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Workers’ Compensation

A workplace injury is serious business. It can affect your performance or your ability to perform your job now or in the future. In the aftermath of an on-the-job accident, even the hardest working New Yorker may find it impossible to get back to work. That’s why New York State makes sure that every employer provides workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation provides money and benefits to injured employees. These benefits replace the income that is lost when you are unable to work and help you heal as completely and as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, many workers will encounter obstacles in their search for workers’ compensation benefits, even when their injuries obviously qualify for benefits. As unfair as it is, your employer’s insurance company will fight against your claim!

That’s why you need representation by experienced Syracuse area workers’ compensation lawyers like us. The attorneys at Oot & Associates, PLLC have successfully represented over 40,000 workers’ compensation claims! That record is hard to beat. We understand the toll of on-the-job injuries and their long-lasting repercussions. As one of the most well-respected and successful Syracuse workers’ compensation attorney offices, you can rely on us to fight for your success in your search for compensation and recovery from your loss.

To learn more about your rights as an injured worker in New York State and how we may be able to help watch these brief videos and call toll-free at 800.435.8457 to receive a FREE consultation from our Syracuse workers’ compensation lawyers.

What Injuries Qualify for Workers’ Compensation in New York?

If you have been injured while at work, it is vital to understand what is and is not covered by New York’s workers’ compensation laws. These rules create strict guidelines concerning workers and their rights to pursue compensation. Just because you were at work when you were injured does not mean that you automatically qualify for benefits.

To be covered by New York compensation laws, your injury-causing incident must fall into the following categories:

  • You must work for a company and in a capacity that is mandated to have workers’ compensation coverage under New York law.
  • The injury, illness, or disability that you suffered occurred because of your job and while you were performing the duties involved in your employment.
  • Your employer has notice of the incident that caused your injury or illness within 30 days of when it happened.
  • A medical report states that your injury, disability, or illness was caused by an on-the-job accident or condition.
What are Workers’ Compensation Benefits in New York?

New York State law provides many different types of benefits for injured workers, with the goals of preventing financial hardship and helping victims return to work as soon as possible.

If you are found to qualify for workers’ compensation, you can receive benefits including:

  • Payments equal to 2/3 of your average weekly wage for total disability
  • Reduced earning compensation to make up for a decreased ability to work if you have suffered a partial disability
  • Medical treatment from doctors and chiropractors that is paid by the workers’ compensation provider
  • Compensation for extremity injuries, such as damage to arms, legs, hands, and feet or a facial scar, even when the damage does not keep you from working
  • Reimbursement for traveling to doctors or therapists and out-of-pocket expenses related to your injury, such as bandages and prescriptions
How Can A New York Workers’ Comp Attorney Help You With Your Claim?

These benefits are based on the nature of your injuries, the amount of time you will be unable to work, and what is needed for recovery. As such, it is vital that you collect evidence and testimony that proves the true extent of your losses so that you can gain fair and full compensation. Injured workers will have to be regularly evaluated by doctors and complete hearings with the Workers’ Compensation Board to prove that their injuries or disabilities are still present and preventing work.

Without workers’ compensation benefits, the cost of recovery and lost wages from being unable to work can fall squarely on your shoulders with no assistance from insurance providers. A dedicated NY workers’ compensation attorney can help you secure the settlement you need.

Does a Workers’ Comp Case Affect Job Security?

Many workers who have been injured at work may feel that they can’t bring a workers’ compensation claim out of fear of losing their job. New York workers often assume that pursuing a workers’ compensation claim will cost their employer money. This is not true. The vast majority of New York businesses carry workers’ compensation insurance so they don’t have to pay for worker injuries out of the company’s pocket. Your workers’ compensation claim should have no bearing on your job security.

Contact Us: FREE Consultation

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact the New York attorneys at Oot & Associates, PLLC for a FREE consultation toll-free at 800.435.8457, or in the immediate area at 315.471.6687, and in the north country at 315.379.1466.

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