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Workers’ Compensation For Registered Nurses

Medical assistants, nurses, and transportation workers in the healthcare sector play a crucial role in the running of a hospital. Often, they are the first ones to report for duty and are the last ones to leave. They work for extended hours caring for those who need medical attention. However, they too can get injured in the process. Healthcare professionals who are prone to work-related injuries include medical assistants, nursing staff, nursing home aid workers, hospital patient transportation workers, PT/OT and physical therapist aides and EMT and paramedics.

There are many ways in which a healthcare professional can get injured at the workplace. Healthcare workers have to reposition, lift, and shift patients, and with more and more patients being obese, the chances of a worker getting injured are high. A large number of healthcare workers get musculoskeletal disorders and injuries at a rate higher than that even in the mining and construction industries.

Slips and falls are common types of injuries suffered by healthcare workers. Grease, water, and spilled fluids can cause a worker to slip and lose balance. Falls often cause disabling injuries that may have life-changing consequences. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare professionals are 90 percent more prone to injuries from slips, trips, and falls compared to workers in any other industry. It is the second largest cause of injury, ranking next only to overexertion induced injuries.

As for any employee who is injured on the job or develops a work-related illness, workers’ compensation may provide benefits that pay for medical expenses and lost wages. It is important to know that you cannot be fired or discriminated against for filing a workers’ compensation claim based on your hospital injury. General rules require you to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. Although your employer cannot claim you were negligent and responsible for your own injury, depending on the status of your employment, the hospital may argue that you are an independent contractor and not covered by workers’ compensation or that your injury was not work-related.

Patients suffering from dementia or the side effects of medications may become violent and attack their caregivers. Nurses are frequently the victims of assault. Because of these hazards, you may suffer from serious injuries including, but not limited to, sprains, strains, broken bones, infections, and open wounds. These injuries and illnesses will require medical treatment and time away from work. Because the incident that caused the injury occurred at work, you should receive workers’ comp benefits to cover your losses.

The New York workers’ comp board or your self-insured employer may look for any excuse to deny your workers’ comp claim and assume that you will back down and accept whatever decision they make. You have too much at stake to do this.

In some cases, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier may employ a nurse case manager to assist the injured worker with these tasks.  It is important that the injured worker understands his or her rights during the workers’ compensation process and the limits of the nurse case manager’s role.

The majority of nurse case managers are registered nurses, and they act as a medical case worker. They may, with the patient’s permission, attend doctors’ and hospital appointments and communicate with the patient and the authorized physician about the patient’s treatment.

A nurse case manager is responsible for helping an injured worker to obtain the medical care that he or she needs; serving as a liaison between all parties involved in the workers’ compensation claim, including doctors, the injured worker, the employer and the insurance company; providing information to an insurance adjuster regarding doctors’ visits and treatment authorization.

At HURT-511, our personal injury lawyers help injured workers recover the benefits to which they are entitled by law. For a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, call us toll-free at 800-4878-511 or complete our online form. Our firm handles accident and injury claims throughout all five boroughs of New York.

HURT-511 operates in all boroughs of New York including all Bronx neighborhoods, namely: Bedford Park, Belmont, Fordham, Highbridge, Hunts Point, Jerome Park, Kingsbridge, Morris Park, Morrisania, Mott Haven, Parkchester, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Throgs Neck, University Heights

Overexertion-related Injuries In Health Workers

One might think that American hospitals would be among the safest work sites in the country. Indeed, with all of those healthcare professionals milling around all day, one would expect safety to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Perhaps it is, but statistics don’t fib. According to information recently released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), almost 58,000 work-related injuries occurred in 2013, the last year for which such data is complete. That amounts to 6.4 work-related injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time employees, a rate that is twice as high as the overall rate for private industry.

Overexertion appears to be one of the primary issues. Statistics indicate that almost half of all work-related injuries in the healthcare industry were linked to overexertion. Particularly alarming, healthcare workers are almost four times more likely to sustain injury as a result of violence than the average employee in the private sector.

