No matter where you work, you expect your employer to keep you safe from serious injuries and illnesses. Unfortunately, workplace injuries are all too common in New York, with an incident rate of around 2.2 cases for every 100 employees.
You’re likely eligible for workers’ compensation if you suffer an injury or illness while on the job. But the workers’ comp process isn’t always straightforward. Our Brooklyn workers’ compensation lawyers at Pyrros, Serres & Rupwani are here to guide you through your claim and improve your chances of securing adequate compensation.
We’ll begin with a free case evaluation to discuss your workplace accident and explain how we can help. Call us today at 718-626-7730 to schedule your case evaluation.
Work-related injuries or illnesses can happen in any industry, but construction and extraction occupations see more workplace accidents than any other industry in New York. Common examples of workplace injuries in any occupation include:
Some workplace injuries tend to be more severe than others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following injuries are the leading causes of workplace fatalities in New York City:
If your injury happened at work or while fulfilling your job duties, you probably qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
The New York Workers’ Compensation Board requires virtually all employers to provide workers’ comp benefits to their employees. Your employer is legally required to post notice of their workers’ comp benefits within their business.
You may qualify for workers’ compensation regardless of whose fault the injury was. Even if you tripped over your own two feet or fell out of your office chair, you’ll likely qualify for benefits.
Below are a few cases in which you may not qualify for workers’ compensation:
Your workers’ compensation lawyers in Brooklyn can evaluate the circumstances of your injury and help you understand whether you qualify for workers’ comp.
You can file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits by submitting the C-3 employee claim form to the New York Workers’ Compensation Board. The form will ask for details about:
Your employer is responsible for alerting their insurance carrier about your workers’ compensation claim. You can expect the insurance carrier to provide you with a Statement of Benefits within 14 days of your employer notifying them. Then, if the insurance carrier approves your claim, you should see your first benefit payment within 18 days of the accident.
Workers’ compensation claims aren’t always as straightforward as they sound. Sometimes, insurance companies deny claims for no good reason. Your employer may refuse to comply with the workers’ comp process, denying that your injury happened at work. You may also wonder whether you should file for workers’ compensation or seek compensation in another way, such as a personal injury lawsuit.
Hiring a Brooklyn workers’ compensation lawyer to assist you is a good idea for all of these reasons and more. Your attorney can help you in all the following ways:
At Pyrros, Serres & Rupwani, we have represented numerous injured workers across Brooklyn and the greater New York City area. We’ll provide personalized, knowledgeable legal guidance to help you secure adequate compensation and move forward from your injuries.
Call us today at 718-626-7730 or text us at 646-902-4588 for your free case evaluation. Then check out our recent blog post for more on identifying a work-related injury.
The statute of limitations is two years from the date of your injury. Failing to file by this deadline may prevent you from securing benefits.
Employers who are required to offer workers’ comp benefits but fail to provide this coverage may face a fine of $1,000 for every 10 days of non-compliance.
You may need a workers’ compensation attorney if you’re unfamiliar with the claims process, your employer isn’t cooperating, the insurance carrier has denied your claim or you simply need legal advice. Brooklyn workers’ compensation lawyers can guide you through the workers’ comp process and seek the maximum compensation on your behalf.