New York Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
An on-the-job injury can leave you unable to work and facing major medical costs and expenses. The laws in New York ensure that you receive payment of your bills, lost wages and disability benefits through workers’ compensation. However, employers and insurance companies sometimes fail to provide injured workers with the benefits they are entitled to.
If you or a loved one suffered a work injury and you want help getting the benefits you deserve, contact The Perecman Firm today. Our experienced New York workers’ compensation lawyers will help with claim and benefits disputes to pursue the full amount of compensation you deserve after a work injury.
Work Injuries and New York Workers’ Compensation Laws
Under the NY workers’ compensation laws, essentially every employee who suffers an injury in the course of performing work is entitled to benefits. Injured employees can make a workers’ compensation claim based on:
An injury on a job site such as a fall or an accident with equipment
An injury from an accident off-site while performing required work duties, such as a car accident while running required errands for your boss
A repetitive stress or overexertion injury developed as a result of work tasks
Cancer, mesothelioma, lead poisoning or any illness sustained due to exposure to toxins or chemicals while on the job
Negligence is not a factor with workers’ compensation in New York, so it is not relevant if your employer made mistakes or followed OSHA regulations. It also doesn’t matter if you made mistakes that led to your injury; a workers’ compensation claim can still be made. The laws are designed this way to provide broad protection and ensure that no worker is left bankrupt or without necessary treatment for a work-related injury.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Although New York workers’ compensation benefits ensure that workers are taken care of, the available compensation for workers is not as extensive as in a traditional personal injury case. Workers cannot sue their employers for an injury, but must recover through the workers’ compensation system. The benefits that a worker (or family) may obtain include:
Payment of all medical bills
Payment of lost wages
Temporary total disability benefits
Temporary partial disability benefits if you are restricted to a lighter-duty and lower-paying job
Permanent total or partial disability benefits
Wrongful death benefits
To obtain compensation for pain and suffering and other losses traditionally available in a personal injury claim, you will need to consider whether there were any negligent third parties who could be sued for a work injury. A New York workers’ compensation lawyer can help you make that determination.
Speak with a New York Workers’ Compensation Attorney
After you have sustained a work injury, you should simply be able to report the injury to your employer and begin receiving benefits. Unfortunately, sometimes legitimate claims are denied, workers are pressured to return back to work before they are ready, or disputes arise over medical bills or the extent of a worker’s disability.
If you or a loved one is being denied any of the benefits that you deserve, a New York workers’ compensation attorney at The Perecman Firm can help you pursue a claim to get what you are entitled to. Our attorneys have been representing injured victims since 1979 and have been recognized as Super Lawyers and top advocates for injured victims. We are here to assist with your work injury case, so give us a call or contact us online today.