Workers’ Compensation: What It Is and Do You Need a New York Work Related Injury Lawyer
When people think about workers’ compensation, they generally think of jobs that are considered more dangerous than others: police officers, construction workers, firefighters, and truck drivers. Some of the most common workers’ compensation claims filed are for overexertion, slips and falls, being struck by an object – which can happen to anyone in any job in any setting. It’s important to know what workers’ compensation is, when you may need it, and if and when you may need a New York work related injury lawyer.
Definition of Workers’ Compensation
In layman’s terms, workers’ compensation is for any injury that happens while you are at work or doing a work-related function such as operating heavy machinery or staring at a computer for long periods of time. It’s important that you can prove the injury was a result of something work-related and not merely an injury.
For example, if you had to run an errand for your office and you are in a car accident and injured on your way back to the office, any expenses incurred would be eligible for workers’ compensation. Now, if on that same trip you stopped by the grocery store to pick up something for dinner for your family and you are in an accident in the parking lot, those expenses would not be covered. The key difference is that in the first example, this accident may not have occurred if you had not been performing a task for your employer – you would have not been in that intersection if it wasn’t for your job.
Types of Injuries That Qualify for Workers’ Compensation
There are a wide variety of injuries that can be eligible to receive workers compensation benefits. A work related injury lawyer in New York can evaluate your situation, but the following are some common examples.
- Slips and falls – If you slip and fall down the stairs in your office building, your expenses would be eligible.
- Heavy machinery accidents – Many jobs require employees to operate heavy machinery which could be dangerous if not used properly. Even with extensive training, accidents happen and would qualify for workers compensation.
- Overexertion – This type of injury can happen to anyone and can include repetitive motions in construction work or carpal tunnel or tendonitis as a result of an office job.
- Traffic accidents – While most common in truck drivers, as mentioned in a previous example, traffic accidents can happen when running a business errand or traveling for work on a business trip.
When Should You Seek the Advice of a New York Work Related Injury Lawyer?
Most workers’ compensation claims are pretty simple and it’s obvious to all parties (including the insurance companies) that this was a work-related injury or happened at the workplace. But for some cases, insurance companies can deny your claim. This can happen if you miss the deadline for filing your claim, have a preexisting condition, or the insurance company questions if this injury occurred at work.
If your workers’ compensation claim was denied by the insurance company, reach out to one a work related injury lawyer from our firm. A good work related injury lawyer can help you launch your own investigation and get you the compensation you need. They will focus on the details and paperwork while you can focus on your recovery.
If you would like to speak with a New York work related injury lawyer, contact Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C. for a free and confidential case evaluation.