New York Work Injury Lawyer
People give so much of themselves to their employers. Roughly one-third of our adult lives are spent working. With that sort of dedication and investment, it’s reasonable to expect that if we are hurt on the job, we’ll be taken care of. Sadly, injured workers too often find themselves without compensation.
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we side with workers. Our clients know that we won’t let them be taken advantage of by their employers. Let us fight for you. Schedule a free consultation with our New York work injury lawyers today.
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Do You Have a Case?
If you’ve suffered an on-the-job injury, you might not know where to begin. You might be asking yourself all sorts of questions about your legal options, including…
- Does your employer carry workers’ compensation insurance?
- Are you considered an employee or an independent contractor?
- Should you file a third-party claim to get payment for your injury?
- Is your injury temporary or permanent?
These questions all play a role in determining what path you take toward compensation. While the path isn’t the same for every worker, it’s important to understand that there is almost always an option available; it’s simply a matter of finding the right one for you. We want to help.
If you were injured at work, you deserve payment for time missed at work, medical bills and any other expenses you’ve encountered. We encourage you to contact Kaplan Lawyers PC today to speak to our New York work injury attorneys.
On average, a worker suffers from an injury or illness every seven seconds in the United States. Workers of all types can suffer a workplace injury, but these injuries are particularly common in certain sectors, such as construction, manufacturing or transportation.
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we provide legal representation to injured workers in New York to make sure they get the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has suffered a debilitating on-the-job injury, contact our team of experienced legal New York work injury lawyers to learn more about your options.
Many workplace injuries are transportation-related, meaning that someone is injured while traveling for work. In fact, over 1,700 people die each year from occupational transportation accidents, nearly 40 percent of all workplace fatalities. It’s no surprise that workers who spend a large portion of their time on the road as part of their job, such as truck drivers, might suffer serious injuries in vehicle crashes.
However, it’s not just transportation workers that face the risk of transportation-related injury. Regional managers, salespeople, traveling nurses, even workers that have lengthy commutes – these workers comprise a significant portion of the U.S. workforce, and they’re all vulnerable to these injuries.
The Devastation of a Workplace Injury
In addition to the immediate impact of a workplace injury (lost income and medical bills), these injuries can disrupt lives in many other significant ways. When people lose their ability to do their jobs, they lose a sense of purpose. The pain and suffering of an injury can lead to…
- Fractured relationships
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of purpose.
These consequences are just as significant as the financial losses people experience from on-the-job injuries, and they should be factored into any damages you seek in an injury claim. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we look at the entire impact of your injury, not just the financial costs.
We believe that when someone suffers a serious injury in service of an employer, they deserve payment for all the costs they suffer – permanent, temporary, economic and non-economic. Our New York workplace injury attorneys will help you determine the full costs of your suffering, so you can be sure you’re getting the payment you truly deserve.
Hazards in The Workplace
Most Common Workplace Injuries
The Most Serious Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
The accident types listed above can have several consequences for a worker. Workers may suffer one devastating injury or a combination of several injuries from a single workplace accident. Any injury can have long-lasting consequences, but some of the most notorious injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Neck sprains
- Spinal cord injuries
- Multiple fractures
- Internal injuries
- Amputation or loss of limbs
- Illness from long-term exposure to dangerous chemicals or toxins
- Wrongful death
These injuries are often compounded by the fact that an injured worker faces expensive medical bills and lost income, making recovery even more difficult. A worker might also lose the ability to work at their full capacity, which could significantly reduce their lifetime earnings.
Our Work Injury Lawyers Fight for Injured Workers in New York
Whether filing for workers’ compensation benefits or exploring legal claims against at-fault businesses or individuals, workers typically have some form of recourse available if they’ve been hurt at work. We help clients find a solution to their problem.
We’ll explore the following options for compensation:
- Workers’ compensation benefits
- Disability benefits for injured workers
- Third-party liability claims
- Personal injury claims.
The path toward fair compensation isn’t always clear. We offer free consultations to help you better understand your options. We evaluate your case and give you our thoughts, so you can decide whether to move forward.