People in New York, and elsewhere, depend on their medical providers to look out for their health and well-being. Unfortunately, however, medical errors commonly happen, putting patients at risk. In fact, U.S. News & World Report LP, reports that over 200,000 people die each year as a result of preventable medical mistakes. However, there are some things that patients can do to help protect themselves.

One of the most common types of errors that result in patient injuries are medication-related mistakes. In order to prevent these types of errors, it may be helpful for patients to ensure that all of their doctors know about all of the medications that they are taking. Furthermore, they should ensure that their health care providers know about any adverse reactions or allergies that they have had to medications. People should not be afraid to ask questions to ensure they know what they are taking, for how long they will be on it and what the potential side effects are.

For a hospital employee, one of the main causes of injuries is moving patients. For example, on a daily basis, you have to lift patients from gurneys, help them in and out of beds, and move them from room to room in wheelchairs. One of the reasons for this problem is that the same safe-lifting techniques used in other industries, such as lifting heavy objects, are not adequate to help hospital workers safely pick up and move people.

Evidence-based research has shown that safe patient handling interventions can significantly reduce overexertion injuries by replacing manual patient handling with safer methods. Mechanical equipment is now available that can lift and move patients, so that healthcare workers can avoid using manual exertions.

This results in fewer injuries. It also results in maximizing the safety and comfort of patients during handling. On a daily basis, the men and women who work within the health care industry must perform a variety of physical tasks that put them at risk of suffering injury. For many, tasks involved with assisting, moving and lifting patients takes a tremendous physical toll at puts healthcare workers like nurses at an increased risk of suffering injuries to the neck, back and extremities.

At HURT-511, our personal injury lawyers help injured workers recover the benefits to which they are entitled by law. For a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, call us toll-free at 800-4878-511 or complete our online form. Our firm handles accident and injury claims throughout all five boroughs of New York.

HURT-511 operates in all boroughs of New York including all Bronx neighborhoods, namely: Bedford Park, Belmont, Fordham, Highbridge, Hunts Point, Jerome Park, Kingsbridge, Morris Park, Morrisania, Mott Haven, Parkchester, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Throgs Neck, University Heights

Job-related Repetitive Stress Injuries

Chronic “work-related” hand and upper-extremity disorders have stimulated contentious medicolegal debate. The role of the hand surgeon in this debate is to ensure that every effort is made to institute appropriate evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of the patient. In doing so, it is important to recognize factors both in the workplace and out of it that may con- tribute to patients’ upper-extremity complaints.

Apportioning weight to the multiple factors that influence the development of repetitive strain injury (RSI) or cumulative trauma disorder (CTD) is difficult and further complicated by the complexity of healthcare insurance plans. RSI and CTD comprise a multifactorial problem that is resistant to treatment unless all of the individual, psychosocial, and physical factors are addressed.

A number of terms, including RSI, have been used to describe mechanisms for injuries and disorders and are not themselves diagnostic entities. In fact, condensing all of these disorders under the term RSI or CTD has contributed to the confusion rather than assisted in clarification of this problem. Upper-extremity disorders can be caused by repetitive movements, occupational or otherwise, and abnormal postures or static positions, occupational or otherwise.

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) and cumulative trauma disorder (CTD) are 2 of several terms used to describe a group of activity-related soft-tissue injuries that include tendonitis, forearm myalgia, and nerve entrapment syndromes, among other conditions. The area affected by RSI and CTD may be only the upper limbs, may include the neck and upper back, or may encompass the lower back and lower limbs as well. RSIs and CTDs represent an important burden arising from both sport- and work-related activity, the latter generating considerable societal and employer costs through workers’ compensation claims.

There is considerable evidence from the organizational behavior and industrial psychology literature that work reorganization can reduce psychological demands. Yet, even among those with RSIs or CTDs, secondary prevention activities designed to correct risky conditions may be very restricted in terms of coverage.

Research findings like presented here must be complemented with rigorous evidence on the effectiveness of workplace and regulatory interventions to persuade company and union officials and government policymakers to reduce the burden of work-related RSI, CTD, and work-related musculoskeletal disorders. If you suspect that you’re developing an RSI and it’s starting to impede your ability to work at full capacity, you do not want to put off getting it checked out. Delaying treatment will only make matters worse and it could wind up causing irreparable damage.

