Get Help If You Have Suffered Injuries in a New York Workplace Accident

While many workers understand that when they are injured on the job they have the right to pursue a NY workers' compensation claim, few understand the rules and guidelines of this process. In some cases, workers’ compensation may not apply at all or be extremely limited. However, if your work injuries were caused by a third-party, you may still be able to pursue a personal injury claim. In both situations, you will need to provide evidence of the injury and its connection to the negligence of the liable party, as well as the aid of a skilled attorney to advocate for your rights during the entire process. Only then will you have a chance of receiving adequate compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, and more.

If you have suffered an injury or illness related to your work, consult the New York on-the-job injury lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, to ensure you have the strongest claim possible. The rules surrounding work injuries and the actions employees can take afterward are complicated. Our legal team has spent years representing clients injured in New York and can inform you of your rights and legal options. Call our us today at (212) 986-7353 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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After an On-the-Job Injury, Do I Qualify for Workers' Compensation?

If you were injured while on the job, it should be a simple process to get the money owed to you through your workers' comp insurance. Unfortunately, the process can be difficult to navigate - especially alone. If you suffered an injury or became ill due to a harmful work environment, do not wait to get medical attention and inform your employer. The sooner you document your injuries, the better. Failing to report the work-related illness or injury could result in the loss of your rightful benefits.

It may seem simple to determine what counts as a "work-related injury,” but in certain situations, it may be more difficult. For example:

  • The incident occurred during the worker’s lunch break.
  • The incident occurred during a company event.
  • The incident occurred while traveling.
  • The incident occurred due to the worker's misconduct.
  • A preexisting condition was aggravated while performing a job duty.

In New York, you have two years from the date of your work-related accident to file a workers' compensation claim. If you miss this deadline, you may not be able to pursue financial compensation for your injuries. That is why it is important to get medical aid and report the accident as soon as possible to your employer so that you can receive compensation as early as possible.

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Injuries Your New York Workers’ Compensation Insurance Covers

Broadly put, workers’ compensation is expected to provide compensation for any injury you suffer while performing your duties, including injuries that occur over time and injuries that are caused by accidents.

Common injuries that workers’ compensation claims will cover include:

Given that New York appears to be in a constant state of construction, workers here are also at risk of suffering catastrophic injuries as a result of safety violations on a construction. However, individuals who work for restaurants, bars, offices, and retail spaces can also become severely injured depending on the nature of the accident. Types of accidents that commonly injure New York workers include:

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The Additional Dangers of Head Injuries

One of the deadliest situations a worker could face with an on-the-job injury is a brain injury, especially among construction workers or workers who suffer slip and fall accidents. Traumatic brain injuries, or closed head injuries, are often associated with severe brain damage that can lead to lifelong disabilities. However, this is not always the case: mild traumatic brain injuries like concussions are also extremely debilitating to New York workers and are still ignored by workers’ compensation boards and insurance companies when they shouldn’t be.

  • Mild seizures
  • Diminished concentration, inability to complete daily tasks
  • Hearing and balance disorders
  • Cognitive fatigue; frequent malaise, tiredness, or sluggishness
  • Personality changes, impulsive behavior, changes in behavior
  • Short-term memory loss, confusion, and difficulty remembering recent events
  • Impaired perception, alterations in speech
  • Severe headaches, nausea, and dizziness
  • Lack of standard motor function on one side of the body

It should be noted, while workers’ compensation may apply to your head injury, you may also be able to pursue a personal injury claim if a third-party was involved.

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Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Claims

The general rule is that on-the-job injuries are covered by workers' compensation insurance. Because of this, workers are also not able to pursue compensation in the form of a lawsuit or personal injury claim against their employer. However, there are exceptions to the rule, and while you generally cannot file a claim against your employer, you may be able to file against a third-party. The following are situations in which an injured worker may pursue compensation outside of workers’ comp:

  • If a defective product caused the injury.
  • If a toxic substance caused the injury.
  • If an employer does not carry workers' compensation insurance.
  • If a third-party is liable for the injury.

It's best to go over every option with a lawyer. The reward from a personal injury lawsuit can be much greater than the benefits provided by workers' compensation and can allow you to recover more comfortably. Third-party claims are a little different, however.

Workers’ compensation is designed to be “no-fault” insurance, meaning that you may be able to pursue it if you are injured on the job without having to demonstrate negligence. Personal injury claims, on the other hand, require you to prove that the third-party:

  • Owed you a duty of care
  • Acted negligently and broke that duty of care
  • In breaking that duty of care, they injured you
  • Those injuries resulted in financial and personal damages

Unlike workers’ compensation claims, you have up to three years to file a personal injury claim in the state of New York against a third-party. While you have more time, you will want to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Personal injury claims require in-depth investigations and substantial evidence in order to hold the at-fault party accountable. This can be made more difficult if your injuries were caused at a construction site or another business that is constantly changing its layout, potentially leading to a loss in evidence. However, if you talk to an attorney quickly, we may be able to collect evidence before it is damaged or lost.

