Being injured on the job can be a scary prospect and one that many workers face on a daily basis, especially those who work in the construction fields or with heavy machinery. An occupational injury is defined as a wound or damage to the body resulting from an event in the work environment. There are approximately three million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers each year.
The chances for sustaining an injury either due to operator error, a defective tool or the lack of appropriate safety measures can be high. The other daunting prospect is the possibility of dealing with your employer and their insurance company. Often, employers might try and offer up a quick settlement to make the issue quietly go away. You need to be sure your legal rights are protected and you are not short-changed in your road to recovery.
Contact one of the workers compensation attorneys from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen whose experience with workers compensation claims is vast. This way you are assured of receiving the maximum benefits due to you.
Over half of those three million injuries and illnesses reported each year are serious in nature and involve missed days from work, a job transfer, or restriction of duties. Many of these injured workers end up in hospital emergency rooms, often requiring costly medical treatment, and having to deal with the pain and recovery of the injury. There is also the personal and social aspect of feeling that they are contributing to lost productivity to their employer’s bottom line. In fact, recent economic analysis suggests that traumatic occupational deaths and injuries cost the nation $192 billion annually.
The most common areas of employment where horrific injuries can occur include the construction, manufacturing and transportation industries. Causes of these accidents and the resulting injuries include:
An employer may suggest that you visit their chosen doctor which may not be in your best interest and undervalue your potential claim. If you proceed with filing a workers compensation claim, regardless of who caused the incident that injured you, you could qualify for financial benefits.
You may be eligible for various benefits and payments to be paid by your employer through their insurance company to aid you as you go through the process of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from your injury.
Under the law, this might include first aid, emergency care, doctor visits, hospital care, surgery, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, pharmaceuticals, prosthetic devices, and prescribed medical appliances. An employee should make sure they are seen by “network” physicians and at the frequency accepted, to make sure they do not become personally liable for certain medical costs. This is an area where legal representation and guidance is extremely helpful.
Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen has a full staff of work injury attorneys who can help you through the legal process. It can be confusing, and an employer may encourage an employee to take a small settlement rather than having to fund a protracted treatment plan. This may not be in your best interests as medical issues can lead to other complications stemming from the original injury. This could mean you may need medical care for longer than initially anticipated. Therefore, obtaining the compensation due to you is the fair and legal route to go. If you have been injured on the job, contact one of our workers compensation lawyers New York clients turn to.
A smart workers compensation lawyer in New York can help you understand the laws of New York. As a client, it behooves you to understand what the actual law says about your case. This will help you navigate through the process.
Basically, workers compensation is insurance that your employer holds to pay benefits and/or provide medical care for works who are injured or who become ill as a result of some work activity. The injury might occur at a construction site, on the job, or as a result of a slip and fall. It is important to recognize that in a workers compensation case in Rockville Centre, NY, no one part is determined to be at fault. Fault doesn’t really matter. The amount that you will receive is not decreased if you were careless, nor is it increased if the employer was careless.
Your claim will be paid so long as the injury occurred on the job, while you were lawfully employed. There is, of course, an exception. If a worker was intoxicated from drugs or alcohol, then the worker may not be entitled to compensation.
At Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, we are often asked, “Who is covered by the workers compensation law?” The answer is pretty simple. Virtually all employers in New York State must provide some form of workers compensation to their employees. And, those same employers must post the notice of coverage in their place of business.
Workers compensation law can be very, very complicated. If you suffered an injury on the job, call today for a free consultation! We are here to help.