New York City workers’ compensation attorneys that will fight for your rights!
It’s an unfortunate reality for many New York businesses — despite all of the safety measures that employers and employees take, every year tens of thousands of New York workers suffer job-related illnesses or injuries. According to the 2014 Annual Report of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, there were 165,304 new workers’ compensation claims and 225,450 claims re-opened. These numbers represent a 29.2% spike in pending claims since 2013.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job or contracted an occupational illness, don’t take on the added stress of dealing with workers’ compensation claims on your own. Talk to an experienced New York City workers’ compensation lawyer today.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits Overview
Nearly all employers in New York are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Under the workers’ compensation system, employers agree to pay medical expenses and lost wages for an employee’s job-related injury or illness — even if the employee is at fault for his or her injuries. In exchange, the employee agrees not to sue his or her employer in court for damages.
The cost of NY workplace injuries to New York’s economy is staggering, with millions of hours in manpower and productivity lost each year. Equally staggering are the thousands of dollars in medical payments and wage benefits that injured workers are entitled to — but fail to collect. New York employees may not understand how to collect the benefits they need, or they may be misinformed by their employers about their right to file a claim.
In other cases, workers do not realize their injury or sickness was caused by their job, or they may believe that their injury is not serious enough to merit benefits. If you’ve been injured on the job or have fallen victim to an occupational disease in New York, don’t lose the benefits that you’ve worked so hard to earn.
Workers’ Compensation Is an Insurance Policy
Essentially, workers’ compensation is an insurance policy for employers, and was meant to be a system that supported injured employees. However, like all insurance carriers, they want to protect their bottom line, so their job is to deny claims. Because of this, employees often encounter significant delays and administrative hurdles as they attempt to collect benefits.
Insurance companies add to workers’ frustration by delaying, denying, and contesting valid injury claims. Of all of the claims filed in 2014, 11,175 claims were controverted, meaning the insurance carrier disputed the claim and filed medical documentation to support the dispute. Those challenges sent many of those cases to a complex hearing before a Workers’ Compensation Law Judge, where testimony, medical documents, and other evidence had to be weighed. Even NY’s own workers’ compensation officials acknowledge that the system can be stressful and far from “worker-friendly.”
If you have filed a workers’ compensation claim on your own and have had your claim disputed, it’s time to bring in New York City workers’ compensation professionals. At Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C., our workers’ compensation attorneys have the knowledge and experience you need to take on the Workers’ Compensation Board.
Trust the New York City Workers’ Compensation Experts
The workers’ compensation system can be so frustrating that many employees decide not to pursue their claims. However, there is a better way to deal with those frustrations and get the compensation you deserve. In addition, please note that, even if you haven’t stopped working, we can still help you collect benefits.
You and your family deserve the full range of NY workers’ compensation benefits — and we can help you make the best possible case for your claim. Our attorneys have extensive experience with the workers’ compensation system, and can provide you with information on:
- The types of workers’ compensation benefits that could be awarded to you and your family
- The disability categories that are used to determine your workers’ compensation award
- Occupational diseases and New York workers’ compensation claims
- Frequently asked questions we hear from our clients about their workers’ compensation cases
Our workers’ compensation legal team has a proven track record of success in getting our clients the best possible outcome. If you hire Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. for your case, we guarantee that we will do everything we can to maximize your compensation, including:
- We’ll see that your workers’ compensation benefits continue even if you get a new job, move out of state, or retire.
- For certain injuries, we’ll make sure your workers’ compensation payments continue for the rest of your life.
- If you’re entitled to additional benefits, known as Schedule Loss Awards, we’ll help you collect them.
Get the compensation you deserve
Remember that your benefits can be lost forever if you don’t file on time. If you’ve been injured on the job or have developed an occupational disease, you and your family will need the full range of benefits that are available – so act now. Choosing the New York lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. may be the best decision you’ll ever make to secure your future. Contact us today at 1-800-966-4999 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!