New York Workers’ Compensation
If you have been injured on a job site, you may be eligible to receive compensation for any lost wages, medical expenses, or other damages you have suffered. Here is some important information on New York workers’ compensation laws.
New York Workers’ Compensation | Who is Covered?
In order to recover workers’ compensation, you must have been accidentally injured while on the job, in your position as a working employee. Additionally, your injuries must be related to the job. For instance, if you’re a professional painter and hurt your back while painting a customer’s house, that’s probably covered.
Even if you meet the requirements, you could still be ineligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. This is likely if you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the injury, or if you were acting inappropriately while on the job. Engaging in horseplay, or knowingly and intentionally misusing equipment are both reasons to have your workers’ compensation claim denied.
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New York Workers’ Compensation | Types of Benefits
If you have been injured at your place of employment, the benefits you may expect to receive will depend upon the extent of the injury, and your ability therein to return to work. Retaining a good attorney at this point will prove to be incredibly beneficial because they will ensure that you receive the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.
Types of workers’ comp benefits to which you may be entitled include:
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Medical expenses reimbursement
- Disability pay
- Travel expenses to and from doctor appointments
The type and amount of weekly workers compensation benefits you receive depends upon your injury and the extent to which it prevents you from working. If you are completely disabled, you will receive more than if you are partially disabled. And if you are able to work light duty, you may qualify for a small amount of benefits in addition to your salary.
If you have been injured on a job site due to someone else’s negligence, please contact our experienced Buffalo workers’ compensation lawyers today for an initial consultation.