Workplace Accident Lawyer

 

Workplace accidents are all too common in New York City, leaving construction, trade, and other workers at risk of suffering minor to major injuries. In many cases, workers don’t have the savings or medical insurance to pay for the full cost of their treatments.

While worker’s compensation can cover some (or all) expenses in many cases, it’s not always enough. A lawsuit may be necessary to get the compensation needed to offset the cost of restorative surgeries, ongoing medical treatments, and other needs.

Fortunately, the right workplace accident lawyer can significantly increase the chances of an optimal lawsuit outcome. For instance, our team at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. recovered $1.25 million for an elevator constructor who suffered a hand injury from a falling object at a New York City construction site.

That’s just one example of the benefits that a workplace accident lawyer can bring to the court bench. When you hire Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., you’ll also receive:

  • Sterling legal representation
  • Dedication to your case
  • Full transparency and trust

Workplace accidents can be serious – your legal representation should be just as strict about standards and results. Hire workplace accident lawyers from Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. today to get the benefits and compensation you deserve for your injury.

New York Workplace Accident Laws

In New York, practically all companies are required to have worker’s compensation insurance. However, worker’s compensation cases only apply when a worker is injured on the job while performing normal job duties. The majority of worker’s compensation claims kick in only if you’re directly injured because of something related to the workplace.

For example, if a construction worker is injured because improperly placed scaffolding collapses and they suffer an injury as a result, they may have a valid worker’s compensation claim.

But if a worker is injured because of a third party, worker’s compensation may not apply. That doesn’t mean the worker is out of luck, however. In such circumstances, a personal injury claim against a third party may be a viable legal alternative.

New York’s legal complexity is best navigated with skilled attorneys on your side. Whether you are injured due to employer negligence, a freak accident, or a third party, you can get the compensation you deserve to pay for your injuries with the right legal help.

Types of Workplace Accidents

Workplace accidents are incredibly common in New York City and the state overall. Although most workplaces take important steps to protect their employees, these steps aren’t always enough. Common workplace accidents include:

  • Slip and fall accidents. For example, an employee might slip on a wet floor when they aren’t warned about the hazard by their manager.
  • Falling accidents. For instance, a construction worker may fall from scaffolding due to inappropriate workplace safety protocols.
  • Defective product accidents. If an employee uses an improperly made tool, they could suffer an injury if the tool was meant to protect them or function in a specific way.
  • Construction accidents. These can include being trapped by or injured by heavy machinery, having heavy equipment fall on an employee, and more.

Furthermore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the construction industry is by far the most dangerous for laborers compared to others. 

Regardless of the specifics of your workplace accident, you can pursue legal recourse – especially if your employer denied you worker’s compensation relief. Companies may be required to have worker’s compensation insurance, but many will try to avoid paying it to keep their premiums low.

The right legal assistance can ensure that you gather the evidence you need to file a successful worker’s compensation claim or sue your employer for denying you coverage in the first place. 

Employer Negligence

In industries like construction, employer negligence could be the root cause of at-work accidents. Employer negligence takes many forms, such as:

  • Not providing appropriate safety equipment for employees
  • Not outlining good safety guidelines
  • Forcing employees to work in unsafe conditions

Employer negligence can be proven in court and can result in injured employees receiving higher compensation than they would otherwise. Attorneys with experience in workplace accidents can assist with proving employer negligence by gathering evidence, speaking to safety organizations for your industry, and negotiating with your employer on your behalf.

Workplace Accident Injuries

Employees may experience a wide variety of injuries from their accidents. Injuries are typically contingent on the factors involved, the nature of the work, and the position of the employee at the time of the accident.

However, many common workplace injuries are costly in terms of immediate or emergency medical costs and ongoing treatments. Workplace accidents can lead to injuries including but not limited to:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal damage or paralysis
  • TBIs or traumatic brain injuries
  • Lacerations or cuts
  • Bruises
  • Loss of ability

Many of these injuries may require medical attention that could cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. Accidents that lead to chronic injuries or permanent paralysis can eventually cost millions of dollars in total care expenses.

It’s not right for you to have to pay for these expenses alone. Your employer has an obligation to help foot the bill in many cases, especially if they were ultimately responsible for your accident.

Alternatively, a third party who caused the accident may be liable for paying damages to help you pay for these exorbitant medical bills. Bottom line: don’t believe anyone who says you have to go through your recovery alone.

You don’t even have to start the process by yourself. Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is accepting new clients for workplace accidents and injuries right now. We’ve already helped dozens of other New York construction workers recover compensation for their injuries and lost income – see the results for yourself on our Verdicts and Settlements Page.

Call us at 1-800-966-4999 for information on how you can get the money and benefits to which you are entitled. 

