When you’ve been hurt on the job in New York, you have the right to seek benefits to cover your lost wages and income, so that you can continue to meet your financial obligations and provide for your family. In addition, you are entitled to reimbursement or payment of certain medical expenses.

Q: What types of injuries are covered?  

A: Under New York’s workers’ compensation laws, you are entitled to payment of medical expenses associated with a wide range of injuries, including those suffered in traumatic accidents, those resulting from repetitive stress or motion, those caused by exposure to toxic or harmful substances (causing occupational illness or disease) and those leading to emotional or mental stress or illness.

Q: Are Heart Attacks and Strokes Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

A: With proper proof, you can obtain benefits for such non-traumatic injuries as heart attacks and strokes. You will need to establish a link between your work (or the work environment) and the heart attack/stroke. For example, you may succeed in a workers’ compensation claim if you can show that your employer caused you significant stress, which led to high blood pressure and a heart attack/stroke. You can even recover if you had a pre-existing heart or vascular condition, if you can show that the stress of the job aggravated it.

Q: Can You Recover for Injuries Caused by Inhaling Fumes, Smoke or Other Substances?

A: Absolutely. Exposure to toxic substances can lead to occupational illness or injury. Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, cancer, silicosis, asthma and other similar conditions can all qualify you for workers’ compensation benefits.

Q: Will Workers’ Compensation Pay for any Medication I Need?

A: Yes, provided it was legally prescribed by a licensed physician. Your pharmacy may bill the workers’ compensation insurance carrier directly, or must reimburse you within 45 days of receipt of a bill and letter from your attending physician.

Can I recover compensation for medical expenses, even if I don’t miss any work?

A: Under New York law, you may still seek workers’ compensation benefits, even if you never received cash benefits for lost time at work.

Effective Workers’ Compensation Lawyers—Queens | New York City

At Pyrros & Serres, we handle all types of work injury cases, including claims involving:

Occupational Illness or Disease | Back and Neck Injury | Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) | Fractures | Burns | Paralysis | Spinal Cord Injury | Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement | Amputation or Loss of Limb | Shoulder, Arm, Hand and Finger Injury | Hip, Leg, Foot and Toe Injury | Hearing or Vision Loss | Accidental Death

We offer more than 50 year of combined workers’ compensation experience to injured workers throughout the greater NYC area, including the borough of Queens. We built our practice on a commitment to the highest levels of personal service and attention, making certain we learn the details of your injury, so that we can fully protect your rights. We work closely with colleagues in the legal profession, offering our experience, skills, knowledge and resources to your clients who have been hurt on the job.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Workers’ Compensation Attorneys—Queens, New York


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