While falling at work could result in your workmates laughing at you, it could also result in some serious injuries that could even be life-changing in some instances. The thought of falling tends to bring to mind accidents suffered by characters in comedy shows. However the reality of falling in real life can bring about a very different outcome.
A fall of any kind can mean you suffer injuries to one or more parts of your body. For example you might end up hurting your hands or wrists if you can break your fall. If you cannot do this you could hit your head or hurt your back, neck or hip. There is also the possibility of aggravating a pre-existing injury if you have already been injured or have some kind of medical condition.
What kinds of potential hazards might be present?
There could be all manner of potential hazards present if proper risk assessments have not been done. For example you might trip over computer cables in the office. You might slip and fall on a wet or greasy floor in a factory.
You might fall off a platform while on a building site if that platform is not fit for purpose. You could fall from a loading bay or from the back of a lorry. You could fall down a manhole if you are working in the area and it has not been properly cordoned off for safety.
The wide-ranging potential that exists for suffering a fall in the workplace has led to accidents of this nature for some. Thankfully they are still very rare when considering the millions who go to work each day, but they can potentially occur. This is why many people consider asking for legal advice to see if they can make a compensation claim.
Finding the best way to move forward
Clearly you may require some medical attention if you are injured in a similar manner in your workplace. Depending on the nature of your injury this might mean first aid or it could mean more involved medical attention. The recovery period will also vary depending on how serious the injury was.
In every case though, you may wish to contact Accident Advice Helpline for more no-obligation information. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 to find out whether you could claim on a no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead