Neck & Back Injuries
New York City Worker’s Comp Attorneys
Neck injuries settle with completely different results than some other injuries such as arms or legs. And, how does a case settle if the injury is to the neck and an arm or leg at the same time? The settlement can vary again.
It is important to understand exactly how the law operates to avoid losing medical or monetary benefits later. Simply put, neck injuries do not result in settlements, generally, unless you are unable to work for a long period of time. And, treatment for the neck means the doctor has to use an entirely different set of medical guidelines than for the shoulder.
It is important, when considering filing a worker’s compensation claim, to have your doctor assess your neck’s Permanent Partial Disability rating (PPD) which is a percentage that will help to measure the sincerity of your injury, as it defines the permanent usability of a specific body part. This rating will give a concrete baseline for the amount of money you deserve as compensation for your injury
At the Law Office of Robert Koenigsberg, we provide individualized service and proven legal representation to injured workers throughout New York City and its surrounding areas. This has been our focus for more than a decade. Our understanding of how the law varies with each type of neck injury allows us to make sure that you are receiving all of the compensation and benefits you may be entitled to as a result of your unfortunate injury.
Neck and Back Injuries that May Occur on the Job Include:
- Lower back injuries
- Spinal cord injury/paralysis
- Cervical injuries (neck)
- Herniated disks
- Fractured vertebrae
- Nerve impingement
Because of how the new workers’ compensation statute is written, people who have suffered a back or neck injury face a greater challenge in securing benefits. New medical guidelines will be published by the state of New York within the next few months. For certain cases, there will no longer be lifetime benefits and certain non-extremity injuries will have caps. However, depending on the level of your disability, we anticipate that your benefits may last between 4 and 9 years. When the guidelines are released, our New York worker’s comp attorneys will examine and analyze these guidelines to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to.
Depending on the number of years of worker’s comp you qualify for, we hope the new guidelines will allow us to be in a position to negotiate a settlement for you. For example, if we feel your disability entitles you to 8 years of payments, but the insurance company insists you are only entitled to 4 years, we may be able to negotiate a settlement more favorable than the one offered by the insurance company.
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We will always keep you informed about the progress of your case and explain your options in clear terms. Decisions about whether to accept settlement terms or to push the case further will be yours. We are easy to reach and work with your bests interests in mind.
Learn about your options, learn about what our firm can do for you. Whether you need assistance in closing and or settling an already open case or are interested in filing a suit after a recent injury on the job — call or contact us in New York City for a free consultation. Our offices are comfortable, friendly and conveniently located across the street from the Federal Plaza in downtown Manhattan. We look forward to helping you recover and earn the monetary compensation you deserve.