Going to work should never be something that directly threatens your health. There are many safety regulations and laws in place to protect the rights of Long Island City workers. Still, many employees get injured on the job every day.
If you have a work-related illness or injury, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers at Shulman & Hill for a free legal consultation. We have the necessary skills and expertise to protect your rights to compensation in the event of a workplace injury.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Most New York businesses are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation is designed to cover medical treatment and lost wages that are the result of a workplace injury that occurs while an individual is performing their job.
In the event that a worker is injured or becomes ill because of the conditions and responsibilities of their workplace, the worker files a claim against the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. The injured or sick worker files this claim for compensation for their medical expenses and time off from work while they are recovering.
Potential Workers’ Compensation Conflicts
Not all workers’ compensation claims are immediately approved. An employer’s insurer may dispute whether or not an injury occurred during the course of employment, or if the injury exists at all. Situations like these are why it can be helpful to work with a Long Island City attorney to help file your workers’ compensation claim. A claim could be disputed or denied if:
- The paperwork is not filled out correctly or is missing information
- Your employer denies that the accident happened at work and no witnesses can support your account of the event
- There is not sufficient proof that your injury was a result of the work accident
- You did not seek medical attention soon enough after the injury
Due to the sometimes complex nature of pursuing Long Island City workers’ compensation, you should consult the attorneys at Shulman & Hill to help you navigate the process of filing a claim.
Workers’ Compensation for Long-Term Illnesses
New York workers’ compensation also covers long-term medical issues. The state of New York recognizes that many health problems can be caused by repeated exposure to harmful elements in the workplace. Long-term health issues such as hearing loss, cancer, or lung disease are covered under New York workers’ compensation.
If you are suffering from a longer-term health problem that arose because of your work conditions, you may be required to stop working altogether to undergo treatment, depriving you of a necessary paycheck while you face expensive medical care.
In cases like these, it is best to have a Long Island City workers’ compensation attorney on your side to help you pursue benefits. Since health conditions may not be noticeable until months or years after you were first exposed to the hazardous working conditions that caused your illness or hearing damage, it can be more difficult to show that you qualify for workers’ compensation. A reputable workers’ compensation law firm like Shulman & Hill can help you investigate your previous work history to show how your illness or health condition was caused by your work responsibilities.
What to Do if You Are Injured at Work
To successfully pursue a workers’ compensation claim, there are a few steps you should follow after being injured or receiving a work-related medical diagnosis:
- Seek immediate medical attention, even if you do not think you are seriously injured
- Alert your supervisor to your injury as soon as you are able to
- Collect contact information and statements from any available witnesses
- Consult an attorney to help you submit a workers’ compensation claim
How a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help You
Alerting You If You May Qualify for Additional Compensation
In some cases, a party other than your employer may have contributed to your accident or illness. Our personal injury attorneys can help you pursue a lawsuit against the contractor or property owner who may be held financially responsible for your injuries. If you qualify for a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover additional compensation for losses not covered by workers’ compensation, including pain and suffering.
An Attorney Will Negotiate On Your Behalf
Our legal team can help you get your workers’ compensation claim approved in a timely manner. If the insurance company tries to challenge your right to compensation, we can help you gather evidence and other supporting materials to help overcome a denial.
The attorneys at Shulman & Hill have negotiated with insurance companies for years and they understand the way most insurers operate. We can handle all major correspondence with the insurers, minimizing the risk of harming your claim, and will negotiate aggressively on your behalf to help you recover compensation.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
Over the years, Shulman & Hill has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for numerous injured clients. Our many successes are the result of our aggressive and meticulous representation, personalized for each and every case.
While many Long Island City workers’ compensation attorneys may claim they can help you recover your benefits, we have the track record to prove it. To learn more about how we can help, call us today at 212-221-1000 or schedule your free case evaluation online. We can review your case and help you understand your legal rights and options for pursuing compensation.