Fall accidents are a major concern when it comes to workplace injuries, as about 9 million workers in the U.S. are hospitalized each year due to being involved in slip, trip and fall accidents. In fact, according to research conducted by Bolt Insurance:
- Fall-related accidents are the number one cause of workers’ compensation claims in the U.S.
- The average cost of a workers’ compensation claim associated with a fall, slip or trip accident is about $20,000 per accident.
- Approximately 95 million workdays each year are compromised due to fall accidents and injuries.
Given these astounding fall accident statistics, researchers at Bolt Insurance conducted some extensive studies to uncover some more specific information regarding the incidence and prevalence of these accidents; the results of their studies revealed that:
- About 55 percent of all slip and fall injuries that occur in the workplace take place on wet floors.
- On average, a fall accident causes the injured worker to miss about 38 days of work.
- Police officers, nurses, sanitation workers, food service workers and laborers are the leading occupations in which work days are missed due to a fall accident and injury. In fact, police officers are five times more likely than any other worker to sustain a fall accident.
- Fall injuries result in more than 20 percent of all emergency room visits each year in the U.S.
- While about 5 percent of fall accidents result in broken bones, most of these accidents – particularly when fatal injuries are sustained – involve some type of head or brain injury.
- On an annual basis, fall accidents and injuries cost about $70 billion in workers’ compensation benefits, medical bills and lost productivity.
Colorado Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
If you have sustained a workplace injury and are considering (or in the process of) filing a workers’ compensation claim, you cannot rely upon your employer or insurance companies to look out for your best interests. In fact, both your employer and insurance companies will be more focused on their own bottom lines instead of your current and future wellbeing. This can make the system adversarial for injured workers and potentially even put them in situations in which their legitimate workers’ compensation claims are undercut or even flat-out denied.
In such cases, it’s essential that injured workers contact the Colorado workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick. Our legal professionals are experienced at going up against corporate lawyers and insurance companies, and we have a proven track record of success when it comes to securing our Clients the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and financial losses. For a thorough evaluation of your case, along with expert advice on the best manner in which to move forward, call us at (303) 447-2644.
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