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Workplace Injuries

Legal Help After an Injury at Work

Unless at a construction site, factory, or another workplace that is known to frequently cause injuries, many people ignore the risks associated with their day-to-day jobs. Unfortunately, this is a misconception. Injuries can occur anywhere, from restaurants to office environments.

An employer’s workers’ compensation insurance is meant to protect employees by providing benefits following a workplace injury. All too often, however, this compensation does not adequately cover all your costs and does not provide for non-economic damages, such as emotional pain and suffering. In order to fully understand your rights, we encourage you to speak with an experienced New York workplace injury attorney who can walk you through your legal options.

At Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP, we understand the difficulty of adjusting to your life following a workplace accident. Depending on the job and the injury, you might find yourself unable to work for a long time. Our team of personal injury lawyers is here to help. If you would like to learn more about how you can protect your future, contact our office at 212-203-4795.

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Common Types of Workplace Injuries

Most places of employment are rife with rules and regulations that protect employees and customers alike. When those rules are not properly enforced by the employer, however, accidents are likely to occur. The range of possible injuries can vary from workplace to workplace, but some of the most common include:

  • Slip-and-fall: Every place of business has an obligation to keep their premises safe, clean, and risk-free for customers and employees alike. When floors are wet from being cleaned or spilled on, the employer must ensure it is cleaned up quickly or provide warning that the area is a slip-and-fall risk. When they fail to provide adequate warning, this can result in bone fractures, severe cuts, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • Burn injuries: When you work in a restaurant, a factory, or another jobsite that deals with hot liquids, burns can easily occur if proper precautions are not taken. Burn injuries are scaled from a first-degree burn (which is superficial and mildly painful) to a fourth-degree burn (which extends all the way to the bone and is often life-threatening).
  • Electrical injuries: In addition to causing severe burns, receiving an electrical shock can wreak havoc on many of your internal systems. Electrical injuries are unique in that they often appear to be less severe than they actually are. High-voltage currents, such as those used by electricians, factory workers, and utility workers, can cause intense heat and pressure in a split second.
  • Overexertion: The human body can only take so much strain. Employees who frequently do heavy lifting in their day-to-day tasks, such as construction workers and factory personnel, are particularly at risk for wear and tear.
  • Motor vehicle accidents: If part of your job is driving, there’s going to be a risk of getting involved in a traffic accident and suffering severe injuries.
  • Repetitive motion injuries: If your job involves significant amounts of repetitive motion, even for office work, the risk of developing a painful condition like carpal tunnel syndrome increases.
  • Exposure to harmful substances: Companies that deal with the manufacture, sale, or distribution of hazardous materials are held to strict safety guidelines when it comes to how much exposure their workers get. If an employer disregards these directives, it can negatively impact workers’ health in several different ways and cause lifelong consequences.
  • Contact with dangerous equipment: Without guardrails and other safety procedures in place, many factory workers and construction laborers risk serious harm from the machinery they operate every day. 

What About Workers’ Compensation?

Most of the time, after you receive an injury in the workplace, the only compensation you will be offered will come from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. The money you can recover from this, however, may not cover all of your expenses following the accident. Additionally, workers’ compensation will not cover things such as your pain and suffering, nor any punitive damages towards the employer for allowing you to work in an unsafe environment.

The insurer may also deny your claim for workers’ compensation for reasons that are out of your control. If your injury occurred without any other witnesses, or if you didn’t report your injury immediately, your claim may be denied and you won’t receive any compensation. That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced New York worker’s comp lawyer as soon as possible.

Why You Should Work With an Experienced New York Workplace Injury Attorney

An injury in the workplace can upend your livelihood and significantly impact your ability to support your family. After medical expenses, unwanted career changes, and all the other consequences that follow, the last thing you want to worry about is going up against an insurance company just to fight for the compensation you are owed. Thankfully, you don’t have to do this alone. Working with the personal injury team at Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP, you’ll receive legal guidance to properly approach your case. For a free consultation, call our office at 212-203-4795.

 

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