Workers all across the Bronx and New York City show up for work every day and put their heart and soul into their jobs. It is only fair that New York law mandates that, in exchange for their hard work, employers throughout the State of New York provide their workers with workers’ compensation insurance coverage if they are hurt on the job. The New York workers’ compensation system is designed to provide workers who suffer injuries on the job – whether caused by a worker’s own negligence, the negligence of their employer, or the negligence of a third party – full coverage for medical bills, lost wages and certain other expenses that arise when a worker is injured due to an on-the-job accident. However, despite these guarantees, without experienced workers’ compensation lawyers on your side, you may not receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled under the workers’ compensation laws. The insurance companies representing employers will fight tooth and nail to deny you your full benefits, and you need top Bronx workers’ compensation lawyers on your side to fight for your rights.
The Jesse Minc Personal Injury Law will help you retain Bronx workers’ compensation attorneys who are intimately familiar with the rights of injured workers under the New York workers’ compensation system. There is no financial risk to you in retaining workers’ compensation lawyers, as you do not have to pay out of your own pocket for their services. Our Bronx personal injury lawyers will also analyze your case and help you determine whether or not you may be able to bring a separate personal injury lawsuit if you are injured due to the negligence of someone other than your employer. It is important to remember that, under Section 11 of the New York Workers’ Compensation Law, injured workers who get hurt on the job cannot sue their employers but can sue others if their negligence caused the worker to be seriously injured. We offer free consultations regarding your workers’ compensation and personal injury accident claims when you call us at (718) 354-8000, or submit an online consultation request.
What Types of Accidents, Injuries and Disabilities Are Covered Under the New York Workers’ Compensation Law?
In order for any particular accident, injury or disability to be covered under the New York Workers’ Compensation Law, thus entitling the injured worker to workers compensation benefits, the worker has to demonstrate certain things. Depending on the type of claim, the proof that an injured worker will have to demonstrate will differ, and may involve submitting accident reports or testimony regarding how an accident occurred, or medical evidence to demonstrate the nature and cause of a particular injury or disability. The experienced Bronx workers’ compensation lawyers in our network will guide you through this process, and will explain its intricacies in plain language so that you understand your rights to workers’ compensation benefits
If an injured worker is claiming that they suffered a personal injury accident on the job, and that their accident-related injuries will prevent them from working and that they have incurred medical expenses as a result, the worker has to prove that the accident occurred in the course of his or her employment in order to obtain workers’ compensation coverage. Unlike with respect to personal injury negligence lawsuits involving, for example, construction accidents, the injured worker does not have to demonstrate that anyone else is at fault to sustain a successful workers’ compensation injury claim. If the injured worker simply demonstrates that he or she was injured in the course of their employment, this is sufficient to sustain a New York workers’ compensation claim.
If the worker is claiming that he or she is disabled due to an on-the-job accident, or due to exposure to other hazards related to their job, he or she has to show that the entire claimed disability arose out of, and was incurred in the course of, their employment. This requires that medical opinions regarding the causal connection between the disability and an on-the-job injury or other hazard be obtained. Workers’ compensation insurance carriers often deny that a worker’s disability is related to an on-the-job accident, and will fight in court to deny an injured worker full compensation and benefits. If the proper proof is not put forward to a workers’ compensation judge, an injured worker may receive fewer benefits, or no benefits at all. If you have been seriously injured in an on-the-job accident anywhere in the Bronx or elsewhere in New York City and are disabled from working as a result, it is absolutely essential that you obtain experienced Bronx workers’ compensation lawyers to ensure that you can obtain the proper medical proof that your disability was caused by an on-the-job accident, and that you are thus entitled to full compensation.
What are the First Steps I Should Take if I Have Been Injured on the Job?
If you have been injured in an on-the-job accident anywhere in the Bronx or elsewhere in New York City, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention at a hospital emergency room. Next, you should report the accident to your supervisor at your job, and request that you be provided with the necessary paperwork to make a workers’ compensation claim. Though you do have the option to complete and submit this paperwork yourself, it is generally advisable to speak to a Bronx workers’ compensation lawyer before making a formal statement about your accident or injuries to make sure that you do not write or say anything that may hurt your workers’ compensation case.
Once you have made an initial report of an on-the-job accident, you should speak to experienced workers’ compensation lawyers to discuss your claim and how to best prepare your written workers’ compensation claim forms to give you the best chance of obtaining full benefits. The experienced workers’ compensation lawyers in the network of the Jesse Minc Personal Injury Law will help you to understand your rights to workers’ compensation benefits and insurance coverage, and will help prepare you for the inevitable fight with your employer’s insurance company regarding your claims. Contact us today at (718) 354-8000 for a free consultation regarding your rights to workers’ compensation benefits if you are injured on the job in the Bronx or elsewhere in New York City.