Every worker has the right to a safe work environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, referred to as OSHA is in charge of making sure employees have a safe working environment. OSHA intent is to see that worker are protected from illness caused unsafe conditions, one time injuries and hazard that may cause death. Employers are required to make sure the conditions of their workplace are safe and meet OSHA requirement.
Some example of workplace injuries that can have long term effects are chemical exposure, back and neck injuries, disfigurement , repetitive stress injuries, and psychological and emotional injuries. The workers compensation system is designed to compensate those who are injured at work. All of these injuries should be cover by workers compensation. It is important that a workers’ compensation claim is handled properly so that the worker will receive the full compensation they deserve and that all medical expenses are covered.
Recently the state of New York has made changes to their workers compensations laws. The state has placed caps on payments based on medical guideline and the severity of the injury. It is important that you document your injury and let your employer know as soon as the injury happens so that you receive the full benefits due you.
If you have suffered a work related illness it is imperative that you contact an attorney who is well versed in Worker Compensation Law. If you live in New York it is important that you contact an attorney who is familiar with recent changes in the state of New York.