Workers Compensation Lawyer

We can help after you have been injured on-the-job accident!

As an employee or contractor of a company in New York, it is likely that you are covered under workers’ compensation if you are injured on the job. It acts as a form of insurance, both for workers and employers, in that it protects the employees from the financial impacts of an injury, but it equally covers the employer for being sued for the injury.

The benefits of workers’ compensation include medical coverage, rehabilitation, and lost wages. Since workers’ compensation is a state-mandated insurance program, state governments typically require employers to register through an insurer. However, just because employers must register for these programs, that does not mean they will not try to fight or even deny your compensation claim. Insurance companies handling these claims will do their best to keep costs to a minimum, which could mean trying to invalidate your injury claim or limiting your potential for compensation.

If you have been injured at work, contact the team at 1.800.HURT.511 today to learn about how we can help you through this process. We offer a free case evaluation so that we can make the best recommendation for you about which personal injury attorney to work with in order to maximize your chances of a successful outcome. Reach out to us as soon as possible to begin this process immediately, and read more about workers compensation below to get a better idea of how an attorney can help you

Examples of Common Workplace Injuries and Accidents

Repetitive Stress Injuries

Not all injuries happen in an instant. Some injuries can be gradually sustained over time through repetitive movements or motions. Damage to muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments are common for employees who perform the same task repeatedly throughout the day. These injuries are common for individuals who work on computers, on assembly lines, or with machinery. Proper posture and regular breaks can help alleviate symptoms and injuries

Work-Related Car Accidents

Not all injuries happen in an instant. Some injuries can be gradually sustained over time through repetitive movements or motions. Damage to muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments are common for employees who perform the same task repeatedly throughout the day. These injuries are common for individuals who work on computers, on assembly lines, or with machinery. Proper posture and regular breaks can help alleviate symptoms and injuries

Electrocution Accidents​

While electrocution accidents usually occur on construction sites, any worker who comes into contact with power lines, exposed wires, or extension cords must take proper care to ensure their own safety and the safety of those around them. Injuries sustained as a result of electrocution can cause serious and even fatal injuries.​

Construction Accidents

First and foremost on the list are construction sites. As soon as you step foot onto a construction site, your risk of an accident or injury significantly increases. Working on a construction site increases the risk of exposure to accident and injury risks. Not only are construction sites inherently dangerous, but there are a significant number of other factors that can endanger someone working in such an environment. If safety precautions are not followed, injuries such as burns, falls, head injuries, broken bones, and more can result. In New York, it is not uncommon for construction workers to fall from unstable scaffolding. It is imperative to be on high alert and follow all safety procedures when on construction sites.​

Machinery Accidents

Machinery accidents, which can occur as a result of improper training, defective equipment, or failure to follow safety procedures, can be serious and life-threatening. Working with machinery requires extensive training and a variety of safety requirements that everyone involved in the work must be familiar with in order to maximize the safety of all involved.

Heavy Lifting Injuries​

Heavy lifting injuries are common in construction, but can also occur in industries such as retail and office jobs where heavy lifting is uncommon. In industries like these, employees may not be aware of proper protocol and posture for heavy lifting and are therefore at risk of injury because of improper training.

Frequently Asked Questions About New York Workers Compensation

  1. Report your injury to your manager/boss/supervisor immediately.
  2. Call 911 or request to see your doctor.
  3. Complete a workers’ compensation claim form.

 

Until you report your injury, complete and submit a claim form,  your employer is not obligated to provide benefits. Do NOT make the mistake of waiting until the injury becomes more painful or unbearable to report the injury.

Remember: the sooner you report and submit your claim, the sooner it is possible to receive compensation while you are unable to work.

Generally, you’re entitled to four basic benefits:

  1. Medical treatment – The insurance company covers the bills for all treatment required to cure or alleviate the effects of the injury (within reason).
  2. Disability payments – If you are temporarily unable to work you are entitled to some amount of compensation for lost wages.
  3. Permanent disability settlement – If the injury causes you to be permanently impaired, you are entitled to compensation based on the significance of the disability.
  4. Vocational rehabilitation – If you are unable to return to your previous job, you are entitled to assistance in finding new employment.

Contrary to popular belief, your benefits will not be paid by New York State but will be paid by the insurance company that your employer uses for this coverage. These insurance companies will generally work in the best interest of the employer (as well as their own financial best interests) and will try to pay out as little compensation as possible. This is why it is so important to have an aggressive lawyer fighting for you.

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If you have been injured, we understand that you are dealing with mounting stress over bills and expenses, as well as lost wages and uncertainty about what comes next. We hope that the above information is helpful, but the best way to understand how to move forward from these injuries is by contacting us as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.

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