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At the law office of Pyrros & Serres LLP, our lawyers bring 75 years of combined legal experience to injured people throughout Astoria, Queens and the state of New York. A hallmark of our practice has always been our commitment to provide individualized attention to every client. Because our firm treats clients with compassion, courtesy and respect, existing or former clients refer most of our new cases to us. We pledge to use our extensive knowledge, skill, experience and resources to help you get the results you want and deserve.

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To learn more about your rights in a workers’ compensation, Social Security disability or personal injury claim, read the blog posts below.

Why Would a Workers’ Compensation Hearing Be Scheduled

When you’ve been injured on the job, it should be a simple process to get the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled, right? It’s just a matter of notifying your employer, getting confirmation of your injuries from a doctor, and filling out the appropriate paperwork, isn’t it? So you’ve done that, but now you’ve received a notice that a hearing will be scheduled to determine whether you’ll get benefits. Why would there need to be a hearing? Here are some of the reason the workers’ compensation judge may schedule a hearing.

Can You Lose Your Job for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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Your employer has a vested interest in not paying a workers’ compensation claim or in minimizing the amount paid to you, as any legitimate claims paid will typically increase their workers’ compensation insurance premiums. In addition, when you are off work because of an injury, your employer may feel the need to replace you to meet production goals. Can your employer terminate you because you’ve filed a workers’ compensation claim, whether in retaliation for filing the claim or to fill your position?

Will a Pre-Existing Injury Bar You from Collecting for a New Injury?

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Let’s suppose that you hurt your neck in a work-related accident a couple years ago, or five years ago, and you successfully filed a workers’ compensation claim. You recovered from your injury and went back to work. Now you suffer another injury at work, also to your neck. Will your employer be able to successfully deny your claim, arguing that the injury was a pre-existing condition and that the injury was not caused by your employment?

Can You Still Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits if You Go Back to Work?

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You were hurt on the job and out of work for a while. You’ve been able to find a job that your injuries allow you to perform, but it pays less than your prior position paid. Can you take the job at a lower wage and still get benefits under a workers’ compensation claim? The answer is yes.

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Third Party Claims for Work-Related Injuries

You’ve been hurt on the job. Maybe you were in a car accident while performing the duties of your employment. Maybe you slipped and fell, or were hurt when a machine or tool malfunctioned. Your first course of action will likely be to file a workers’ compensation claim. Under New York law, when you’ve been hurt on the job, you have a right to seek benefits through such a claim.
But is that your only recourse to recover compensation? Not necessarily.

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