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Workers’ Compensation | An Overview | Part Two

An Overview on Workers’ Compensation Queens, NY

In Part One, we talked about the origins of the workers’ compensation laws, as well as the basic framework–workers’ compensation essentially works as insurance that provides medical, wage and potential cash benefits to injured workers. In this blog, we’ll talk about fault and what you should do immediately following a workplace injury.

The New York Workers’ Compensation System is a No-Fault Law

Under the New York workers’ compensation program, it doesn’t matter who caused the accident—all that is required is that you were injured while working. Accordingly, even if it was your negligence or carelessness that caused the accident, you are still entitled to compensation. If your injuries are intentionally self-inflicted, you were intoxicated at the time the injury or you were performing tasks unrelated to your job at the time of the injury, you may not be eligible for benefits.

What to Do When You Have Been Injured at Work

In the aftermath of a workplace injury, the first thing you should always do is seek medical care, whether at a hospital, urgent care facility, company doctor or nurse or your own physician. The next steps include:

  • Informing your boss/supervisor within 30 days of the injury
  • Filing a claim with the New York Workers’ Compensation Board
  • Hiring an attorney to help you through the process
  • Remaining under medical care for as long as necessary

Workers’ Compensation | An Overview

Experienced NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx | Queens Workers Compensation Attorneys

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims for people in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

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About The Author

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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.