Types of Workplace Accidents
What Types of Accidents Lead to Workplace Injury?
Slips, falls and trips are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and deaths. They are especially common in industries like construction where people work from great heights, often on roofs, ladders or scaffolding. When a worker falls from a greater height, they are more likely to suffer disabling and fatal injuries. Overexertion is listed by the National Safety Council as being the leading cause of all workplace injuries resulting in days missed.
These injuries can be suffered from repetitive actions that lead to serious long-term conditions, such as lingering back injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome. They can also be the result of one single incident, which could occur from lifting or lowering a heavy object.
Equipment-related accidents are also one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. Being struck by or against an object or being caught in or between objects or equipment can have very serious consequences for a worker. These accidents typically occur when a worker operates or works near heavy machinery.
Workplace injuries can also be the result of many other types of incidents, some of which can be a single event or prolonged exposure to certain actions or chemicals. Other types of workplace accidents include:
Getting Compensation for a Workplace Injury
The good news for workers is that most employers have workers’ compensation insurance. This means that a worker can receive benefits after a workplace injury regardless of who was at fault. However, some workers might find the extent and costs of their injury disputed by employers or insurers. Additionally, certain types of workers might not be covered by workers’ compensation at all, leaving them to deal with the consequences of a workplace injury without any financial assistance.
When a worker gets less than they deserve for an on-the-job injury, they should explore all their legal options. This could mean seeking greater payments from an insurer or, if a worker isn’t covered by workers’ compensation, filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party. Workers are guaranteed the right to a safe workplace. Serious injuries are often the result of a person’s or business’s negligence, which means that somebody can be held accountable for the costs of that injury. Workers can file claims to receive compensation for…
- Lost income
- Lost work capacity
- Medical bills
- Any other damages they might encounter because of their injury.
Do you know how much you should be given after a workplace injury? You might be surprised at the expenses you’ve incurred because of your injury. We make sure our clients get payment that truly reflects the suffering they’ve experienced.
Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC today to learn more about your legal options.
When Workers’ Compensation Isn’t an Option…
Not every worker – or workplace injury – is covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Independent contractors, for example, are generally not offered the same benefits as “employees,” and this is particularly true when it comes to compensation due to injuries.
Even if a worker isn’t covered by workers’ comp, they still have legal options available. We’ve helped clients find other means to get the payment they deserve.
- Misclassification Claims – Some businesses hire workers as contractors to save money, even though those workers should technically be classified as employees. If you’ve been misclassified, you can say so in a legal claim. If successful, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation.
- Third-party Liability Claims – Sometimes a worker’s injury is caused by the negligence of a third party (in other words, a non-employer). A third party can include the manufacturer of a faulty product, the owner of a hazardous property, or a careless driver. If one of these parties was responsible for your injuries, you can hold them accountable for the damages you’ve suffered.
- Personal Injury Claims – For independent contractors that aren’t covered by workers’ compensation programs, personal injury claims are often the preferred method of getting payment. If your employer doesn’t offer you benefits through workers’ comp, then they can be named in a lawsuit by an injured worker.
Just because you aren’t covered by workers’ compensation doesn’t mean you are without options. Let us find the right option for you. Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Suffered a Workplace Injury in New York? Our New York Work Injury Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered an on-the-job injury, you have the right to pursue the compensation you deserve. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we are proud to help injured workers across New York and fight to get them their owed payment.
We will investigate your case to determine who is fault, so they can be held accountable to pay for your injury-related expenses. Our NYC work injury attorneys have handled many of these cases, and we know the tactics used by employers and insurers to minimize their payments to workers. We stand up for our clients to ensure they are treated fairly.
To learn more about how we can help you, contact Kaplan Lawyers PC to schedule a free consultation. You can contact Kaplan Lawyers PC by filling out our online form or giving us a call at one of our New York locations. Your case evaluation is free, and you are under no obligation to proceed if you aren’t comfortable doing so.
Let us fight for you. Contact the New York work injury attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC.