Riverside Workplace Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer
Helping California Workers Secure Compensation After a Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident
Falls remain a leading cause of injury in workplaces across the country. In California, falls, slips, and trips accounted for nearly 17% of all fatal workplace injuries in 2021. Nationwide, close to a thousand workers are killed in workplace falls each year, and more than 210,000 workers are injured severely enough in falls to miss work. While construction workers and other industrial employees are at the greatest risk of falls from heights, slips, trips, and falls can happen in any workplace. With proper safety measures in place, the risk of falls can be severely mitigated in any place of work.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall in a California workplace, the slip and fall workers’ comp legal team at Ochoa & Calderón is ready to fight for your rights. We’ll get you the workers’ compensation benefits and other damages you are owed so that you can focus on obtaining the medical care you need to get yourself back on track.
How Do Slip & Falls Happen in the Workplace?
Slip and fall accidents can happen for any number of reasons. In an industrial setting, there are numerous hazards to contend with–scaffolds, ladders, spills, discarded tools, etc.–but even in an office setting, there’s a risk of slips, trips, and falls.
The zealous slip and fall workers’ comp attorneys at Ochoa & Calderón help accident victims secure the medical care, lost wages, and other benefits they are due after all manner of slip & fall accidents. In our experience helping workplace slip and fall victims, some of the most common contributing factors causing slip & falls in the workplace include the following:
- Uneven floors
- Wet surfaces due to spills, weather, cleaning, or other causes
- Inadequate lighting, especially in hazardous locations
- Uneven staircases
- Loose or broken handrails
- Loose or torn carpeting
- Exposed wires
- Discarded tools
- Flooring collapse
- Falling or rolling objects causing a worker to jump out of the way
- Flooring collapse
- Scaffolding collapse
- Cracked sidewalks and pavement
- Broken furniture
- Failure to place signs about hazards
When Is Someone Not Eligible for Workers’ Comp After a Workplace Slip & Fall?
Under most circumstances, a worker injured at their place of work can recover workers’ compensation benefits including a portion of their lost wages, coverage for their medical costs, and job displacement benefits for more serious injuries. Workers need not prove that anyone was at fault for the accident, only that it happened at work or while performing job-related duties. Even if the worker was at fault for the accident, they can still recover benefits.
In California, workers can only be denied workers’ comp benefits after a slip & fall under certain circumstances:
- The fall happened outside of work and when the worker was engaged in private activities
- The worker fell intentionally or intentionally created a hazardous environment
- The worker was under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the workplace, or otherwise deliberately violated vital safety protocols
- The fall resulted from illegal conduct by the worker, such as assaulting another employee
If your slip and fall did not occur under any of these circumstances, then your workers’ comp insurance provider does not have proper grounds to deny your claim outright. Talk to an experienced workers’ comp benefits attorney to ensure that you manage your claim effectively and get the medical care and compensation you are due.
Our Riverside Workplace Slip and Fall Attorneys Are Ready to Help You Recover the Compensation You Are Owed
For help getting workers’ comp benefits and other damages after a slip and fall accident or any other workplace injury or illness, call Ochoa & Calderón to discuss your case with a diligent and effective California workers’ comp lawyer. Call 951-901-4444 in Riverside or 844-401-0750 toll-free throughout Southern California.