New York City Workers' Compensation Lawyers
You Are Entitled to Compensation for Workplace Injuries
Contrary to a popular misconception, filing a workers’ compensation claim is not the equivalent of filing a lawsuit against an employer. Workers’ compensation claims are “no fault” claims, meaning that by filing a claim, you are not implying that your employer did anything wrong. It is every worker’s right to be compensated for on-the-job injuries and losses stemming from that injury. In some cases, however, an injury can be caused by the negligence of an employer or a coworker, or by workplace hazards. And for some employees who file workers’ compensation claims, the actual payments offered are significantly lower than what is deserved or expected by the worker. It is for these reasons, among many others, that a skilled workers’ compensation attorney is an important ally for those who intend to file a workers’ compensation claim. If a person or corporation is responsible for your injury, it is important to take legal action and reclaim lost wages, acquire adequate funds to cover all medical procedures, and receive compensation for any emotional distress.
Injuries in the Workplace
An injury can occur in any sector to any type of worker, from office workers to truck drivers. Common injuries include falls, neck and back injuries, repetitive stress injuries, exposure to toxins, knee injuries, shoulder injuries and eye injuries, to name just a few. Some jobs have higher on-the-job injury and fatality rates than others. Here are some examples of workers who are more likely to suffer workplace injuries in New York:
- Construction Workers
- Commercial Drivers
- Manufacturing Workers (or those who work with heavy equipment)
- Immigrant Workers
After a Workplace Injury
Some preliminary actions must be taken if you’ve been injured at the workplace. Immediate medical attention is, of course, the most important step, but the supervisor on duty should also be notified of the incident, and an accident report should be filed. These steps will provide critical evidence that will prove valuable when the case goes to court. A C-3 form (Employee’s Claim for Compensation Benefits) should be filled out. The New York City work injury lawyers at Kaplan Lawyers PC can help you obtain, complete and file this form. New York State law dictates that you are entitled to all necessary care and, in the case of a workplace injury, an employer is responsible for all related medical bills. This holds true for all workers, even volunteer workers and illegal aliens, and even if it is your first day of work. In some cases, if a third party is also found liable, an additional suit can be filed. You may also be entitled to compensation even if you did not miss a day of work. If your employer does not have the medical insurance required to provide care for its employees, it is still possible to obtain workers’ compensation benefits through the Uninsured Employer’s Fund. In 2007, New York State issued a massive reform initiative, reshaping the way workers’ compensation benefit cases are handled, and the amount of maximum weekly benefits were raised. Because of this change, it’s important to contact experienced workers’ compensation lawyers who have experience dealing with the change in protocol. The team of attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC are skilled at getting our clients the medical care that they need and maximizing the financial benefit they deserve.
We Are Here to Help
If you believe you are deserving of workers’ compensation benefits, contact us. The consultation is free, and there is no fee if we are unable to obtain benefits. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we understand the risks caused by delay, including being denied the benefits that you deserve if your claim is not filed as soon as possible. Our workers’ compensation attorneys are here to help you and your family get by in your time of need.
New York City Workplace Injuries
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