Falls from heights are a common type of construction accidents on projects involving scaffolding or roof work, but they can happen in other circumstances, as well. Some workers who are frequently injured in falls from heights include:
- Home inspectors
- Painters and decorators
- Agricultural workers
- Window cleaners
- Maintenance and repair workers
- Outdoor workers near cliffs, pits and steep ground
In addition, employees who don't normally work at height may still have to go up on a roof or balcony for a one-off task that isn't part of their usual job duties. Situations like this can be especially dangerous if the worker isn't properly trained in safety at height, or if the employer lacks proper equipment and safety protocols.
You have rights, and we can help
A fall from height can result in long-term, disabling injuries such as brain and spinal cord injuries. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) nationwide. Even more minor injuries like broken bones can keep you out of work for weeks or months. Falling from a height is also a traumatic experience that can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological injuries.
By law, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits if your fall happened on the job. This covers 100 percent of your reasonable and necessary medical treatment for your injuries, as well as partial replacement of lost wages if you are unable to work or need to take a "light duty" position with lower pay. If the accident involved a negligent third party - for example, if your fall occurred on another business' property, or if defective safety equipment caused your fall - then you also have the right to pursue a third-party claim for additional compensation.
The first step, after you report the injury and seek medical help, is to contact us. The work accident attorneys at Schweickert & Ganassin, LLP have extensive experience representing injured workers throughout northern Illinois. We will fight for the full compensation you deserve while you focus on what really matters: getting better. Schedule your free consultation with us today.