Please note: To protect your safety in response to the threats of COVID-19, we are offering our clients the ability to meet with us in person, via telephone or through video conferencing. Please call our office to discuss your options.

The Legal Representation You Need, The Experience You Can Trust

5 jobs that are most prone to slip and fall injury

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of workplace injuries in America. In fact, more than one million people go to the emergency room for these injuries each year.

While anyone can experience slip and fall, some professions face a higher risk due to the nature of their work environment. The consequences can range from lost wages to permanent disability, so knowing about the dangers of these jobs can be helpful.

High-risk professions

Here are the jobs that are most closely associated with dangerous falls:

  • Construction workers: Uneven surfaces, debris and heights significantly increase the risk of falls.
  • Healthcare workers: Spills, wet floors and rushing to attend to patients can create slippery situations for nurses, doctors and other staff.
  • Restaurant and hospitality workers: Food and drink spills, along with greasy floors in kitchens, pose a constant threat for slips and falls.
  • Retail workers: Wet floors from mopping, product spills and carrying heavy items can lead to accidents in stores and supermarkets.
  • Janitorial and maintenance staff: Working with cleaning solutions and navigating wet floors puts janitorial staff at risk.

When slip and fall injury happens in the workplace, injured workers can often recover damages through a workers’ compensation claim. This is also applicable even if your job is not one of the most injury-prone.

Legal and financial support for the injured

The good news is North Carolina follows a workers’ compensation system. This means that if you suffer a slip and fall injury at work, you are entitled to medical benefits and compensation for lost wages, regardless of who caused the accident. It may be in your best interest to consult an experienced lawyer who can advise you on how to proceed with your claim.