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What Are the NY Workers’ Compensation Cash Benefits?

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Under New York’s workers’ compensation laws, if you have been hurt on the job, you are potentially entitled to compensation for:

  • All medical costs associated with the injury
  • A percentage of your lost wages or income
  • A cash payment for certain types of permanent injuries

To determine the amount of the cash payments to you for lost wages, the law starts with a determination of your average weekly wage (AWW) for the 52-week period immediately preceding your injury. If your injury prevents you from working at all, you may then receive up to 2/3rds of your average weekly wage. There is, however, a cap on the amount that you can receive per week—the current cap, established in 2015, is $844.29 per week. It’s important to understand that, if you are out of work because of a work-related injury, you must remain under the care of your doctor to qualify for cash benefits for lost wages. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may be entitled to benefits for up to 10 years, or even for life, if you are permanently and totally disabled.

Additional Cash Benefits in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Depending on the type of injury, if there’s a permanent injury, you may be entitled to a cash award or settlement. If there’s any type of permanent injury to an extremity, from arms, hands and fingers to toes, feet, and even eyes and ears, you may have the right to a cash award for that permanent loss. Such payments are typically paid about a year after you file your initial claim. These types of awards are what are typically known as “schedule” awards, as they are based on schedule that pays a certain amount for a certain type of injury. For example, there’s a specific dollar amount that gets paid for the loss of a finger or hand, or for the loss of use of a specific body part.

What Are the New York Workers’ Compensation Cash Benefits?

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Michael Serres, ESQ.

Michael Serres, ESQ. is a reputed Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Astoria, Queens, NY. He graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1989. Mr. Serres was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1990 and is admitted in the Federal District Courts for the Southern and the Eastern Districts of New York. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Workers’ Compensation Bar Association and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Queens County Bar Association.