A Long Island Rail Road track worker was hospitalized after falling onto the tracks and electrocuting his leg on the third rail, reported the New York Post (3.10.14). The worker suffered serious burns, but had no non-life-threatening injuries. The accident occurred on the Cooper Street tracks in Babylon, New York.
According to authorities, the track worker fell onto the tracks a little after 10:30 a.m.
The accident follows the death of another MTA employee who died earlier the same day after being hit by a Metro-North train just before 1:00 a.m. in East Harlem. In the earlier accident, the Metro-North Railroad employee was fixing tracks when the Hudson Line train struck him.
Both incidents are under investigation by Metro-North and the MTA Police Department, according to authorities.
Workers’ Comp for workers injured or killed in the workplace
Both workers’ are eligible for workers’ compensation. If an employee is injured in a New York workplace accident or develops a work-related illness or disability, he or she is entitled to receive benefits. New York workers’ comp laws are designed to help an injured worker with medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation coverage and more. In the event of a worker’s death from a work-related injury or illness, a spouse, children, and-or other dependents may receive worker’s compensation benefits.
New York workers’ compensation benefits may not be denied even if the worker is found to be at fault or have had pre-existing conditions.
Many injured employees who are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits may also be eligible for compensation in a lawsuit against a third party. This claim or lawsuit may help workers’ recover additional compensation for their pain and suffering in addition to any workers’ compensation benefits. A negligent third party can be a subcontractor or any other individual or business that is not the injured worker’s employer. Often, third-party liability cannot be established without the help of a lawyer who understands the intricacies of New York’s workers’ compensation laws and employs workplace safety experts, medical experts and others to conduct investigations and develop cases.
Workplace injuries and New York workers’ compensation
The workers’ compensation law ensures that employees generally receive payment from workers’ compensation without regard to fault as long as the injury, illness or disability was related to work. However, the legal process can sometimes prove to be long and confusing. Lawyers at The Perecman Firm can make the process smoother and simpler for an injured worker or the spouse or dependents of a deceased worker, helping to ensure that injured workers and/or their families receive all the benefits and compensation they deserve. Firm lawyers also have experience with third-party negligence claims.