Maine Workers' Compensation Law:    Slip and Fall Injuries

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Understanding Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and fall accidents while working happen all too often. These injuries can be severe, and may even be life-changing events. Slip and fall accidents can result in many different injuries, such as knee injuries, shoulder injuries, concussions, serious hip injuries and also damage to the spine (including disk herniations in the back or neck).

Filing a Slip and Fall Injury claim

Injuries that happen due to a slip or fall while working, and also on the employer’s premises while the employee is going to or from work, are typically covered by through Workers’ Compensation. You should be entitled to full ongoing benefits for lost wages, medical coverage and travel expenses to and from your doctor. Also, you are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits if the fall occurred either at your work place or while working off site for your employer.

If you are injured at work you must inform your employer within 30 days of the date of your injury. Report ALL injuries, not just those that your employer thinks are serious.

Your employer will then report the injury to their insurance company. The insurance company will decide whether to pay you, on a voluntary basis, a portion of your lost wages and medical expenses related to your work injury.

Concerns with Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and fall injuries are often downplayed by the employer or their insurance company as just minor concerns. Some of their tactics for denying your claim may include:

  • Labelling the injury a “simple muscle strain.”
  • Claiming that the injury happened before or after work hours
  • Stating that the injury is a long-standing or pre-existing condition that has nothing to do with your fall at work.
  • Arguing that, “you could have just as easily tripped and fell at home like you did at work, so you are not entitled to benefits”.
Don’t accept these excuses that you hear from your employer or their insurance company when they deny your benefits. Contact a lawyer to discuss your rights.

Beyond Workers' Compensation benefits, slip and fall accidents may include a personal injury case against your employer or, if the accident occurs at a different location while you are working, against the company or property owner at that location.

Slip and Fall Injury Representation

The effects of a slip and fall injury can be devastating, leaving the person with little or no ability to work and suffering ongoing pain. Often, these injuries limit mobility so even daily activities can be difficult.

The lawyers at Irwin & Morris have successfully represented many clients with slip and fall injuries. We help them receive Workers’ Compensation benefits for lost wages and payment of medical bills. We have successfully recovered full workers’ compensation benefits for our clients involved in a variety of slip and fall work-place accidents, including:

  • Slipping on liquid left on the floor
  • Tripping over a bolt sticking up from the floor
  • Slipping on ice
  • Stumbling over debris left on the floor, a frequent injury on construction sites and in warehouses
  • Falling down stairs
  • Tripping or stumbling on an uneven surface.

Our lawyers are skilled at a wide variety of cases involving slip and fall injuries and are very experienced in guiding a client through the Workers Compensation process. Give us a call or send us a message using the contact form on this page, and we will answer any question or concerns you may have – free of charge.

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