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Pennsylvania slip and falls: Did you slip at work?

Last week, we discussed slip and falls that happen in nursing homes. This blog post will discuss what happens when someone is injured in a slip-and-fall accident at work.

Generally, Pennsylvania workers' compensation covers accidents that happen at work. You are eligible for workers' compensation if you can show that you were employed at the time of your injury, that your injury occurred while you were working and that your injury was related to your employment.

Can you bring a personal injury claim?

Unfortunately, you will not be able to sue your employer or a coworker in addition to your workers' compensation suit, even if the employer or coworker was careless or negligent. Workers' compensation covers workplace injuries as a "no fault" benefit.

If, however, your slip-and-fall accident was caused by a third party, you can bring a third party personal injury claim against that person. For example, if your job involves walking outdoors and you slip and fall on someone else's property, you may have both a workers' compensation claim against your employer and a third party premises liability claim against the property owner. The first claim would involve the workers' compensation system, while the premises liability claim would be handled in civil court.

Causes of work-related slip-and-fall accidents

Some common causes of on-the-job slip and falls include:

  • Wet surfaces, such as water on a grocery store floor
  • Icy sidewalks
  • Objects in work hallways
  • Loose wires and cords
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Damaged sidewalks
  • Defective products

No matter what the cause, you can benefit from seeking the help of a Pennsylvania attorney with experience in both personal injury and workers' compensation.

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