Around one million people have to go to the emergency room each year in the U.S. because of slip and fall accidents. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), when these types of accidents occur on the job, they often cause significant injuries and are the primary reason that people have to miss work. Additionally, slips and fall accidents cause 11 percent of job-related fatalities faced by men and five percent of workplace deaths for women.
If you are suffering from an injury related to a workplace slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. If your employer or an insurance company is disputing your workers’ comp claim after a worksite slip and fall accident, contact a knowledgeable workplace slip and fall accident lawyer to discuss your legal rights. Our legal team at Joye Law Firm is ready to help you fight for full benefits after a worksite accident. Joye Law Firm was founded more than 50 years ago to help hardworking people throughout South Carolina receive just compensation after serious accidents.
Although every case is unique and compensation awards depend on the details of your specific accident, Joye Law Firm has a track record of helping clients recover significant workers’ comp settlements. As testimonials from our past clients demonstrate, our attorneys are dedicated to helping injured workers achieve the best possible results for their cases and providing responsive service to clients.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace slip-and-fall accident, contact Joye Law Firm right away to review your worksite slip and fall claim. We’re available to meet with you at one of our four conveniently located offices in South Carolina, including North Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Clinton. We’re also happy to meet virtually or send someone to your home or preferred meeting place.
South Carolina Slip and Fall Accidents on the Job
Some of the most common types of on-the-job slip and fall accidents include:
- Parking lot accidents
- Slipping on wet, icy, or other slick surfaces
- Falling on the same level
- Escalator and elevator accidents
- Falling off of a platform, chair, scaffolding, ladder, roof, or other elevated areas
- Tripping on a damaged surface
- Sidewalk accidents
- Falling over merchandise or obstacles in a walkway
- Construction site accidents
If you are suffering from an injury after any type of workplace slip and fall accident, then you might be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Under South Carolina’s workers’ comp laws, most employers with four or more employees must maintain workers’ compensation insurance to cover their employees in the event of a workplace injury. Workers’ compensation benefits cover:
Benefits typically pay for any medical treatment you need to recover from a work-related injury, including prescriptions, surgery, prosthetic devices, medical supplies, and hospitalization. This includes reimbursement for travel to the doctor or a pharmacy if these facilities are more than ten miles from your home.
If you must miss at least seven days of work because of your injury, then you can receive weekly checks reimbursing 66 2/3 percent of your average weekly wage while you are recovering from the accident. The payments should continue until your doctor says you are able to go back to work.
Disability or Disfigurement
If the accident leaves you with a significant scar or disability, then you may be entitled to additional compensation.
Under South Carolina workers’ compensation law, employers are generally shielded from being sued by their employees over workplace injuries. However, in cases where another party, such as an equipment manufacturer or contracting group, was responsible for the workplace accident, you may have a right to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for damages. A knowledgeable workplace injury lawyer at Joye Law can evaluate your worksite accident, discuss your legal options, and help you with all the details of your claim.