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December 2014 Archives

Utilizing workers' comp benefits for workplace illness

Workers’ compensation can be a strange or mysterious concept. Even for those who have heard of workers’ compensation, it may be surprising to learn just how many things are covered by workers’ compensation benefits. More than just accidental injuries suffered on the job, employees can also be compensated for illnesses that have been caused by work-related factors such as exposure to dangerous chemicals or hazardous substances that can cause illness. Unfortunately, these factors are not at all foreign to many who work in and around New York City.

Do I have the right to a safe workplace?

Being injured or falling ill because of work can be a very frightening occurrence for some. The fear of having to pay for unexpected medical bills, combined with the inability to earn wages, can be very stressful and thus become a detriment to your recovery. Fortunately for those who are injured at work, there are programs in place to take care of them. Understanding your rights might alleviate some of your fears regarding workplace accidents.

New York construction worker killed in workplace accident

A New York construction worker was killed in a tragic accident at a car dealership recently when part of a concrete ceiling collapsed and buried him under debris. Partitions of the Staten Island building’s interior were being demolished, which likely contributed to the building’s weakened structural integrity. The victim was working with three others, all of whom were able to escape without suffering serious injuries. Perhaps most notable about this incident is the construction company behind the project: Formica Construction Inc.

New York's workers' compensation costs compared to other states

The costs that go into providing workers’ compensation benefits may not seem important to many people. After all, employers are legally required to offer workers’ comp benefits to their employees, with a few exceptions, and as long as the workers are able to take advantage of the benefits, you might decide that you don’t care about the costs. However, when you consider that the state with the nation’s highest workers’ comp premium rates has a rate nearly twice as high as the median rate across the entire United States, the disparity becomes notable.

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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