Falls in the workplace are some of the most common kinds of accidents which occur at work. Serious injuries are common, such as spine injuries, broken, fractured bones, and/or head injuries. While workers’ compensation benefits will pay for medical bills, workers’ compensation only provides a portion of lost wages.
Recovering Damages in a Pennsylvania Workplace Fall Accident Lawsuit
Many workplace fall accidents occur due to negligence of others and Pennsylvania law allows an injured worker to make a claim against the responsible parties. For seriously injured workers, these kinds of claims allow for recovery of past and future lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. The number one factor which will determine success of a workplace fall accident case in Pennsylvania is proper and prompt investigation.
Claims in a Workplace Fall Accident Case
In a typical workplace fall accident case, there may be claims against contractors or subcontractors – any business whose negligence led to the accident. For example, in a slip and fall case, there may be a negligent maintenance claim against a cleaning contractor or a negligent supervision claim against a general contractor at a construction site.
In addition, there may be viable product liability claims against manufacturers of products involved in the accident. For example, a ladder accident may have resulted from a defective ladder.
The Importance of Timely Investigation in a Workplace Fall Accident Case
However, timely investigation is crucial to discover and investigate each potential claim. The stronger the evidence, the better the case. The first few days after an accident is the ideal time to develop the evidence, by taking pictures of the accident scene and locate witnesses. Police reports and accident reports often fail to include the identity of all witnesses. The defect or thing which caused the accident may disappear after an accident or may be thrown away. In a products liability case, it is very important to have the product preserved in order to determine how the product failed.
The bottom line is that it is crucial to have a workplace accident investigated immediately. Doing so will better preserve the evidence, which ultimately makes for a stronger case.
More Pennsylvania Workplace Fall Articles:
- Damages Available in a Workplace Fall Accident Case in Pennsylvania or New Jersey
- How to Find the Best Workplace Fall Accident Lawyer for Your PA or NJ Injury Case
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Published: July 27, 2012