At HURT-511, our personal injury lawyers help injured workers recover the benefits to which they are entitled by law. For a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, call us toll-free at 800-4878-511 or complete our online form. Our firm handles accident and injury claims throughout all five boroughs of New York.

HURT-511 operates in all boroughs of New York including all Bronx neighborhoods, namely: Bedford Park, Belmont, Fordham, Highbridge, Hunts Point, Jerome Park, Kingsbridge, Morris Park, Morrisania, Mott Haven, Parkchester, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Throgs Neck, University Heights

Warehouse Workers & Musculoskeletal Disorders

Major national vendors deliver thousands of packages to consumers across the country every day. Customers expect to be able to place an order and have their package delivered within a day or two. For the warehouse workers responsible for preparing these packages, this can involve a great deal of lifting, bending, twisting, and running for up to 12 hours a day. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health surveyed Amazon employees at a Staten Island warehouse and found that the intense work pace is causing workers to develop musculoskeletal disorders.

According to some of the employees surveyed, they are expected to package approximately four online orders per minute. If they stop working for even a moment, it has a negative impact on their performance evaluations. Of the roughly 145 Amazon warehouse employees surveyed, 66 percent said that they felt physical pain while performing their regular work duties, and 42 percent said that they felt pain outside of work. Over 25 percent of workers said that they felt pain in their feet, and almost as many said that they felt pain in their lower back and knees. Unfortunately, it is likely that these injuries will only get worse now that Amazon offers free one-day shipping to Prime customers.

One worker described his warehouse work as a full-body workout all day, every day. Constant bending, squatting, twisting, and lifting can cause injuries to the joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and tendons as a result of repetitive strain and exertion. In 2016, Amazon was fined $7,000 for failing to report two dozen worker injuries. In a brief written by the U.S Occupational Safety & Hazards Administration, Amazon exposed workers to a range of injuries related to repeated bending at the waist, overexertion, and standing for up to 10 hours without a break. In some cases, they were forced to work mandatory overtime shifts as well.

These are not the only safety complaints that have been lodged against Amazon. In fact, because of its poor warehouse conditions, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health named Amazon as among the most dangerous places to work. The report stated that Amazon had injury rates that were higher- than-average and did not address employee safety concerns. According to the president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which is assisting some Amazon workers with unionizing, as two-day Prime shipping becomes more widespread, workers will be expected to fill 200 to 300 orders per hour in a 12-hour shift. This pace can be exhausting and increase the risk of serious workplace injuries.

Remember, each case is unique, so contact HURT-511 for more information on workers’ comp statute and our personal injury lawyers help injured workers recover the benefits to which they are entitled by law. For a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, call us toll-free at 800-4878-511 or complete our online form. Our firm handles accident and injury claims throughout all five boroughs of New York.

HURT-511 operates in all boroughs of New York including all Bronx neighborhoods, namely: Bedford Park, Belmont, Fordham, Highbridge, Hunts Point, Jerome Park, Kingsbridge, Morris Park, Morrisania, Mott Haven, Parkchester, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Throgs Neck, University Heights and Woodlawn.

Compensation for Repetitive Stress Injuries

Unlike other states that mandate workers use a company doctor for work-related injuries and conditions, New York statutes afford workers the right to use a doctor of their choice for their work injuries. However, when you go to the doctor, tell him/her about your work tasks that likely contributed to the injury so that he/she will document the work-related nature of your condition.

The first thing you’ll need to do is tell your employer. OHSA requires that employers identify and correct hazards such as those that lead to RSIs. Your employer cannot try to change and fix the job conditions if it isn’t aware of your injuries or that your job duties are causing a problem. So be open with your employer and tell your supervisor or HR manager about your symptoms. If your condition is work-related, it may be compensable under workers’ compensation laws. But, you’ll need to inform your employer and file a workers’ compensation claim in a timely manner so that all of your doctor’s appointments and treatments will be covered.

