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November 2015 Archives

Loss of sight or hearing could mean more compensation

Obviously, any type of injury suffered due to work-related functions or activities is unfortunate, which is why workers' compensation exists. Individuals who strain their backs doing heavy lifting, for example, should not then be left to fend for themselves when they can no longer do their jobs because of injuries they suffered while doing their jobs. Like many injuries, there are varying degrees of severity when it comes to on-the-job injuries. Among the most severe are loss of use injuries.

Workplace illness claims can be hard to prove

If you are familiar with workers' compensation law, you likely know that workers' compensation benefits are relatively easy to recover compared to many other types of compensation. Generally speaking, these benefits are provided by insurers who are being paid by your employer, and these payments are specifically designed to ensure that injured workers get the care and assistance that they need in the event of an accident. Much like how health insurance makes it easier and cheaper for you to afford health care, workers' compensation is designed to make recovery from workplace injuries easier.

Do workers' compensation claims have statutes of limitations?

The concept of a statute of limitations is fairly common knowledge for most people. Even if someone is not aware of exactly what the statute of limitations for any given legal issue is, the fact that a statute may exist is not lost on most people. Criminal acts such as drug possession or homicide have statutes of limitations, and personal injuries such as car accidents also have statutes of limitations. However, did you know that workers' compensation claims have them too?

Workplace injuries are not always physical

When it comes to adverse health effects suffered on the job, there are many different issues that an individual may suffer. Depending on the occupation, a worker may suffer repetitive stress injuries, blunt force trauma from a falling object or even a disease from exposure to hazardous materials or toxic chemicals. These are perhaps the most common types of injuries that a person may suffer on the job, but there are some issues that can be just as serious: psychological issues.

Construction site fatalities in New York are increasing

No matter what part of the country you are in, chances are that there are construction workers who are risking their lives every day in order to complete a project. Due to the nature of construction work, the possibility of suffering an injury on the job is extremely high. Construction workers have always faced significant dangers in their daily work, but due to a significant increase of construction happening in New York, construction worker injuries are becoming more common.

Success Stories

  • A 43 year old ironworker who fell four stories and sustained injuries to his ankle while installing a staircase settled his claim for $1,500,000.00. The accident was due to the failure of the building owner and general contractor to provide a safe place to work.
  • A construction worker operating an asphalt roller settled his case for $525,000.00 when the edge of the roadway he was paving collapsed into a trench being dug by a subcontractor causing him to sustain injuries to his leg.
  • A 54 year old commuter settled his case against the NYCTA for $1,200,000.00. when he tripped and fell on a subway platform due to the pavement being in disrepair, causing him to fall forward and to strike his head on a train pulling into the station.
  • The estate of a 64 year old woman received a settlement of $425,000.00 after she was struck and killed by a speeding tractor trailer while crossing the street at the intersection of Richmond Terrace and Port Richmond Avenue.
  • A $1,200,000.00 settlement was reached on behalf of a 54 year old man from Staten Island, New York, who, while in the course of his employment as a bus driver, was rear-ended on the Garden State Parkway and caused to suffer injuries to his back and neck as well as a fractured rib and fractured pelvis.
  • A 47-year-old building superintendent who sustained injuries to his head and right side of his body due to a tripping hazard at his job site received a settlement of $300,000.00 from the electrical company performing work at the site.
  • A 43 year old construction worker was caused to sustain injuries to his back, shoulder and hand when the elevator he was riding malfunctioned and dropped 8 floors. He received $350,000.00 in the settlement of his claim against the building owner, maintenance company and elevator company.
  • The administrator of the estate of a 69 year old man who suffered stage four pressure sores while a patient at a Queens nursing home settled the case for $400,000.00 after the man died.
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