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Illness and disease in workers' compensation

Workers’ compensation may seem like a bit of a mystery, but it’s actually quite simple in most instances. The law exists to provide care for those who are injured or suffer an illness as a direct result of performing the functions of their job. Injuries in particular can be simple to prove, but illnesses may give victims pause. After all, if you fall ill, it can be difficult to tell just how much your occupation contributed to the illness.

Construction worker injured in New York

Workers’ compensation exists to take care of workers who are injured or fall ill because of the circumstances of their job and to ensure that they are able to return to work as quickly and healthily as possible. As such, workers’ compensation tends to be most beneficial for people who work in environments where they are more likely to be injured or fall ill, such as construction zones. With heavy machinery and often precarious footing, especially in the high buildings of New York, construction workers run the risk of injury on a daily basis.

Getting the most from your workers' comp benefits

Workers’ compensation has become an extremely common employee benefit, and it has provided a safety cushion for many employees since nearly all work-related injuries qualify for the benefits. Workers’ comp exists to take care of employees who suffer health concerns due to work-related issues, including medical treatment and rehabilitation. However, since employers don’t want to throw money around carelessly, a workers’ compensation claim can still turn into an extensive legal process.

Do you qualify for workers' compensation?

The concern of whether or not your employer offers workers’ compensation is practically a thing of the past, as nearly every employer is required to offer the insurance. However, this leaves a different question that many may be asking if they sustain a workplace injury: whether or not their specific injury is covered. The answer in almost every case is yes. If you suffered an injury that was work-related in any way, be it on company property or in a company vehicle, you likely qualify for workers’ comp.

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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