Know your rights: Taking legal action after a fall at work

Falls can happen at any job. From the office worker navigating through hallways and cubicles to the construction worker on top of scaffolding high up in the air, any worker is at risk for a fall. However, what many might not realize is that a fall at work could end up resulting in a personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible for the fall.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health gives us a glimpse into just how real the risk for falls is, citing Bureau of Labor statistics pointing to 212,760 serious injuries in 2009 from workplace falls. That same year, 605 workers also lost their lives in fall-related incidents.

What can workplaces do to try to prevent these falls?

The answer to this question really depends on the workplace. For example, office spaces should be free from clutter with no unstable walking or work surfaces. However, for construction sites, employers must provide and encourage workers to use fall protection properly. Ladders should also always be secure.

In cases where an employer is not providing a safe workplace, or there is a manufacturing defect as it related to safety equipment, the worker who is hurt may have legal recourse available to them. While not all employers in Texas are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage, workers may still be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party.

How can a lawyer help?

Personal injury litigation can be confusing and complex, especially when going up against companies who have their own lawyers trying to protect their own best interests. This is where hiring your own lawyer can come in handy, as it equals the playing field.

Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers represent injured workers. We have experience handling personal injury cases stemming from all types of catastrophic workplace accidents, including those involving falls and non-subscribing employers, meaning employers who do not carry workers’ compensation insurance. We understand there is some fear associated with filing a lawsuit against a third party, but know that your employer cannot retaliate against you for seeking compensation. Rather, this is your right.