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The Best New York Workplace Injury Attorneys are Here to Help

A workplace injury brings with it the potential to disrupt your life and the need for extensive medical care. Besides, you might need time to recuperate, which might lead to a loss in income. What helps is you might be able to receive compensation from your employer or even a third-party.

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Why Seek Legal Assistance?

Dealing with the after-effects of a workplace accident can be daunting, all the more so because you might be up against your employer. Seeking legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer is the ideal way to go because of different reasons.

  • Determining liability. An attorney can help determine who should be held liable for a workplace accident, be it an employer or a third-party. In some cases, more than one person/entity can be held responsible.
  • Valuing your claim. An experienced attorney can help you determine how much to seek as compensation after taking the specifics of your case into consideration.
  • Receiving compensation. Employers and their insurance companies are known to fight such cases with vigor, which might have an adverse on the compensation you may or may not receive. With an attorney by your side, you up the possibility of success.

Common Types of Workplace Accidents

Workplace injuries take place because of different types of accidents, and the most common ones include:

  • Crushing accidents
  • Lifting accidents
  • Falling objects
  • Fires/explosions
  • Exposure to toxic/harmful substances
  • Exposure to electricity
  • Violence
  • Slips, trips, and falls

Common Types of Injuries

Workplace accidents lead to injuries that vary in severity. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Fractures
  • Chemical/thermal burns
  • Electrocution
  • Cuts/bruises/lacerations
  • Amputation
  • Loss of hearing/vision
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Brain injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Paralysis
Can You Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Barring some exceptions, employers in New York need to have workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. This helps cover the cost of lost wages and medical expenses when an employee is involved in a workplace accident. However, if you opt for workers’ compensation benefits, you lose the right to seek damages from your employer.

While it might be easier to get workers’ compensation benefits than damages from your employer, you’ll need to seek treatment from a pre-approved medical provider. Besides, workers’ compensation does not provide for aspects such as physical/mental suffering and loss of companionship.

What About Filing a Third-Party Claim?

You may consider filing a third-party liability claim against an individual/entity other than your employer who is partially or completely responsible for your workplace injury. This may include a manufacturer, a vendor, or a subcontractor. You may sue a third-party even if you receive workers’ compensation benefits.

How We Can Help

There can be much at stake when it comes to dealing with a workplace accident claim, which is why it’s best that you get an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your case. Our expert attorneys have handled different types of workplace accident cases, and we ensure leaving no stone unturned when it comes to fighting for your rights.