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Scaffold laws protect construction workers

It is nearly impossible to walk down the streets of New York City without seeing a scaffold, and in many instances, pedestrians are walking under the scaffolds even as construction workers walk above them performing repairs. Scaffolds are vital to the upkeep and continued growth of our great city, but they also come with inherent risks. Not only are they high above the ground, bringing with them a risk of falling, but they can also cause injury by collapsing if they are not properly constructed or inspected.

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 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.

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.

Workplace injuries are not always physical

When it comes to adverse health effects suffered on the job, there are many different issues that an individual may suffer. Depending on the occupation, a worker may suffer repetitive stress injuries, blunt force trauma from a falling object or even a disease from exposure to hazardous materials or toxic chemicals. These are perhaps the most common types of injuries that a person may suffer on the job, but there are some issues that can be just as serious: psychological issues.

New York man facing workers' compensation fraud charges

We often talk about how workers' compensation benefits are paid for by employers specifically so that their employees will not have to worry about being left financially ruined if they are injured on the job. This usually means that workers' compensation benefits are not particularly hard to qualify for. Unlike many other injury claims, you do not have to prove that someone was at fault or that any negligence or dangerous property conditions were at play. Instead, you usually need only prove that your injury is real and that it happened while you were on the job.

My workers' compensation claim was denied. What can I do?

There are many good things about workers' compensation: the benefits it provides to injured workers, the sense of security that workers feel knowing they will still have some form of income if they are injured on the job, and more. But perhaps the best thing about workers' compensation is how easy it usually is to recover. Workers' compensation is an expense paid by employers in order to ensure that workers are protected. As such, there are few instances in which workers' compensation claims are denied.

Where can I learn more about workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation benefits are extremely important for workers of all kinds because they act as a kind of insurance for workers that they will not be left financially destitute if they are injured on the job. The good news for workers who are injured on the job is that workers' compensation benefits are generally not difficult to claim or qualify for, because employers value their workers.

Will workers' compensation affect my long-term work options?

Being injured on the job may seem like one of the most frightening and unfortunate circumstances that could befall you, but you should know that it will likely not be as bad as you think. If you are injured in such a way that you are unable to go to work and earn a paycheck, you will likely still have income in the form of workers' compensation benefits.

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