Unfortunately, finding a doctor who is competent to diagnose and treat RSI can be a challenge. Some doctors doubt the existence of RSI, and many others dismiss it as an insignificant problem. Some doctors don’t know the first thing about treatment, while others encourage their patients to undergo unnecessary (and possibly dangerous) surgery in hope of a quick fix. With that in mind, know that you must be careful and selective when choosing a physician.

Repetitive stress or repetitive motion is commonly seen in assembly line workers often perform the same task over and over again, which can cause the tissues to wear out. Tissue damage may cause significant pain, loss of use of muscle, and other health problems. Then there is exposure to harmful substances coming in contact with inhaling certain hazardous chemicals can cause serious injuries to workers in the manufacturing industry. Contact with equipment and objects is seen in factory workers who tend to suffer severe injuries including loss of limbs and crush injuries by getting caught in between or coming in contact with heavy equipment.

Some injuries are a result of machinery accidents, but continuous exposure to hazardous materials such as chemicals, plastics, metal, glass, and other similar substances can also cause illness. Failure to enforce safety codes and regulations also contribute to assembly line accidents. Negligent operation and machinery malfunctions are also a common cause of injuries. Lack of safety training also plays a major role in causing assembly line injuries.

At HURT-511, our personal injury lawyers help injured workers recover the benefits to which they are entitled by law. For a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, call us toll-free at 800-4878-511 or complete our online form. Our firm handles accident and injury claims throughout all five boroughs of New York.

HURT-511 operates in all boroughs of New York including all Bronx neighborhoods, namely: Bedford Park, Belmont, Fordham, Highbridge, Hunts Point, Jerome Park, Kingsbridge, Morris Park, Morrisania, Mott Haven, Parkchester, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Throgs Neck, University Heights

Recovering Compensation for Lost Wages

If you were injured in a car accident, or some other accident caused by another person’s negligence, you will likely be eligible for financial compensation, even if your employer pays you for the missed days of work. Typically, compensation covers the costs of medical treatment, hospitalizations, and prescription medications. It also covers lost wages, which is the money you lose if the injury causes you to miss days of work. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may miss days, weeks, or months of work. In some cases, a serious injury can impact your ability to work in the future. A skilled car accident lawyer will walk you through every step of the claims process and ensure that you receive the maximum financial benefits to which you are entitled.

Injuries involving broken bones, contusions, sprains, and strains may cause you to miss several days of work for follow-up treatments, doctor’s appointments, and physical therapy. If you do not get paid days off, this can cause serious financial difficulties. To secure compensation for past lost wages, you must prove that your missed days of work were caused by your injury. You can do this by obtaining medical records from your physician and providing copies of pay stubs and income documents from the days of work missed.

Injuries that are more severe may impact your ability to work in the future. Calculating future lost wages can be tricky because it is based on the amount of money you would lose in the future, and sometimes the future is unclear. Essentially, you will need to establish the difference between the value of your services before and after your injury. To collect compensation for future wage loss, you must be able to prove that the injury is permanent and has diminished your earning capacity. You will need to provide evidence that indicates your future earning potential had you not been injured. Evidence may include the following:

Testimony from medical experts about whether a full recovery is possible, and what your capabilities and limitations may be if a full recovery is unlikely. Medical evidence that shows how your injuries will likely impact your ability to carry out your job responsibilities. Input from an expert financial professional about what your income could have been if you were not injured, and what you can expect to earn considering your physical and/or cognitive limitations resulting from the injury.

When it comes to injury claims and lawsuits, most states have laws that say the injured person is entitled to reimbursement for income they lose while recovering from their injuries. If you’re out of work due to injury, you’ll need a “work slip” or other written proof from your medical provider showing the dates you’re unable to work. Lost income includes all wages, benefits, and perks that are included in a worker’s “total compensation package.” You have the right to demand reimbursement for lost income from your base pay, and the financial value of other benefits you rely on from your employer.

Lost income claims may include base pay, overtime, sick and vacation days, bonuses and commissions as well as retirement fund contributions. Think about any other types of benefits you receive from your employer that you lost because you were out of work after an injury. The at-fault party, or their insurance company, should reimburse you for your total lost income.

