About 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You might think that most of these illnesses and injuries occur in hazardous workplaces like mines, fishing boats, and construction sites. But the truth is that all industries carry a degree of risk.
To ensure that you are fairly compensated for your workplace injury, contact our workers' compensation lawyers. Here at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we represent clients from the Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Suffolk and Nassau County, NY, area.
If you are injured at work or suffer from a work related injury, under New York law you are entitled to receive compensation for medical treatment and lost wages. Such compensation is called workers compensation.
Virtually all employers in New York are required by law to carry workers compensation insurance for their employees, including employers of domestic workers who work 40 or more hours per week. The insurance covers expenses for the employee’s injuries and lost wages, regardless of who was at fault for the injury. In return for receiving compensation, the worker cannot sue his employer for damages. However, if a third party is liable for the injury, the employee can hire an attorney and sue the third party, in addition to collecting workers compensation. An example would be suing a third party manufacturer of defective equipment that resulted in the employee’s work injury.
In an ideal world, an injured worker would be able to collect workers compensation without any challenges, and in some cases this occurs. However, it is also common for employers and their insurance companies to dispute claims. A workplace injury lawyer can assist you in countering the dispute so you can obtain the compensation to which you are entitled by law.
When you choose the team of workers' compensation lawyers from Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP to represent you, you'll have decades of legal experience on your side. All of our attorneys have practiced law for over 20 years in the Queens, NY, area and are very knowledgeable in their legal specialties.
For assurance regarding the quality of our firm, see our impressive track record of success. We've earned many clients payouts in the billions.
The judge may call for a hearing to adjudicate the claim and hear reports from both sides in the workers comp case. Challenges made by employers and insurance companies often include:
Typically, employers and insurance companies have their attorneys present at a hearing to support their dispute to your claim. It is wise to have your own counsel at the hearing as well to stand up for your rights. Experienced workers compensation lawyers understand the nuances of New York law and are skilled at recovering compensation for their clients.
An employee’s ability to recover lost wages is based on the extent of the disability that resulted from the work injury. Based on a doctor’s medical evaluation, work injuries fall into one of four categories:
Another benefit you may be eligible to recover is a reduced earnings benefit. If you return to work but your injury prevents you from earning what you had earned prior to the injury, you may be entitled to a reduced earnings benefit. This benefit makes up two-thirds of the difference between what you made previously and what you currently make.
If you are facing disputes or uncertainties about recovering workers compensation, find out how we can help. Our attorneys at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP will explain your rights to receive benefits and discuss the best approach to deal with your claim.
Call us toll free at 888.519.6400, or contact us in Garden City at 516.248.2234, or in Flushing-Queens at 718.539.3100. You can also fill in our contact form, and we will get in touch with you.
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