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Staten Island Workers' Compensation Law Blog

The benefits of a workers' compensation attorney

The vast majority of employers in the country, including in New York, are legally required to provide workers' compensation benefits and coverage to their employees. This often means that workers who are injured on the job can recover compensation for their injuries simply by informing their employer and taking advantage of the benefits that they already have. In many cases, your employer's insurance company will cover your medical expenses without much difficulty.

Office workers can suffer job-related injuries too

When it comes to workers' compensation, construction workers might seem like the most likely to need such benefits. However, it is important to remember that you do not have to be a construction worker in order to recover workers' compensation. Any injury that is suffered on the job or as a result of job-related duties could qualify you for workers' compensation benefits, even if you work in a seemingly safe office environment.

Construction worker fatality leads to conflicting accusations

It is no secret that construction workers face some of the most dangerous occupational hazards of any profession, and unfortunately, we in New York were reminded of this just a few months ago when a worker at a New York construction site was fatally wounded. According to reports, a construction worker was killed when a collapsed wall fell upon him. Even worse, both the supervisor and employing company appear to have known about the dangers of the project, even as they sent the worker into the area.

Legal assistance can help you with your workers' comp claim

If you are familiar with workers' compensation, you may be aware that workers' compensation is insurance that is paid for by your employer. Similar to car insurance, when something goes wrong, you can be reasonably certain that the insurance company will do what it can to help you. In fact, many workers' compensation claims are relatively easily handled, allowing injured workers to recover compensation. So why do you need legal aid?

What if I can't go back to work after an injury?

Many people are aware of the positive benefits made available by workers' compensation, specifically the financial assistance that insurance provides in the event of an on the job injury. What you may not know is that in some cases, you are entitled to more than just monetary compensation, which can be extremely important if you find yourself unable to return to work.

The scope of injury in construction sites

While our firm practices all kinds of workers' compensation claims, we also have expertise in handling accidents or injuries of construction workers. If you are not familiar with the construction industry, or even if you are familiar but have never suffered an injury, you may wonder why this particular area receives so much focus. The truth is that, believe it or not, construction workers face some of the highest risks of severe injuries.

Helping New York workers recover compensation for illness

For most workers' compensation claims, the aid of an attorney is more of a safeguard than a necessity, because your employer's insurance will generally be willing to pay out if a claim is made. Some injuries may occur under questionable circumstances, and you may need legal aid to help you prove the validity of your claim, but in most instances, legal assistance will simply allow you to better understand your rights and the amount to which you are entitled. However, with workplace illnesses, legal aid is often a necessity.

What is the going and coming rule?

People are often surprised by just how many different circumstances are covered by workers' compensation benefits. Its more than just accidents or injuries that occur while on the job. Certain other injuries that are job-related can also be covered, even including things like work-related parties. Except for commutes and a few other instances, if you suffered an injury while doing anything related to your job, you could recover compensation.

 

Workers' comp illnesses can affect timeline

For every type of civil and criminal case brought before the courts, there is a time period known as a statute of limitations by which legal action must be taken. Failure to take legal action within the allotted time can make it much more difficult or even impossible to recover any damages or compensation, no matter how valid your claim may be.

Injured on the job? We can help.

Whether you realize it or not, your job comes with some level of risk for physical injury. Even if you work a desk job that requires you to sit in a cubical all day, you could develop chronic back or neck pain if your chair is not ergonomic, or if your posture is not consistently perfect. However, there are some jobs that simply carry a greater risk of injury than others. Accidents happen all the time in the workplace, and if such an accident occurs in one of these higher-risk jobs, the results could be devastating.

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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