Being injured while on the job can leave workers facing substantial medical bills as well as injuries that make it impossible to return to how things were before the accident. In many situations, however, it might not be possible to return to work. Fortunately, New York laws allow you to receive compensation for the resulting damages if it is not possible to return to work after an accident.
While these laws exist, many employers and insurance carriers fail to pay the necessary benefits. In these situations, an experienced workplace injury lawyer can help.
Statistics about Workplace Injuries in New York Based on data compiled by the New York State Department of Labor, there were approximately 209,000 cases of nonfatal occupational injuries in 2016. Among this group, a business engaged in the transportation and warehousing industries saw the highest number of workplace incidents.
Additional statistics reveal there were 236 cases of fatal occupational injuries. This data should provide you with an understanding of just how common work-related injuries are.
Workplace Injuries and Compensation Laws in New York Workers’ compensation laws in New York were created to make sure that every worker who experiences injuries in on-the-job accidents receives the compensation he or she deserves. To pursue a claim under these laws, workplace injuries must have occurred:
Due to exposure to toxins or chemicals during work
Due to work-related tasks or operations
While a worker is on the job site,
While a worker is off-site but performing work-related tasks
Negligence does not play a role in determining how compensation is awarded. This means that it does not matter if you played a role in causing the accident. Instead, the law offers broad protection to injured workers and was created to make sure that no workers are left without compensation to pay their expenses.
Available Benefits Under New York Workers’ Compensation Law Compensation benefits for New York workers provide coverage for medical expenses. This compensation, however, is not as extensive as awards that are sometimes made under personal injury claims. Workers who are injured while on the job are not able to sue their employers but must initiate legal action under workers’ compensation law. Compensation that is available through these methods includes:
Permanent total or partial disability benefits
Temporary payment of partial disability benefits
Temporary payment of total disability benefits
Wrongful death benefits
Under some situations, it is also possible to pursue compensation for pain and suffering caused by an accident. To obtain compensation of this nature, negligence must be established on the part of a third party.
Let Us Fight for the Results You Deserve New York State’s worker’s compensation system was created to provide workers who are injured while on the job with compensation, but it can be difficult to navigate these issues. Nave Law Firm can guide you through your case to obtain the compensation that you deserve. Contact our offices serving Syracuse, Albany, and Utica today by calling (315) 285 – 6283 or (855) 349-6283 to schedule a free case evaluation.