Have you been injured in a workplace slip and fall accident in Minnesota? These accidents are all too common, with nearly 700 workers killed in slip and fall accidents each year. Slip and fall accidents also cause more than 25% of all workplace injuries.
If you experienced a slip and fall injury at work, you may need an attorney. Slip and fall accidents can cause life-altering injuries that impact your ability to work and provide for your family. Slip and fall at work settlements can compensate for the harm you suffered and allow you to pay the bills that may be piling up.
Common Causes of Slip and Falls at Work
In a busy work environment, employers must pay diligent attention to workers’ and customers’ safety. These common causes of slip and falls are likely to injure a worker:
- Uneven flooring,
- Spilled liquid,
- Loose flooring,
- Recently polished floors,
- Dim lighting,
- Wires stretched across the floor,
- Broken stairs, and
- Equipment left on the floor.
Unfortunately, these hazards can seriously injure or even kill a worker. If you suffer an injury at work, your employer is responsible to compensate you under workers’ compensation law, regardless of whose fault the accident was.
Additionally, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against third parties who act negligently, such as manufacturers and independent contractors.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall
After you experience a slip and fall at work, you’ll want to do these things right away:
- Seek medical attention to treat urgent injuries;
- Notify your employer that you slipped and fell at work;
- Take photos or gather other documentation of the circumstances of your accident;
- Write down the names of witnesses to the accident; and
- Contact a workers’ comp attorney for help determining whether to file for workers’ compensation or pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
It’s important to take immediate action after your accident so that your employer doesn’t dispute your claim. Notifying your employer, “I fell at work,” and seeking medical attention will alert them to the severity of your injury. Evidence gathered at the scene of your fall at work and witness statements can help validate your version of events.
How a Lawyer Can Help
You may feel confused by the pushback you get from supervisors after you file an accident claim. Of course, employers don’t want to pay injured workers unless they have to. Hiring an attorney gives you a determined advocate who will pressure your employer to pay all legally required compensation.
The attorneys at Arechigo & Stokka can help you evaluate the various Minnesota laws that apply to your workers’ compensation case. Our attorneys will advise you on your best strategy for maximum compensation and work passionately on your behalf.
Contact us today for a free consultation. Our legal professionals have decades of experience representing injured workers in slip and fall at work settlements. As a two-attorney firm, we deliver personalized representation and diligent focus on each client, attention that is difficult to find at a big law firm.
We would appreciate hearing your story and considering how we can help you win maximum slip and fall compensation.
Josh has been representing injured workers for over 10 years. Josh was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, and attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology. Mr. Stokka alson received his law degree from the Hamline University School of Law. During law school, Josh clerked at a Minnesota law firm specializing in personal injury and workers’ compensation. Prior to practicing in the area of workers’ compensation, Josh clerked for a judge in the 7th Judicial District in Minnesota. This valuable experience gave him insight into how judges think, do their jobs behind the scene, and how to frame a case in order to obtain a favorable result. Now, he focuses 100% of his practice on defending injured workers in Minnesota.