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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.