Worker’s Compensation 

A successful worker’s compensation claim requires several elements, including:

  • Evidence of your injuries, including doctor’s notes, medical records and bills, and more.
  • Evidence that you sustained the injuries in the course of your regular job duties, including eyewitness accounts, paperwork, and more.
  • A connection to your job duties – for instance, if you suffered a back injury after being trapped by heavy machinery, you’ll need to prove that you were required to be present near the heavy machinery at the time of the injury.

All of this seems straightforward, but proving those elements can be tougher than you expect. For example, if you are injured while on a delivery drive, you may find it difficult to acquire the exact paperwork and hard data proving that you were injured while fulfilling your normal duties rather than doing something else.

Worker’s compensation insurance is especially important for many front-line employees because it covers the most common injuries associated with on-the-job accidents, including broken bones, head injuries, vision and hearing loss, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.

When you hire Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. to take on your workplace injury case, you can rest assured that we’ll fight hard to ensure you don’t have to shoulder the burden of medical bills yourself. When your employer owes you money, we’re the best people to contact to make sure they pay up on time.

What if an Employer Refuses To Pay? 

If your employer doesn’t pay you for your injury, the fight isn’t over.

Your employer may try to get out of paying your worker’s compensation by presenting alternative evidence, demanding unfair evidence standards, or other tactics.

Workplace accident attorneys can counteract these strategies and help you get the coverage you need and deserve. By helping you gather the right evidence and present it persuasively to court, your employer will have no choice but to pay you for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. 

Other Workplace Accident Lawsuits

Workplace accident legal teams can also assist with additional lawsuits, including personal injury lawsuits.

Personal injury lawsuits may be appropriate if a third, unrelated party is ultimately at fault for the accident in question. A construction worker, for example, may be injured due to a drunk driver while on a worksite.

While the accident and injury occurred while at work and on company property, it was not due to the company’s negligence. Therefore, the worker may have grounds to sue the drunk driver and receive damages from their insurance company rather than their employer.

How Workplace Accident Attorneys Can Help

The right workplace accident law firm can significantly increase your chances of receiving compensation for:

  • Any medical bills, past or future, for the injuries and conditions you received due to your workplace accident
  • Pain and suffering you experienced due to the accident
  • Loss of income if your injury required you to take time off work
  • Loss of ability if the injury resulted in permanent paralysis

Furthermore, workplace accident attorneys will act as your official representatives in court and during negotiations with an employer, a third party, or even another worker. As unbiased and experienced representatives, workplace accident lawyers are well-equipped to present your case to the court as strongly as possible.

Additionally, a workplace accident attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to ensure a successful case verdict. Specifically, they can gather evidence like:

  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Accident injury reports
  • Company paperwork or safety guidelines
  • Company emails or correspondence
  • Official guidelines or documents from regulating organizations like OSHA

Once gathered, your attorney can coach you for your court appearance, present your evidence in a timely manner to avoid missing crucial deadlines, and increase your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.

The best workplace accident attorneys can help you receive compensation ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars or more depending on what you need. But you should choose your workplace accident attorney carefully.

The ideal legal team will:

  • Have a history of success
  • Have successful case verdicts for you to view
  • Work with you as a trusted, long-term client, not just a short-term customer
  • Have specific practice areas for worker’s compensation, workplace accidents, and so on

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. fits the bill in these respects and more. We’ve already helped many other New York construction workers recover money and benefits ranging into the millions of dollars for situations just like yours.

We also have practice areas in adjacent and related areas, such as personal injury, product liability, and more. Our history of success has yielded a reputation that’s known throughout the Big Apple and beyond – when it comes to fighting for folks just like yourself, Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is the best bet for success.

Reach out to us at 1-800-966-4999 to set up an appointment to discuss your potential case. 

Summary

Workplace accident lawyers are the best help you can get if you’re injured on the job. Even if your employer offers worker’s compensation payments, a workplace accident attorney can still be of great benefit when filing a personal injury lawsuit or when getting all of your legal paperwork filed on time.

That’s just one more reason why you should contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. right away. When you’re injured in a workplace accident, there’s no one better to represent you at court, to ensure that your employer pays worker’s compensation when appropriate, and to secure the largest payout possible for your medical bills and other costs.

Still not sure we’re right for your case? We offer a free case evaluation as soon as you give us a call or contact us online. Don’t wait – secure the legal assistance you need for your workplace injury case and get Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C.  on your side today. Call us at 1-800-966-4999 to learn more about your options.

 

Sources:

Fatal Occupational Injuries in New York City – 2019 | BLS.gov

Workers’ Compensation Insurance | NYC Business

Burden of Proof in a Workers’ Compensation Case | HG.org

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