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.

Just recently, a construction worker was injured while performing duties on the Staten Island Expressway. According to reports of the incident, his toes were injured after being rolled on by a piece of steel equipment. The worker was wearing protective footwear, but he was still taken to a nearby medical center.

While the extent of his injuries aren’t known at this time, this worker could face medical bills to treat his injury and may even be unable to return to work for a time. It’s important to remember that, while the severity of a worker’s injuries is taken into account when deciding workers’ comp benefits, you can be compensated for even minor injuries. The most important thing in a workers’ comp claim is whether or not the injury was directly related to a workplace factor.

Even though New York law has placed caps on the benefits that injured workers can receive, you can still take steps to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Enlisting the aid of legal assistance can help you prove the severity of your injuries, which will determine the cap of your benefits.

Source: Silive, “Construction worker suffers foot injury on Staten Island Expressway,” Eddie Danna, Sep. 11, 2014