I Slipped And Fell At Work In New York City – What Should I Do?

One of the leading causes of workplace injuries is slipping and falling. If you slipped and fell at work recently, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, recovering this compensation is largely contingent on taking the necessary steps to safeguard your legal rights.

Report the Accident

You must establish a connection between your slip-and-fall injuries and the location of the accident in order to recover damages.

You must immediately report your injury to your supervisor. New York law mandates that you provide your employer with a written report of your injuries within 30 days. The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board requires your employer to report the incident to the Board and the employer’s insurance carrier within ten days of being notified of the accident. Under New York law, failing to report an accident is considered a misdemeanour.

Even if you ultimately suspect that your employer is not responsible for your injuries, you must still file a written accident report. The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in New York is three years from the date of the accident, so you will need to be able to refer to a document that was created around the time of the accident.

Seek Medical Treatment 

The law of New York permits you to seek medical care from a provider of your choosing. However, unless it is an emergency, the provider must be authorised by the Workers’ Compensation Board. Keep all original medical records and comply with your physician’s instructions.

File a Claim 

You may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim, a third-party personal injury claim, or both if you slip and fall at work.

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system that provides medical benefits and partial wage replacement to employees injured on the job. Nearly all New York City employers are required by law to maintain this insurance.

You must follow procedural guidelines to recover compensation, but you are not required to prove that your employer was negligent. You lose the right to sue your employer, however. However, if someone else caused your accident, you may still be able to file a third-party personal injury claim against them.

In certain circumstances, a third party may be responsible for your injuries and legally obligated to compensate you for them.

Examples of situations in which a third party may be liable for your slip-and-fall injuries:

  • The property owner where you were working was negligent and caused the accident.
  • Your accident was caused by a defective product, such as a rug or piece of equipment that leaked.

If a third party is responsible for your accident, you may seek compensation for all of your damages, which may include:

  • All present, past, and future medical expenses associated with your injury
  • The total amount of lost wages
  • Any diminution in your long-term earning potential
  • distress and suffering
  • Embarrassment and scarring
  • mental agony and emotional suffering
  • Loss of life’s pleasure

To recover compensation, you must demonstrate that a third party’s negligence caused the accident that resulted in your slip and fall.

Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm

Contact Abrams Law Group for a free consultation if you’ve been hurt in an accident and require legal assistance.

Abrams Law Group
104-70 Queens Boulevard, Suite 502
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 997-9797

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