Carpenter Eugene Rakow, 58, was working on a neighbor’s decking when he shot himself with a nail gun. The spike punctured his chest wall and missed his coronary artery by just 2mm, reported Fox News (10.3.13). Attorney at Law David Perecman can empathize with Rakow’s need for help paying the bills. The self-employed worker underwent open-heart surgery to remove the nail, but did not have health insurance.
Rakow’s daughter set up a Paypal account for donations to pay the medical bills, said Fox News.
“Medical debt following an accident is a cause of financial struggle for many people I’ve worked with on cases ranging from personal injury and auto accidents to workers’ compensation,” said Perecman.
According to CNBC (6.25.13), medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy filings in the U.S.
Employees who are covered by workers’ compensation may have their doctor and hospital bills covered by workers’ compensation. Workers not covered may include independent contractors or the self-employed. For those not covered by workers’ comp, a lawsuit against negligent parties may provide the medical coverage an injured worker needs to pay the bills. A personal injury claim may also result in the compensation a worker needs to cover the medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages suffered in a workplace injury.
“Businesses or people found to be liable for causing the plaintiff’s injuries will typically need to pay for the injured party’s medical expenses,” said Perecman.
For more than 30 years, the construction accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped injured workers and-or their families obtain compensation following construction accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.