New York Workplace Injury Attorneys
Workplace injuries affect thousands of New Yorkers each year. According to the 2014 Annual Report of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, there were 165,304 new workers’ compensation claims involving workers injured on the job. Unfortunately, many injured workers fail to collect all of their medical and financial benefits because they wrongfully believed that they don’t qualify for workers’ compensation benefits or don’t need an attorney.
If you’ve been injured on the job or fallen ill because of your job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that will help cover your medical bills and your lost wages. The New York workplace injury lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. can help.
Common Workplace Injuries In New York
Just about any injury can occur in the workplace, and the severity can range from minor to severe, largely depending on the type of work that’s being done. Some of the most common causes of workplace injuries include:
- Construction accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Exposure to harmful substances
- Dangerous equipment
- Fires and explosions
- Workplace violence
If You’ve Been Injured On The Job – Know Your Rights
New York employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in the event an employee is injured or has acquired an occupational illness. Even if it was the worker’s own fault or carelessness that caused his or her injuries, the injured worker is still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, which can include:
- Payment of medical bills
- Reimbursement for a portion of lost wages
- Scheduled awards for permanent loss of use or disability of a body part or facial scarring
However, workers’ compensation benefits do not provide reimbursement for non-economic damages, including pain and suffering.
In most cases, employees are prohibited from suing their employers or a co-employee, with few exceptions. If you have been injured in a construction-related accident, read more here about the exceptions to this rule in New York.
If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, but aren’t sure if you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, don’t rule yourself out. Talk to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. The insurance companies have attorneys protecting their rights, and so should you.
Our firm has successfully helped thousands of injured workers get the benefits that they are entitled to. Let us help you.
Applying For Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Nearly all workers are covered under New York workers’ compensation. However, the process to apply for and receive workers’ compensation can be frustrating and confusing. Many workers’ compensation claims are initially denied – and without well-qualified and experienced workers’ compensation attorneys, you can lose the financial and medical benefits to which you are entitled.
At Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C., our attorneys and staff have extensive experience with the New York workers’ compensation system. We can help you and your family collect benefits for:
- Lost wages
- Schedule Loss of Use (SLU) awards
- Permanent loss of use or permanent disability
Workplace Injuries Are Not Just About Workers’ Compensation
Fortunately, in most cases, you do not have to settle just for workers’ compensation benefits.
Often, an injured worker can file a personal injury lawsuit on top of a workers’ compensation claim. If your injury was caused by someone other than your employer or a co-employee, you can recover additional money, including:
- Payment for your past and future pain and suffering
- Economic loss, lost wages, lost pensions, loss of vacation funds
- Loss of Social Security income
- Loss of health insurance costs
- Loss of consortium
If your workplace injury was caused by someone other than your employer or co-employee, such as the owner, general contractor, or subcontractor, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and collect money in addition to workers’ compensation benefits. Call us. We can help you.
Please keep in mind that there are special laws in New York State that protect workers. Let us investigate and determine who may be legally responsible for your accident, and don’t just settle for workers’ compensation benefits.
Regardless of whether your on-the-job injury involves workers’ compensation or a third-party claim, the attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. can help you with your workplace injury case. We understand New York State labor laws and we know how to best protect your rights to get you the money and benefits you are entitled to recover.
We’ve Got The Answers To Your Workplace Injury Questions
Our Website has answers to many of the frequently asked questions about workers’ compensation, including:
- What types of workers’ compensation benefits can be awarded to you and your family?
- How much money can I collect on a weekly basis?
- What are the disability categories that determine your workers’ compensation award?
Trust the New York Workplace Injury Experts at Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C.
When you’ve suffered a serious workplace injury, you need the New York law firm of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. at your side. With more than 150 years of combined experience, and a continuing track record of success, our attorneys are well-prepared to protect your rights and help you receive the money and benefits you are entitled to. Contact us today at 1-888-575-6410 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!