Remember, each case is unique, so contact HURT-511 for more information on workers’ comp statute and our personal injury lawyers help injured workers recover the benefits to which they are entitled by law. For a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, call us toll-free at 800-4878-511 or complete our online form. Our firm handles accident and injury claims throughout all five boroughs of New York.

HURT-511 operates in all boroughs of New York including all Bronx neighborhoods, namely: Bedford Park, Belmont, Fordham, Highbridge, Hunts Point, Jerome Park, Kingsbridge, Morris Park, Morrisania, Mott Haven, Parkchester, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Throgs Neck, University Heights and Woodlawn.

Work Injury Hazards During Winter

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), outdoor work environments pose a variety of work injury hazards. The specific hazards vary depending on the type of work being done, geography, and season. Work injury risks also depend on the lengths of time each worker is exposed to outdoor cold temperatures, snow, wind and rain. It is important for workers to understand their work conditions in order to effectively identify and prevent work injury or occupational illness.

In winter, one of the biggest risks for outdoor workers is exposure to extreme cold. Working in cold weather conditions puts the worker at risk of developing cold stress. Even in regions like ours, the Greater Seattle area, where extreme freezing temperatures and snow events occur infrequently, near freezing temperatures can cause cold stress.

Cold stress occurs when heat rapidly leaves the body. Usually, this happens due to a combination of very low temperatures and general increase in cold air flow, like wind. Cold stress can lead to serious health problems including hypothermia, frostbite, trench foot, and chilblains.

Hypothermia is when the body loses heat faster than it makes heat. The body uses its stored energy and results in abnormally low body temperature. In turn, a person experiencing Hypothermia might have hard time thinking clearly or moving effectively. Normally, a person suffering from Hypothermia won’t know it’s happening, and can’t do anything about it.

Frostbite is when a part of the body is injured by being frozen. Here, when the body part freezes, it may lose color and feeling. It may also sustain permanent damage from tissue damage. When a tissue damage occurs, the injured person may be in need for amputation. Body parts susceptible to frost bite include the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, and toes. If you are working outside, make sure you dress properly, and wear warn protective gear. Improperly dressed workers are at an increased risk for developing frostbite.

Trench foot happens when one foot or both feet are exposed to wet and cold conditions for an extended time. If your feet are constantly wet, it’s important to know that trench foot can even happen at temperatures as high as sixty degrees. That’s because wet feet lose heat twenty-five times faster than when they are dry. To prevent heat loss, the body constricts blood vessels to shut down circulation in the feet. As a result, the body deprives the tissue of necessary oxygen and nutrients, and then the tissue dies. If you are working in cold and wet weather, it’s extremely important to wear proper footwear to prevent this kind of work injury.

Another cold weather danger for workers in our area is the risk of cold-water immersion. Workers who are immersed in cold water will likely develop immersion hypothermia. While it’s like regular hypothermia, immersion hypothermia sets in more quickly because water causes heat to leave the body much faster than air. Immersion hypothermia can occur in any water below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter months, we see a real increase in water immersion work injuries in Washington State. Lake Washington is currently only 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Similarly, Lake Sammamish is only 45 degrees Fahrenheit. In comparison, Elliott Bay water temperatures range between 57 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. For reference, Hood Canal ranges from 55 to 63 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remember, each case is unique, so contact HURT-511 for more information on workers’ comp statute and our personal injury lawyers help injured workers recover the benefits to which they are entitled by law. For a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, call us toll-free at 800-4878-511 or complete our online form. Our firm handles accident and injury claims throughout all five boroughs of New York.

HURT-511 operates in all boroughs of New York including all Bronx neighborhoods, namely: Bedford Park, Belmont, Fordham, Highbridge, Hunts Point, Jerome Park, Kingsbridge, Morris Park, Morrisania, Mott Haven, Parkchester, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Throgs Neck, University Heights and Woodlawn.