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Compassionate Legal Representation for New York Injured Workers

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a workplace accident, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. At the law firm of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, our NY personal injury attorneys understand that injuries not only cause serious physical and financial damage, but major emotional trauma as well. We have dedicated our careers to providing clients with the best representation possible, helping them recover for their losses, whether it is a claim against an at-fault employer or third-party. To learn more about how we can apply our years of experience to your case, call (212) 986-7353 today for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.

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Our Workplace Accident Case Results

$5.95 Million - Union Bridge Painter Fell from Steel Support Beam

WRSMH attorneys successfully represented a union bridge painter who was injured when he fell from a steel beam bridge support.

Bryce Moses, Carmine Goncalves

$3.2 Million - Dock Worker Injured by Temporary Metal Staircase

Our client, a union dock worker, sustained multiple injuries while on the job.

Stephen Wagner

$3.1 Million - Paralyzed Laborer

Bryce Moses represented a 63 year old worker who was catastrophically injured when he fell from a ground level dumpster as he was loading construction debris.

Bryce Moses

$3.1 Million - Baggage Handler Injured by Airplane Striking Truck

Douglas Milch successfully represented a baggage handler who sustained injuries in a tarmac accident at the airport.

Douglas Milch

$3 Million - Injured Demolition Worker

A 44 year old demolition worker from Central America was injured when a brick wall that was being dismantled collapsed and fell on him.

Bryce Moses

$2.6 Million - Two Workers Injured in New York Elevator Accident

Two WRSMH clients obtained a large verdict after suffering injuries when they were in an elevator that crashed while at work.

Brielle Goldfaden

$2.3 Million - Painter Scaffolding Injury

A man fell from scaffolding while he was painting the canopy of an underground railway tunnel. He fell eight feet onto the train platform, injuring his shoulder, back and knee.

Bryce Moses

$2.2 Million - Scaffolding Fall Accident

Ken Halperin recently obtained a $2.2 million dollar settlement for a laborer who fell off a scaffold from a height of approximately 40 feet.

Kenneth Halperin

$1.95 Million - Worker Sustains Three Herniated Discs in Lower Back

Bill Hepner recently obtained a $1.95 million damages award at a binding arbitration on behalf of a client who was injured in a work-related accident.

William Hepner

$1.75 Million - Plumber's Apprentice Falls From Ladder

WRSMH attorney, Bryce Moses, recently obtained a $1,750,000 verdict for a thirty-nine year old non-union plumber who fell approximately six feet from a ladder while he was drilling holes in the ceiling for piping.

Bryce Moses

$1.4 Million - Elevator Mechanic Fell

Bryce had to try the case two times for our client. The first trial was interrupted by the 9/11 attacks and ended in a mistrial. Before jury selection began for the retrial, the case was settled for $1.4 Million.

Bryce Moses

$1.3 Million - Laborer Struck by Falling Pile Driver

WRSMH attorney Kenneth J. Halperin recently obtained a $1.3 million dollar settlement for a laborer who was struck by a falling pile that had just been driven into the ground.

Kenneth Halperin

$1.2 Million - Insulation Installer Suffered Severe Fall and Injuries

Our client was a laborer who suffered severe injuries when he fell through an opening in the attic floor while spraying insulation.

Frank Lombardo

$1.1 Million - Elevator Accident at Downtown Office Building - Spinal Injuries

A cleaner was injured in an elevator accident while at work in a Downtown Manhattan office building.

Brielle Goldfaden

$975,000 - Broadsided by Another Cargo Vehicle on the Airport Tarmac

Kenneth Halperin recently obtained a $975,000 settlement for an airport worker who was involved in a vehicular accident on the airport tarmac.

Kenneth Halperin

$925,000 - Worker at Auto Dealer Falls

Our client was hurt on the job while when he fell from a ripped awning at an auto dealership.

William Hepner

$850,000 - Recovery After Mediation for Cable Company Employee

Cliff Shapiro obtained an $850,000 recovery for a cable company employee who was injured on the job when he fell from a ladder.

Clifford Shapiro

$575,000 - Electrician Fell Off Ladder

Kenneth J. Halperin recently obtained a $575,000 settlement for an electrician who was injured at a construction site.

Kenneth Halperin

$550,000 - Laborer Falls Out Of Cherry Picker

Kenneth J. Halperin recently obtained a $550,000 settlement for a laborer who was injured while painting a portion of an elevated subway track.

Kenneth Halperin

$500,000 - Worksite Accident

Clifford H. Shapiro obtained a $500,000 recovery on behalf of a 41 year old carpenter who was working on the 12th floor of a building in New York City at the time of his accident.

Clifford Shapiro

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