There is a widely held misconception among some New York State laborers that filing for workers’ compensation benefits immediately disqualifies one from applying for more benefits. While this may be true, in some cases you can seek an outside, third-party recovery that supplements your workers’ compensation benefits. The labor law attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC understand the law and how it relates to injured workers.
Three Ways You May Be Eligible For Added Benefits
1. As Stated By NY Labor Code Section: 200
Rule 200 applies to construction sites. Namely, that they should be kept in proper, safe condition by those in charge. This includes the regular maintenance of all construction equipment, the proper usage of lights, and the thorough implementation of safety apparatuses. If an employer fails to meet these obligations, you may be eligible for added benefits.
2. As Stated By NY Labor Code Section: 240
Rule 240 pertains to scaffolding and other equipment designed to allow workers to achieve greater heights. Since moving up vertically exponentially increases the inherent risk of labor, equipment such as scaffoldings, hoists, ladders, etc. have their own safety regulations. It is even more important for this type of equipment to be held to rigorous safety codes. They must be inspected routinely. Sufficient safety gear, such as banisters, belts, harnesses, and railings must always be utilized. If they are not, or any other pertinent regulation was disobeyed, and an injury took place, the injured worker may sue for extra compensation.
3. As Stated By NY Labor Code Section: 241
Another work scenario with a heightened sense of danger is work that involves construction, demolition and excavation. There is a constant danger of cave-ins, along with other related hazards. Because of the added risk in these situations, Rule 241 stipulates that appropriate safety measures must be taken to provide adequate protection to everyone involved in the project and anyone injured due to a lack of protection is entitled to additional benefits.
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we understand all of the complexities and variables of New York State labor laws. If you have been injured on a construction site you should immediately contact the labor law attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC to confirm what benefits you are entitled to and ensure that you receive the maximum compensation. The consultation is free and there is no fee unless we win your case.