It is an unfortunate reality for many New York businesses that despite all of the safety measures employers and employees take, every year tens of thousands of New York State workers suffer job-related illnesses or injuries. The cost of these workplace injuries to New York’s economy is staggering, with millions of hours in manpower and productivity lost each year. Equally staggering is the thousands of dollars in medical payments and wage benefits that injured workers are entitled to — but fail to collect.
New York State 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 State, don’t lose the benefits that you’ve worked so hard to earn. You and your family deserve the full range of NY Workers’ Compensation benefits — and at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., we can help you make your best possible case.
Our firm has extensive experience with the Workers’ Compensation system and our website has a wealth of information to help injured workers, including:
- The types of Workers’ Compensation benefits that you may be entitled to;
- The disability categories that are used to determine your Workers’ Compensation weekly award rate;
- Occupational diseases and New York State Workers’ Compensation claims;
- Frequently asked questions from our clients regarding their Workers’ Compensation cases.
Who Is Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
Nearly all employees in New York are covered by 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.
While Workers’ Compensation insurance may be provided by most employers employees often encounter significant delays and administrative hurdles as they attempt to collect benefits. Even NY’s own Workers’ Compensation officials acknowledge that the system can be stressful and far from “worker friendly.”
Insurance Companies Will Challenge Claims
Insurance companies can add to workers’ frustration by delaying, denying or contesting a valid injury claim. Each year there are thousands of controverted cases, meaning the insurance company and employers challenged the award of benefits to thousands of injured workers. Those challenges sent many of those cases to a complex hearing before a Workers’ Compensation Law Judge where testimony, medical documents, and other evidence has to be weighed.
The Workers’ Compensation system can be so frustrating that many employees decide not to pursue their claims. But there is a better way to deal with those frustrations. Contact the New York Workers’ Compensation lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. for help with your case. In pursuing your claim, we will:
- Help you collect benefits even if you haven’t stopped working;
- Make sure that your Workers’ Compensation benefits continue even if you get a new job, move out of state, or retire;
- For certain injuries, we will make sure your Workers’ Compensation payments continue for the rest of your life; and
- If you’re entitled to additional benefits, known as Schedule Loss Awards, we will help you collect them.
Contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. Today – Your NYC Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Remember that your benefits can be lost forever if you do not file on time. If you have 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. Choosing the New York lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. may be the best decision you will ever make to secure your future. Please call us at 1-888-575-6410 or fill out our online contact form for immediate attention to your case. We will fight for you!