Winter is upon us and we are hearing about potential winter weather this weekend. Winter weather undoubtedly causes work injuries. That’s fact.
Most of the work injuries we see from winter weather are exactly what you would expect . . . slip and falls. Slip and falls in parking lots, off the back of trucks, off warehouse docks, etc . . no matter how, these slip and falls cause a wide variety of work-related injuries in Pennsylvania. Back injuries, neck injuries, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, and concussions are the most common. They can range from simple injuries that last a day to a week, to serious injuries that require surgery and cause an injured workers to be out of work for months.
The best to prepare youself and avoid these type of injuries is to scope out the areas you will be walking in advance. Look for icy spots and avoid them. Another way to avoid weather related injuries is to slow down. Take your time traveling building to building or from the dock to the truck. Rushing is what causes many slip and fall injuries. Finally, make sure you have the proper footwear for the winter conditions.
If you slip and fall at work and suffer an injury, follow these three steps.
- Immediately notify your supervisor. Describe where and how you fell and ask for an incident report.
- Immediately seek medical attention. Waiting can worsen your condition and causes skepticism form your employer.
- Call Mooney law to get your rights and benefits protected. Call at 833-MOONEYLAW or 717-200-HELP to schedule an absolutely FREE CONSULTATION.
Do not trust your employer and workers compensation insurance carrier. I’ve heard that way too many times and by the time clients get to see me, their case is a mess. Call right away. It’s free! Mooney Law is your LOCAL representation, is trusted, experienced, and proven.