Be it a factory, construction site, or in an office, there are inherent dangers present in every workplace and the possibility of an employee getting seriously injured at work here in New York City is very real.
Even the most conscientious employer cannot eliminate all the sources and causes of potential accidents. When a workplace injury does occur, the consequences of the accident can be very far reaching.
In some instances, the injuries will require lengthy courses of treatment and/or hospital stays. As a result, the injured employee may be unable to work for a significant period of time. As a result, there will be a substantial loss of income due to the accident. Who will pay the bills and maintain the house and family? Quite often, this causes great stress and tension among the family members.
After a workplace injury, your immediate concern should be your own health, wellbeing, and recovery. It will difficult enough nursing yourself back to good health, much less taking on the responsibility of filing and processing a worker’s compensation claim. As many workers are aware, these benefits are important because they will pay for the health related expenses and some of the lost wages. However, the mechanisms of making a claim can be confusing and many workers are simply unaware of what they are entitled to.
It is completely inadvisable to appear by yourself against your employer’s insurance company lawyers before the Workmen’s Compensation Board. Instead, you should hire an attorney who specializes in Workers’ Compensation law. Such an attorney will have the requisite experience and knowledge to advise you so that you obtain all the benefits you are entitled to.
It also may be that a party other than the injured worker’s employer contributed to the happening of the accident. The accident may fall under the protections of the New York Labor Law, where the owner of the property and general contractor may be held absolutely liable for the accident regardless of the circumstances. Only an experienced personal injury attorney specializing in workplace accidents can properly advise you of all your rights whether it be for benefits or compensation. With both teams working together, the injured worker can be assured of getting the possible result for workers’ compensation benefits and compensation for pain and suffering for the injuries sustained in the accident along with any unpaid medical or hospital bills and for past and future lost income.