Slip and Fall Attorney
A slip and fall can be dangerous at any time, but it can be especially hazardous in an industrial setting.
If someone in your family has suffered a catastrophic injury because of a workplace slip and fall accident, contact the Shelton Law Firm.
Slip and fall lawyer Michael E. Shelton represents injured workers around the country from his offices in Houston, TX.
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Trips, slips, and falls can all have serious consequences for industrial workers. Head injuries, broken bones, and muscle strains can all result in missed work and lost wages, as well as significant medical expenses.
Houston slip and fall attorney Michael E. Shelton represents a wide range of clients, including construction and industrial workers. His time as a journeyman pipefitter gives him a unique perspective on industrial accidents.
To learn more about pursuing a lawsuit after a work-related slip and fall accident, contact our Houston office online or call us at (713) 807-0700 so we can schedule your free case evaluation today.
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Do You Have a Slip and Fall Case?
Slip and fall law is a subset of premises liability law and governs cases in which a slip, trip, or fall caused by dangerous conditions results in an injury. Slip and fall cases are often brought against negligent property owners, but employers can also be held responsible for slip and fall injuries. Your employer is obligated to provide a reasonably safe working environment free of hazards that can cause an accident, such as:
- Spilled liquids or food
- Objects on the stairs
- Broken floor tiles
- Uneven steps
- Dim lighting
- Missing handrails
- Exposed cables
- Unsteady ladders
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict regulations in place intended to prevent falls and other accidents in the workplace. When employers or property owners fail to meet these regulations and an accident results, they could be held responsible for your injuries.
Consequences of a Work-Related Fall
According to the National Safety Council, falls, slips, and trips contributed to 244,000 workplace injuries in 2019. Falls can result in a wide variety of injuries, from mild muscle strains to permanent paralysis. The most common types of fall injuries include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Neck injuries
- Back and spine injuries
- Injury to internal organs
A serious fall, especially one from an extreme height, can result in severe brain damage. Catastrophic injuries, such as those to the brain or spinal cord, can require years of rehabilitation and medical care, as well as substantial medical expenses. An injury of this magnitude often means that returning to work is no longer an option.
Slip and Fall Accidents Are Common
When to Hire an Attorney
If you are injured due to a slip, trip, or fall in the workplace, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation or even Social Security benefits. However, it is often difficult to obtain the level of coverage you need without the assistance of a slip and fall lawyer or premises liability attorney. This is largely due to the fact that your insurance company or employer may offer you a settlement that is a fraction of what you actually deserve.
It is important to have all contracts reviewed by a legal professional before signing to ensure you are receiving a fair amount of compensation. Houston slip and fall attorney Michael Shelton has handled injury claims for construction and industrial workers for over 40 years. His insider perspective of the industry provides a unique advantage to all his clients. He can review your case and fight on your behalf to help you collect the maximum compensation possible.
Houston slip and fall lawyer Michael E. Shelton works on a contingency basis. That means that he does not collect fees unless you collect compensation. If the Shelton Law Firm does not secure a verdict or settlement for your family, then you won't owe our law firm anything.
Workers' Comp Claims vs. Personal Injury Lawsuits
Did your slip and fall accident occur on the job?
If you were on the clock and performing duties related to your employment when your accident occurred, then a workers' compensation claim may be the best option for you. In some cases, it may be your only option. However, if your accident was not work-related, but was caused by another party's negligence, then a personal injury claim will probably be your best option.
Could a property owner other than your employer be responsible for your accident?
If a property owner's negligence caused you to slip and fall, and that property owner is not your employer, you can file a premises liability lawsuit against that property owner. If the injury occurred while you were working, you may also be able to file a claim with your employer's insurance company. Some victims are able to do both simultaneously, but that is not possible in all cases.
Does your employer have workers' compensation insurance?
Most states require companies to carry workers' compensation insurance. Texas, notably, does not. If your employer has workers' compensation insurance, then filing a workers' compensation claim is usually your only option. Most states prohibit employees from suing their employers after an injury when workers' compensation benefits are available, except under extreme circumstances or cases of third-party liability (such as a poorly designed piece of equipment causing the injury). However, if your employer does not carry workers' compensation insurance, then filing a personal injury lawsuit is probably your best option.
"...He has not once let me down and is very supportive in every way. Because of my injury,I have not been able to work but Mr. Shelton has made sure to help my family financially until my case is over. He always keeps me informed, and is always ahead of the game." Jaime, Former Client