New York residents working at jobs involving the risk of a fall may underestimate the consequences of a fall injury. Most people recognize that a fall from a great height, or onto a hard surface like concrete can cause serious injuries, but any fall can cause major damage, and some can even have permanent effects.
Some alarming statistics about falls
Everyone falls now and then, especially in jobs that involve physical activity or manual labor. If you can get up and move around after the fall, you may assume that everything is fine, but this may not always be the case. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 800,000 people are hospitalized each year because of a fall injury. Additionally, falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
Along with brain injuries, falls can cause hip fractures, broken bones, fractures and other serious injuries. Fall victims experience significant physical pain from these types of injuries, as well as high medical costs. Fall victims are also likely to experience mental and emotional affects, including a fear of future falls. This can result in distress over engaging in everyday activities or hobbies that were once enjoyed, particularly hobbies like sports.
A safe working environment decreases the risk of falls
Employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment that minimizes the risk of falls. They also have a legal duty to have a workers’ compensation insurance program for employees who must miss work during their healing and recovery period after a fall or other type of injury.
It is a good idea to see a doctor after a fall, to determine if there are any injuries that are not immediately apparent, or that may become more serious over time. A knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney can help outline legal options and discuss methods of obtaining any necessary compensation.