Who Is Liable After a Slip and Fall Accident at Work?
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident while on the job, you likely cannot sue your employer. However, you can sue any negligent third party that may have contributed to your accident, and you can do this on top of collecting workers’ compensation benefits from your employer.
If you were injured on the job, don’t hesitate to contact NYC personal injury lawyer Reid B. Wissner at 212-406-9288 to schedule your complimentary consultation. We can help you determine the best course of action to obtain the compensation you deserve.
If your work injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to sue them for damages on top of what you get from workers’ compensation. Your workers’ compensation benefits have a limit, and you cannot directly sue your employer. That does not mean that you can’t sue your coworker, manager, or other party who contributed to the circumstances of your injury.
Workers’ compensation benefits are often not sufficient to cover all of your expenses while you are out of work, especially if you have a family to take care of. A third party lawsuit can help you obtain the extra compensation you need to provide for your family and take enough time off work to fully rest and recover.
Damages that you can obtain from a third party lawsuit include:
- All of your medical bills and prescriptions
- In-home care if needed
- Home modifications if needed
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages if you can prove malicious intent
- Lost wages
Slip and fall accidents at work can be complex, and there may be many potentially liable parties. Reid B. Wissner can help investigate the accident and determine liability.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Injury at Work
The first thing to do if you are injured at work is to report your injury to your supervisor. If it was a particularly severe injury, you will need to go to the hospital. If it was not a catastrophic injury, you should still see a doctor as soon as possible. Your workplace should have a list of approved doctors for you to visit in a clearly visible, easily accessible area.
You should also call personal injury lawyer Reid B. Wissner as soon as possible. He can listen to your case and help determine the best course of action for you. The sooner you call him, the better, as the more time that goes by the harder it will be to pinpoint liability in your case.
Do not accept any insurance settlement offers until you have spoken with Mr. Wissner. Insurance companies are notorious for lowballing settlements, and you don’t want to agree to an amount only to discover later that it doesn’t even cover all of your hospital bills.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident at your work, call 212-406-9288 today to schedule your complimentary consultation. We serve clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and other nearby areas of greater New York City.