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Staten Island Workers' Compensation Law Blog

A successful claim may not be in your best interests

If you are familiar at all with workers' compensation, you probably know that it is often a very simple process: you suffer an injury on the job, you alert your employer, your employer informs the insurance company and you receive a payout unless your claim was denied. Claims are not denied very often, but if it does happen, you may need to take additional measures in order to recover the compensation that you deserve. Even if your claim is not denied, you may still wish to consult an attorney.

Should I sue my employer if I was injured at work?

Lawsuits are a fairly popular option for individuals who have suffered an injury or wrongdoing due to another party's recklessness or negligence, and with good reason. Nobody should have to pay for injuries or negative issues that they could not have avoided, and the fault should lie squarely on the person in the wrong, both legally and morally. Generally, workers' compensation benefits mean that workers are not able to sue their employers, but there are certain exceptions to this rule.

Helping construction workers maximize their benefits

Many of the world's most iconic structures call the Big Apple their home; the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler building, the Empire State Building. All of these man-made marvels create a degree of awe for onlookers, and thousands of tourists visit New York City every year just to see these buildings, take pictures and send postcards. Even though everyone knows that the structures had to be created by someone, it is not a thought that often occupies our mind.

Relief from black lung disease

The health and wellness of American workers is of the utmost importance, which is why there are many legal provisions in place to ensure that workers who are injured or fall ill on the job are taken care of. In most instances, this comes in the form of workers' compensation benefits offered by an employer, but there are other federal workers' compensation programs that exist as well. One such notable program is established under the Black Lung Benefits Act.

Helping New York residents prove occupational illnesses

For most people, workers' compensation is a benefit that they will hopefully never have to take advantage of, and which will only be needed in the event of a tragic and unexpected injury caused by accident, negligence or lack of safety features. This is why workers' compensation is so important for employees who work around large machinery, such as construction workers or factory workers. There are far more health concerns than bruises suffered from falling objects, and depending on your industry, you may be suffering from something that will plague you for the rest of your life.

How long after a work injury can I file a claim?

Workers' compensation benefits are extremely important for New York workers. From construction workers atop the city's high skyscrapers to the office workers who inhabit those skyscrapers, every worker is at risk of suffering an injury while on the job. Some injuries may be minor, and others may be life threatening, but you should always be aware of your options for recovering compensation thanks to workers' comp benefits.

Helping New York workers maximize their compensation

If you have suffered an injury on the job, you may or may not know that you can recover compensation for your injuries thanks to workers' compensation benefits. It is important, however, to closely analyze the circumstances of your accident and seek out legal aid to help you ensure that you are receiving the compensation that you deserve. Without thoroughly investigating the accident, your injuries and the legal possibilities, you could be settling for less than you deserve.

Take construction site safety into your own hands

For construction workers, safety is a commodity. All too many construction jobs involve extremely dangerous circumstances, and sometimes even though workers try to be as safe as possible, it simply is not enough. One misstep or moment of distraction could send a construction worker plummeting multiple stories down an elevator shaft. It has happened before in New York City.

Legal assistance with all kinds of occupational illnesses

Asbestos has gained a significant amount of infamy in the past few years because of the significant risks they pose to the health and wellness of those who work around them. It is a proven fact that continued exposure to asbestos can lead to lung cancer and other types of illnesses. Because of this, asbestos has become somewhat of a buzzword for workers' compensation cases seeking to make use of benefits.

What is the going and coming rule?

If you are familiar with workers' compensation, you have likely been surprised at least once by how many types of injuries or circumstances are covered by workers' compensation. Being injured at a skating rink during a company party could qualify you for workers' compensation, for example. Generally speaking, any injury suffered during job-related activities or on behalf of your job is compensable. However, this is not the case for commuting.

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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