a slip and fall accident fall under a workers’ comp claim. Victims may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses and lost wages because of their injuries. Also, victims may be eligible for expenses they may incur for their vocational rehab.
Although victims are not required by law to hire a lawyer to file a workers’ comp claim, an Albrecht Law attorney should be consulted when a claim is denied, or an employer refuses to do their part in the claim process. The right attorney will make sure a victim’s rights are fully protected and that they get the benefits they are entitled to. In some on-the-job slip and fall accidents, a contractor’s negligence may be a contributing factor. In this case, the victim can file a third-party claim to collect damages.
Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident
After a slip and fall accident, a victim must seek medical attention right away even if they think they have a minor injury. Usually, a slip and fall accident can make the victim feel embarrassed, so they may not want others to know. But, when they realize they suffered a serious injury and failed to seek immediate medical attention, they may find it hard to prove the injury was caused by a work-related accident. If possible, victims of slips and falls should take photos of the accident scene and their injury if visible. If someone witnesses their fall, they should also get their contact information. Their attorney can use this information when they decide to file a personal injury claim later.
What a Lawyer Can Do
Those who were involved in a slip and fall accident can benefit from consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer to talk about their options and plan for their future. The best lawyer can thoroughly investigate their case to prove their claim. They have extensive knowledge of applicable laws in Washington State. They will fight for the victim’s rights, making sure their medical expenses, pain and suffering, as well as lost wages are properly compensated. With the right attorney, you do not need to pay unless they recover compensation for you.
To take legal action, your attorney will help you establish that negligence occurred. Keep in mind that just because you sustained an injury because of a slip and fall on another person’s property does not automatically mean they are responsible for your injury. Your lawyer will identify the particular hazard that caused your accident and determine whether the owner of the property caused this hazard was aware of its existence.