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Falling from High Places at Work

Workers in some industries – especially the construction industry – have to work atop ladders and scaffolding during the course of their job duties, which significantly increases the risk of falling. If you are injured in a fall, you might be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim for benefits. 

Fall injuries that a worker sustains while on the job can lead to serious injuries and complications, including back and spinal cord injuries (possibly resulting in paralysis), traumatic head injuries, broken bones, and soft tissue injuries. 

In addition to needing medical treatment after a fall injury, the injured worker might need to take significant time off work in order to recover from his or her injuries. In some instances, the worker might be injured to such an extent that he or she cannot return to work at all – at least in the same occupation. 

If you have suffered a serious fall injury while on the job and during the scope of your employment, the experienced Matthews workers’ compensation lawyers at the Panchenko Law Firm are ready to file a claim on your behalf and help you pursue and recover the benefits that you deserve. Please call us today to find out more about how we can assist you with filing your workers’ compensation claim for benefits. 

Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits You Might be Eligible to Recover after a Fall Injury on the Job

For you to be eligible to pursue and recover workers’ compensation benefits under North Carolina law, you must be able to demonstrate that you were injured while on the job and while working within the scope of your employment. Therefore, to be eligible for these benefits, you must ordinarily have been performing a job duty. In the construction industry, that might mean climbing a ladder, working on scaffolding, or using construction equipment that is high off the ground. Workers’ compensation benefits are also typically available without regard to fault.

If you are able to prove your eligibility for benefits, your employer’s insurer might be required to pay you monetary compensation in the form of benefits. For example, the insurer might cover the costs of all related medical treatment and physical therapy that you underwent following your injury. You might also recover a portion of your lost wages, as well as permanency benefits – in the event you suffered a permanent injury, as determined by a qualified healthcare provider. 

If you are unable to return to the same occupation following the accident and your injuries, you might be eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation and training. Those who are no longer able to return to the workforce can receive disability benefits from workers’ compensation, and you should have a lawyer negotiating this settlement for you. 

Call a Matthews Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today

If you sustained a fall injury while on the job, the legal team at the Panchenko Law Firm is ready to help you pursue a workers’ compensation claim and the benefits that you deserve from your employer’s insurer. For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with an experienced Matthews workers’ compensation attorney, please call us today at (704) 900-7675 or contact us online for more information.   


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