More than one-and-a-half million workplace accidents happen every year, leaving thousands of employees out of work while recovering from their injuries. Some individuals are even killed in catastrophic workplace accidents. New York City has a particularly high rate of work accidents, especially in the construction field. Greenberg & Stein, P.C. is prepared to fight for injured workers and their families so that they receive the benefits they need to survive.
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Workers’ compensation is a state-regulated benefits system for injured workers. Employers who carry workers’ compensation insurance must provide coverage to their employees when they are injured on the job or develop an occupational illness. Workers’ comp or “workman’s comp” provides benefits in the form of:
In exchange for workers’ compensation coverage, the injured employee relinquishes his or her right to sue the employer for tort of negligence. If your employer refuses to live up to their end of what has come to be known as the “compensation bargain,” you can legally take action to hold them accountable for their professional responsibilities.
Accepting workers’ compensation benefits means that you no longer have the right to sue your employer, but you may still be able to file a lawsuit against a third party. For example, if an electrician is injured at the workplace, and the accident was caused by a faulty piece of equipment, not only could the electrician receive workers’ compensation coverage from their employer – the electrician could potentially file a third party liability claim against the manufacturer of the faulty equipment.
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If you or a loved one was injured at the workplace, you may need an attorney to protect your rights. Most workers are entitled to workers’ compensation or some form of insurance benefits if they are injured or become ill in conjunction with performing their job duties. Our New York City workplace accident lawyers exist to protect your right to those benefits. We can help you file a workers’ compensation claim, appeal a denied claim and even file a personal injury claim against a third party. For a free evaluation of your case, contact our firm today!