Slip and fall accidents in Pennsylvania can happen anywhere, even in the workplace. If you suffer a fall while at work and are injured, be prepared with a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself.
- Tell your supervisor as soon as possible. Include the fact that you were injured while at work, the type of injury, and the date and place you were injured. Your supervisor is required to report the injury to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation once you have missed a day, a shift, or a turn of work. The faster you report your injury, the faster you can obtain needed workers’ compensation benefits.
- Seek medical treatment. If your slip and fall has caused an injury, Pennsylvania law requires your employer to pay for reasonable and necessary medical treatment. If your employer has posted a list of physicians, you must choose your physician from this list and continue treatment with your chosen physician, or another from the list, for at least 90 days.
- Document your injury. Write down everything you can remember about where you fell, including the time of day, condition of the floor, the amount of lighting, and whether anything was on the floor that may have caused you to slip and fall. If someone else saw you fall, get that person’s contact information and have him or her write down what he or she saw. The better you document your injury, the more protection you will have if you later have a dispute with your employer.
Pennsylvania state and federal law requires employers to provide a safe workplace, which includes minimizing slip and fall hazards. Nevertheless, falls at work happen. If you fall at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, and a third party whose equipment may have lead to your fall may also be liable. If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall at work, please don’t hesitate to contact a skilled Central Pennsylvania fall at work injury attorney at Anapol Weiss. Our experienced lawyers will examine the details of your case and fight to protect your rights. Call Anapol Weiss at 866-735-2792 to schedule a free and confidential consultation today.