Experienced Queens Workers Compensation Attorneys
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.