New York Workers’ Compensation Claims
Were You Injured At Work? Get ALL Of The Compensation You Deserve.
If you are seriously injured in a workplace accident, every aspect of your life is affected. Your income has stopped because you are unable to work, medical treatment and pain can keep you from engaging in normal life activities, and you may feel helpless and depressed.
Why You Need To Talk To A Personal Injury Lawyer
Most injured construction workers turn to a New York workers’ compensation lawyer for help right after an accident. Unfortunately, many New York workers’ comp lawyers do not analyze potential injury claims correctly or comprehensively. This means that if you are injured while working a construction job, you may not get all the compensation to which you are entitled.
At the New York City law firm of Edelman & Edelman, P.C., we frequently talk to construction workers — just like you — who are entitled to much more compensation after a workplace accident than a workers’ compensation claim can provide. You may have a valuable claim under laws that were drafted specifically to protect injured New York construction workers.
The New York Labor Law provides special protections to construction workers who are injured on the job. Unfortunately, if you hire a New York workers’ compensation attorney before talking to us, it may be too late to get you the compensation you deserve.
Don’t Hurt Your Chances For A Full Recovery. Talk To Us First.
It is important to talk to our personal injury lawyers before you begin the workers’ compensation claim process. New York’s construction safety laws may provide you with far more compensation than a workers’ compensation claim can. We’ve recovered millions for our clients.
How Are Labor Law And Work Comp Benefits Different?
If you start the workers’ compensation process first, your rights to additional compensation under New York labor law may not be preserved. Here’s how the two types of cases are different:
- Pain and suffering: Workers’ compensation claims do not compensate you for any pain or suffering. A labor law claim takes into account what you went through immediately following your accident as well as what you may suffer for the rest of your life.
- Lost wages: Workers’ comp benefits only pay up to about 66 percent of your lost wages based on your average weekly income from the past calendar year. If your normal income as a construction worker is high, you may not be able to collect even that much. Personal injury claims can help you recover 100% of your lost earnings, plus future earnings you lost due to the accident.
- Continuing medical expenses: Once a workers’ comp claim is settled, your rights to continued medical treatment will be extremely limited or cut off completely. A personal injury claim can provide you with a lifetime of continuous and unlimited medical care.
- Benefits running out: Many workers’ compensation benefits end within a few years of an accident. Personal injury claims may allow you to obtain compensation for the rest of your life.
You can have both your personal injury and workers’ compensation cases going through the claims processes at the same time, but they MUST be coordinated. If the two attorneys for each case are not working together to get you the best outcome and if these two types of claims are not properly coordinated, both cases could be easily and adversely affected.
What NOT To Do After A Workplace Accident Or Injury
Don’t ignore your personal injury claim: While a New York workers’ comp lawyer may say your claim isn’t worth much, you may have a valuable personal injury claim.
Don’t accept less than you are owed: Many workers’ comp benefits run out after just a few years. Other types of claims can take care of you for the rest of your life.
Don’t be a victim twice: Avoid common mistakes made by injured construction workers such as:
- Accepting a Section 32 settlement: This type of settlement requires you to state to the workers’ compensation judge that you need no future care. Unfortunately, settling your future workers’ compensation claim for an immediate lump sum payment may keep you from collecting compensation from a potential personal injury case.
- Settling too quickly: Don’t settle because you need money now. We will set you up with a funding company that can help you with your immediate cash needs so you afford to wait for a larger payout on your case.
- Ignoring a valuable personal injury claim: Talk to one of our attorneys before talking to a work comp attorney to learn about all of your options.
- Selling out on your future rights to compensation: Litigating or negotiating the amount of lifetime medical benefits or lost wages with a New York workers’ compensation lawyer. You may be entitled to a lifetime of care and income.
- Settling for thousands of dollars when you may be entitled to millions.
Free Consultation ~ No Obligation ~ Call Now
You do not need to face this difficult time on your own. Contact Edelman & Edelman, P.C., to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced New York personal injury attorneys. We handle third-party injury claims on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing unless we win. Call today at 212-235-1197 or send us an email to learn about your options before it’s too late.