"One of the best decisions I had ever made"
- Joseph Lugo
Family and friends of Bob White hosted a fundraiser for him April 6 at the Ridgeway Fire Hall in Medina, New York.
White was sent to the intensive care trauma unit at the Erie County Medical Center. A plate and rods were inserted on both sides of his spine during surgery. Around five months later, he left the hospital with a permanently rigid back. His recovery took a backward turn in mid-August when he suffered five grand mal seizures. White is now paralyzed from his diaphragm down and requires 24-hour care. The areas of his body where he still has feeling give him constant pain, reported The Journal Register in Medina, New York.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will help with the purchase of a conversion van with a wheelchair lift to make it easier for White to get to his many doctor, occupational therapy and physical therapy appointments. He also simply wants to go for a ride, said The Journal Register.
Whether or not White was receiving workers’ compensation for his injuries was unreported.
Workers’ compensation benefits in New York can pay for medical bills from procedures including surgery, diagnosis, rehabilitation expenses, medication, and other medical care needed. Workers injured in the course and scope of their jobs are also entitled to specific workers’ compensation benefits, including lost wages. Benefits can also be paid to dependants of those who died in a work accident.
However, only victims of on-the-job injuries can qualify for compensation and receive benefits for their losses under New York State law. A worker seriously injured while working on a personal project having nothing to do with furthering the business interests of an employer will be denied workers’ compensation benefits.
The task White was doing at the time of his scaffold fall was not reported by The Journal Register
Workers’ compensation benefits can provide help needed in coping with injuries, medical treatment, and financial damage for workers who are injured on the job.
Workers will benefit from speaking with a lawyer experienced in workers’ comp cases anytime a serious injury occurs while at work. Some accidents allow the injured individual to sue a third party, including a product manufacturer, land owner or someone other than the employer who contributed to the injury. For workers injured in New York, a lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the New York workers’ comp system can also help ensure that injured workers receive the maximum benefits possible.
It’s also worth noting that New York has special laws that offer added protection to workers at a construction site and other certain employees.
If a claim is denied or not compensated adequately, a lawyer can help with the decision to file a written application to appeal the judge’s decision.
For more than 30 years, New York construction accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm have aggressively helped injured workers and/or their families obtain fair and full workers’ compensation following workplace accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm today!