New York City Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
When you are hurt on a construction site or at any workplace, you may be entitled to cash benefits and medical care under the New York State Workers’ Compensation Law. Even if you lose no time from work, you may still be entitled to a substantial tax free monetary award and all medical care paid 100% (no co-pays or deductibles).
When you are injured on the job, you should seek prompt medical treatment and notify your employer as soon as possible. Tell the first medical provider that you were injured on the job and that workers’ compensation will pay the medical bills.
After you have received your initial medical treatment, you should contact experienced workers’ compensation lawyers like Hansen & Associates, no matter how serious your injury. We will protect your rights with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board so that you receive all the medical care and compensation you deserve.
- Compensation: In New York, if you are injured on the job and cannot return to work, you are entitled to lost wage benefits equal to 2/3 of your average weekly wages (tax-free), up to a cap of $844.29 effective July 1, 2015. In addition, even if you do not lose any time from work, you may be entitled to a substantial cash award. You should contact an experienced workers’ compensation law firm like Hansen & Associates to find out what benefits you may be entitled to under the New York Workers’ Compensation Law.
- Medical Benefits: If you have a work related accident and injury, the New York Workers’ Compensation Law provides you with 100% medical coverage for all your work-related injuries. Medical benefits include emergency treatment, hospitalization, diagnostic tests, x-rays, MRI’s, medical procedures, physical therapy, pain management, prescription drugs and other services necessary to treat the injured worker. You may be entitled to these medical benefits for life if you file your claim properly. This is another good reason to speak to an experienced workers’ compensation law firm like Hansen & Associates as soon as possible and before you file any claim.
- Death Benefits: If a loved one dies from a work-related injury, the worker’s spouse, minor children and/or other dependents and survivors, or Estate, may be entitled to collect workers’ compensation death benefits. Death benefits are paid at the rate of 2/3 of the deceased worker’s average weekly wage up to the current maximum benefit at the time of death, $844.29 effective July 1, 2015. Widows or widowers may be entitled to these benefits for life, unless they re-marry. In Metropolitan New York counties, up to $6,000 may be paid in funeral expenses. In all other counties in New York State, up to $5,000 may be provided to cover funeral expenses. Workers’ compensation death claims are both tragic and financially devastating for a workers family. It is crucial for anyone who has lost a loved one from a work-related accident to contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible.
Workers’ compensation is a “no fault” law which means you are entitled to benefits even if you were at fault in causing your accident. All employers in New York State must have workers’ compensation insurance. Filing for workers’ compensation benefits does not mean you are filing a lawsuit against your employer. It simply means you are protecting your rights to future medical treatment and lost wages through the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.
However, if you were injured on a construction site, you may be able to sue someone who is not your employer. Only an experienced workers’ compensation and construction site accident attorney like Daniel Hansen can help tell you all your rights when you are hurt on a construction site. Call him today toll free at 1-844-426-7385, 24/7 to discuss your case.
- Social Security Disability Benefits: In New York, workers who are injured on the job and cannot return to work may be eligible for federal Social Security disability benefits in addition to their New York State Workers’ Compensation benefits. Depending on your prior wages, a combination of both workers’ compensation and Social Security disability benefits may add up to 80% of your prior earnings before your on-the-job accident. However, it is hard to coordinate both these different benefits to maximize your benefits while out of work and eligibility for Social Security disability is strict. You should talk to an experienced Social Security disability attorney at Hansen & Associates if you have an injury that is likely to keep you from working for over 12 months.
What You Need to Do
If you have suffered a workplace injury and believe that you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, contact a workers compensation lawyer at the New York law firm of Hansen & Associates immediately. We can explain your rights and help you recover the full compensation and benefits that you are legally entitled to. Call us Today at 1-844-426-7385 for a free consultation.