Staten Island Workman's Compensation
If you fall at work, if you hurt your back while lifting something at work, or if you suffer any other type of injury while working, you may be entitled to receive benefits under New York’s workers’ compensation law. Under the worker’s compensation law, which is sometimes referred to as workman’s compensation, employees who are injured at work, regardless of fault, are entitled to certain benefits through the employer's workers' compensation insurance plan. Benefits include medical expenses and disability payments. In the case of an employee who dies, that employee's family may be entitled to workers' compensation death benefits. In exchange, the injured employee gives up the right to sue his or her employer for negligence. If you were injured at work, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Staten Island workman’s compensation lawyer who has the experience and resources to ensure that you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.New York workers' compensation law
Under New York workers’ compensation law, workers are entitled to compensation if they suffer an injury at work or suffer a work-related illness. The work must occur in the course of working. Thus, if you are injured while you are still at your job site, but after hours when you are no longer on duty, that injury may not be covered by workers’ compensation. Similarly, if you are on duty, but you are injured while goofing around with your co-workers, that injury may not be covered by workers’ compensation insurance.
Under workers’ compensation rules, if an injury is covered, then the worker does not have the right to sue his or her employer for negligence and collect damages.Causes of workplace accidents and injuries
There are many types of workplace accidents that could lead to serious injuries. Here are just a few examples of the common causes of workplace accidents:
- Falls. While falls occur most often at construction sites with workers working on scaffolds, roofs, and uneven, temporary surfaces, they can also happen at any workplace including offices and manufacturing plants.
- Car, truck or motorcycle accidents. Whether your primary job is to drive a vehicle, such as a bus driver, or your job requires you to occasionally drive, if you are injured in a vehicle accident while you were working, you should be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
- Exposure to hazardous substances. Whether your work in a factory, at a construction site, or in a lab, if you are injured from exposure to a noxious substance, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
- Injury from defective or dangerous equipment. If you are injured in an accident involving a dangerous or defective piece of equipment, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
- Illnesses. Work related illnesses are also covered by workers’ compensation such as asthma, cancer caused by exposure to hazardous materials, and contact dermatitis.
If you were injured at work, through workers’ compensation you may be eligible for the following benefits:
- Medical care: Medical care from an approved provider. Prescriptions.
- Weekly cash payments: Weekly cash payments based on your average weekly salary. The amount of the cash benefits is only a percentage of your average weekly salary.
- Vocational counseling.
Although most work-related illnesses and injuries suffered by workers should be covered by workers’ compensation, nearly 50% of workers’ compensation claims are denied.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
Even though the law gives employees the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits if they are injured at work, far too many claims are wrongly denied or unfairly delayed. To ensure that you receive the maximum amount of benefits to which you are entitled as quickly as possible, it is critical that you contact an experienced workers' compensation attorney. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates has experience handling workplace injury cases and workers' compensation claims as well as helping clients pursue social security disability benefits and personal injury claims. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.