New York Workers Compensation Attorney
Poughkeepsie Workers Comp Lawyer
The lawyers at Ellis Law, together with our co-counsel, represent employees and workers throughout New York who have been injured on the job. Workers who are hurt or injured while performing their work duties are covered by the New York Workers' Compensation Law (Workers' Comp). The workers' compensation statutes govern how much an injured employee can recover from his or her employee as a result of a work-related injury.
If you have been injured in a factory or workplace accident, please call us at 1-800-LAW-7777 (1-800-529-7777 Toll-Free Nationwide) to talk to an experienced workers' compensation lawyer.
Skillfully Handling New York Workers' Compensation Claims and Appeals
The workers' compensation lawyers at Ellis Law can help you file your workers' comp claim for medical treatment, wage loss, and disability benefits. In New York, workers' compensation benefits can include payment of medical bills, vocational rehabilitative benefits, job training, temporary total disability benefits, permanent partial disability benefits, total disability benefits, and death benefits if the employee died as a result of a work-related injury.
Also, while many Workers' Compensation claims are resolved to the satisfaction of the injured employee, employer, and its workers' comp insurance company, there are times when you, as an injured employee will disagree with a denial of benefits or other decision made in your case. Our experienced workers' compensation lawyers can also help you challenge an unfavorable decision by the New York Workers' Compensation Board.
Third Party Liability for Workplace Accidents
Generally, an injured worker in New York may not sue his employer for ordinary negligence when an injury occurs at work. The exclusive remedy provision of the New York Workers' Compensation Law protects employers from being sued by their employees for on-the-job injuries. Claims must be filed with the New York Workers' Compensation Board, the state agency charged with administering claims under the New York Workers' Compensation Law.
However, in certain cases, an injured employee may sue another party (besides his or her employer) to recover an insurance settlement in addition to workers' comp. In an action against a third party, the injured workers may be able to recover damages not compensable by work comp, such as damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress and reduced quality of life. Third parties who can be liable for work-related injuries include: negligent drivers, who cause motor vehicle accidents; manufacturers of defective products or equipment; and negligent contractors or others responsible for dangerous conditions on construction sites.
Fighting for Fair Compensation for all Types of Work Injuries
Work-related injuries or illnesses that commonly trigger a Workers' Compensation claim or coverage under the New York Workers' Compensation Law include:
- Spinal cord injury caused by falls from scaffolds, ladders, and roofs
- Brain damage or head injury caused by objects falling onto a worker on a construction site
- Factory injuries
- Abrasions, contusions and lacerations
- Asbestos exposure and occupational diseases such as lung cancer
- Back injuries, knee injuries, neck injuries and shoulder injuries
- Burns, disfigurement and scarring
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and repetitive stress injuries (RSI)
- Work-related stress, emotional and psychiatric disabilities
- Eye injuries and hearing problems
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Work-induced heart attacks and strokes
- Construction site injuries
To find out more about your rights as a victim of a work-related injury or illness, please call us at 1-800-COMP-LAW for a free attorney consultation.