Falls are one of the most frequently seen accidents in the workplace, across several different types of industries. Falls are usually moderate to severe, and can lead to debilitating injuries and even death. Here are some of the more common injuries that result from work-related falls, such as from roofs or scaffolding, and how to get the workers’ compensation benefits you need if you’ve been injured by a fall at work.
Head injuries and brain injuries are serious and happen often in a fall, especially if the worker has fallen head first. The head injury may be open or closed, and there may or may not be a loss of consciousness. If there is, the longer the worker remains unconscious, the more severe the brain injury is. Even mild concussions can result from falls and can cause debilitating symptoms.
Broken bones are typically seen in falls from moderate to significant heights, but can occur in falls from shorter heights. What treatment is required depends greatly on how the bone was broken, such as whether it was a fracture, a clean break, or the bone was shattered. Shattered bones and some fractures may require surgery, while a clean break will usually heal on its own when placed in a cast for a number of weeks.
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are also common in falls where workers fall feet first or if they land on their back. Broken discs in the back may bruise or pierce the spinal cord, causing serious and life-changing problems. Workers who suffered a spinal cord injury from a fall may have chronic pain and numbness in their extremities, or if the injury was more severe and the spinal cord was severed, the worker may be paralyzed from the point of the injury down.
When to Contact an Attorney
While it is possible to file for workers’ compensation without the help of an attorney, it may not be in your best interest, especially if you were severely injured by a fall. An attorney can assist you in ensuring your paperwork is completed properly and you have the appropriate evidence to back up your injury claim.
Contact the Wanko Law Firm, LLC today to discuss your case and to learn more about how to successfully obtain the benefits you need to pay for medical expenses and lost wages relating to the accident. Call now at (985) 893-6530.