A Louisiana woman recently filed a complaint against Tyson Foods Inc. after suffering injuries at a poultry processing plant. According to the complaint, she was working on the rooftop of the plant when she stepped in a puddle of water. The woman slipped, fell, and suffered a fracture. She claims that the fracture required surgical intervention and hospitalization for five days.
The woman accuses Tyson Foods Inc. of failure to supervise employees and failure to warn of the hazard on the roof. She is seeking a jury trial and damages, plus interest, court costs and other reasonable relief.
Slip-and-Fall Injuries in the Workplace
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), over 20 percent of on-the-job injuries are slip-and-falls. Most of these injuries are soft tissue injuries, such as sprains, contusions, abrasions, gashes and burns. Some, though, are hard injuries, including traumatic brain injury, disk herniations, broken bones, amputations and severe burns.
The most common causes of slip-and-fall injuries are spilled liquids, broken flooring, lack of warning signs, poor lighting, broken or uneven stairs and exposed cables.
When you suffer injuries from a slip-and-fall at work, generally speaking, you will have to seek recovery through workers’ compensation. These benefits can include payment of your medical bills, any out-of-pocket expenses and a portion of your missed wages. However, some work injuries lead to third-party personal injury claims. These third-party claims name defendants other than the employer who have committed negligence leading to injury. However, to have a legitimate third-party claim, the worker must provide proof that someone other than the employer committed negligence.
If you suffer injury in a workplace slip-and-fall accident, a workers’ compensation attorney can help you plan your best course of action moving forward.