Falls from catwalks, scaffolding, ladders, and other high places can be fatal or cause severe injuries. The victims of these accidents or their surviving family members deserve financial compensation for the medical expenses their loved ones face as well as compensation for the wages their loved one will miss because of an on-the-job fall.
Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, fights for workers who have been injured in falling accidents and fights to get them the workers’ compensation benefits they need. Our Fayetteville workers’ compensation lawyer for falls from heights may be able to help you file your case or appeal any denials to get you and your family the workers’ comp. benefits you need. To schedule a free legal consultation on your case, contact our law offices today at (479) 316-0438.
Common Types of Workplace Fall Accidents
Falling down can be one of the most unexpected causes of injury. In many jobs, workers’ are concerned with the risks from tools and machinery, electrocution, or falling materials and debris, and we forget about the risks of falling from high heights.
Falls from ladders can be especially dangerous and negligent if there was no one spotting a worker when the injury occurred. Many ladders are not as secure or safe as they look, and performing tasks on top of an unstable ladder can increase the chance of a fall. Many people climb ladders day in and day out at work, but any time you climb a ladder, you should have someone spot you and hold the ladder rather than trusting your balance or experience to keep you safe.
The same kinds of risks are also present for people climbing scaffolding or using lifts, “cherry pickers,” and other aerial work platforms to reach high locations. Workers on these contraptions also face increased risk of injury if their coworker operating the lift was not properly trained or came to work too tired, drunk, or drugged to perform their work duties safely.
Falls from high heights can also occur for line workers and other workers who are often required to reach high places. Harnesses and other safety gear are important for workers who climb to high places or who must clip on to safety lines while walking in high locations, and any problems with this equipment could be fatal.
Workers’ Compensation for Falls from High Places
If you or a loved one fell from a high place at work, you could suffer serious injuries and pain from the accident. In many cases, broken bones, back and spine injuries, and traumatic brain injuries are common. These injuries can leave victims permanently disabled and make it difficult for them to continue working to support their families. Workers’ compensation may be the best way to get coverage for your injuries.
Workers’ compensation is designed to pay injured workers 66% of their previous wage in addition to full coverage for medical expenses related to the accident. As long as the injury was work-related, workers’ compensation should be required to cover the injuries and medical care. Unlike taking your employer to court in a lawsuit, you can receive workman’s comp. without proving that your employer had a hand in causing the accident.
The workers’ compensation benefits you receive will depend on the severity of your injury. Some injuries are part of a “schedule,” meaning that certain injuries will yield a certain number of weeks of lost wage benefits in addition to the medical coverage. Other injuries, such as severe disabilities, may count as “permanent” injuries and justify ongoing benefits for the rest of the injured workers’ life.
The family members of workers who are killed in an accident can also claim workers’ comp. benefits to help support their families. Death benefits are paid to these families to help cover end-of-life medical care as well as ongoing lost wages after a loved one’s death. Benefits for permanent disabilities might also be converted to death benefits if your loved one dies as a result of their disability while receiving workers’ compensation. Talk to an attorney about how much your case is worth and what benefits you might be entitled to.
Call Our Fayetteville Workers’ Compensation Lawyer for Falling Injuries
Falls from heights can cause serious damage to the human body and may even kill victims of these kinds of accidents. If you or a loved one was injured, or if a loved one was killed in an accident involving a fall from heights, contact Fayetteville fall from heights workers’ comp. lawyer Ken Kieklak today. In Arkansas, Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law works to get medical benefits and lost wage benefits for injured workers and their families by helping them file workers’ compensation claims and fighting any denials through the appeals process. To schedule a free legal consultation on your falling injury workers’ comp. case, contact our law offices today at (479) 316-0438.