Workers’ Compensation for Drivers

In New York, workers’ compensation laws are in place to ensure that every employee who suffers an injury during the course of their work receives benefits to cover their losses. In order to make a claim under these laws, the injuries must have occurred as a result of off-site work related tasks or operations while on a job site. If you are a commercial truck driver injured on the job, you may qualify for benefits under your employer’s coverage. Workers’ compensation laws are created and administered at the state level, and it is a specialized area of personal injury law.

Injured truck drivers should act quickly since claims could be denied if not filed in time. It is important to file a workers’ compensation claim as soon after the accident as possible because failure to timely file this type of claim can result in your claim being denied outright. In New York, the law states an employee should report a work-related injury to the supervisor within 45 calendar days of the date of the injury or date that a doctor first tells an employee the injury is related to work.

Workers’ compensation claims in New York also have a specific statute of limitation, often one calendar year from the date of injury or last voluntary payment made by the insurance company on the employee’s behalf. Timely filing a claim is critical, as treatment for common injuries such as ligament tears, herniated discs, and broken bones can be costly if they must be paid out-of-pocket.

It normally does not matter who was at fault for an accident when filing a workers’ compensation claim. It typically operates as a “no-fault” system, meaning the employee must only show that he or she got hurt in the course and scope of employment. For example, if you were making a delivery and driving on your typical route when your car began to skid on ice and then crashed, your claim should be covered. However, if you had taken a detour to run a personal errand, it may not be covered.

In most states, it’s the law to call the police after an accident involving injury to persons or property. When you call the police, their officers should investigate the crash and issue a police report to document important information such as the parties involved, witnesses, insurance, property damage, tag numbers, VIN numbers, and the like. Even if you only exchanged information with the other driver at the scene, you should consider reporting the accident to the police so that they will issue a police report.

No matter how an accident occurred, it is important to conduct a thorough investigation. If it turns out a third party’s negligence contributed to your injury, you could simultaneously assert a third party claim against that individual or entity while you recover workers’ compensation benefits.

At HURT-511, our personal injury lawyers help injured workers recover the benefits to which they are entitled by law. For a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, call us toll-free at 800-4878-511 or complete our online form. Our firm handles accident and injury claims throughout all five boroughs of New York.

HURT-511 operates in all boroughs of New York including all Bronx neighborhoods, namely: Bedford Park, Belmont, Fordham, Highbridge, Hunts Point, Jerome Park, Kingsbridge, Morris Park, Morrisania, Mott Haven, Parkchester, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Throgs Neck, University Heights

Benefits for Injured Drivers

Getting injured at work can leave you with extensive medical bills and reduced ability to work. In New York, laws are in place to make sure you are able to pay these bills, recover lost wages, and obtain disability benefits if returning to work isn’t possible.

An accident with another vehicle can be catastrophic, not to mention stressful. Being involved in a wreck can affect your life in a split second. Consider medical bills, missing work, your damaged car – not to mention the physical injuries you may suffer. The chances of serious injury can increase with the presence of an 18-wheeler truck or big rig. The average sedan weighs between 3,500-4,000 pounds. The average 18-wheeler, on the other hand, weighs 80,000 pounds.  In a car vs. 18-wheeler crash, the smaller car normally bears the brunt of the impact.

Whether you are covered by workers’ compensation or not can depend on your employment status. Independent contractors may not be covered. If you are an owner/operator, you may have occupational insurance, which differs from workers’ compensation administered at the state level.

If you are covered by your employer’s policy, you can be covered for injuries that occur in the course and scope of employment. The most common example is a truck accident, which could be a single car accident or multi-vehicle pileup. You could also assert a claim if you get hurt after a slip and fall, either on the truck or someone else’s property.

Workers’ compensation laws generally cover three forms of damages – medical benefits, wage benefits, and disability benefits. Medical benefits cover treatment related to the accident, such as doctor bills, physical therapy, and prescriptions. In order for your medical treatment to be covered, it must be approved through workers’ compensation.

Wage benefits compensate the injured worker for a designated portion of his or her average weekly pay. For these benefits to be awarded, a doctor will take the employee off of work. Total disability benefits can be awarded if an injury becomes permanent. The way an injured truck driver can know whether the injury is permanent is if the authorized treating physician gives an anatomical impairment rating.

An accident with another vehicle can be catastrophic, not to mention stressful. Being involved in a wreck can affect your life in a split second. Consider medical bills, missing work, your damaged car – not to mention the physical injuries you may suffer. The chances of serious injury can increase with the presence of an 18-wheeler truck or big rig. The average sedan weighs between 3,500-4,000 pounds. The average 18-wheeler, on the other hand, weighs 80,000 pounds.  In a car vs. 18-wheeler crash, the smaller car normally bears the brunt of the impact.

At HURT-511, our personal injury lawyers help injured workers recover the benefits to which they are entitled by law. For a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, call us toll-free at 800-4878-511 or complete our online form. Our firm handles accident and injury claims throughout all five boroughs of New York.

HURT-511 operates in all boroughs of New York including all Bronx neighborhoods, namely: Bedford Park, Belmont, Fordham, Highbridge, Hunts Point, Jerome Park, Kingsbridge, Morris Park, Morrisania, Mott Haven, Parkchester, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Throgs Neck, University Heights and Woodlawn.

What To Do After Colliding With A Truck

If you’ve driven next to a commercial truck or have seen a big truck crash into car, you may be worried what would happen if you had the misfortune of being such a collision. You’re not alone in your concerns. Injuries in an 18-wheeler crash can range in severity. You may suffer whiplash or forms of soreness, tightness, or stiffness. Severe crashes can lead to broken bones, disabling conditions, or even death.

If you feel pain after a truck accident, you should have a licensed medical professional assess your condition. Seeking prompt treatment can help you recover as quickly as possible. Depending on what the doctor sees, you may need to be referred to a specialist, such as an orthopedic doctor for disc injuries or neurologist for headaches or head injuries.  Without medical records documenting your symptoms and condition, it can become difficult to prove they are causally related to the wreck.

Immediately after the accident, police must be present at the scene. In most states, like New York, the law requires police to be called after an accident the culminates in any type of personal injury or property damage. The police will acquire statements from the involved parties and will need photos, and statements of any witness that may still be on the scene. Often, witnesses are left off of a police report, so if you’ve taken care to document the names of witnesses, your attorney can contact them for alternate version of events.

It is always beneficial to secure as much evidence as possible after a crash involving a semi-truck, so document as much as possible including witness information, pictures of the vehicles, pictures of your injuries, and any other relevant information. If you’ve sustained suffered visible bruising or skin tears photograph those areas immediately.

Assuming you can prove the other driver caused the accident, the focus shifts to damages. While most people injured in truck accidents simply wish they could turn back time to where the wreck never happened in the first place, we know that’s not possible. Instead, the form of recovery is monetary damages.

If you are hurt in a truck accident, you can recover compensatory damages designed to make you whole. Included in these damages are reimbursement for medical bills, prescriptions, medical devices like crutches, lost wages, property damage (car repairs, total loss, etc.), and out of pocket expenses. If you suffered a traumatic injury, your attorney may need to consult with expert witnesses to document future losses, such as medical bills and lost earnings.

Your disability settlement may be given to you in a lump sum. This is a one-time payment meant to cover treatment and lost time working. While it is a predetermined amount, you could instead receive the amount in installments, such as weekly or monthly payments. While the exact amount varies, you will most likely receive about two-thirds of your salary before your shoulder injury. Some states put a limit on how long you can receive workers’ compensation payments. For example, in New York, you can receive it for up to 525 weeks if you have lost all your earning capacity.

At HURT-511, our personal injury lawyers help injured workers recover the benefits to which they are entitled by law. For a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, call us toll-free at 800-4878-511 or complete our online form. Our firm handles accident and injury claims throughout all five boroughs of New York.

HURT-511 operates in all boroughs of New York including all Bronx neighborhoods, namely: Bedford Park, Belmont, Fordham, Highbridge, Hunts Point, Jerome Park, Kingsbridge, Morris Park, Morrisania, Mott Haven, Parkchester, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Throgs Neck, University Heights and Woodlawn.

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