New York Workplace Injury Law Firm
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF THE INSURANCE COMPANY FAILS TO PAY YOU AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN HURT AT WORK?
ANSWER: TAKE THEM TO COURT (THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BOARD)
WHAT IF THE INSURANCE COMPANY STARTS PAYING AND STOPS?
ANSWER: TAKE THEM TO COURT
WHAT IF THE INSURANCE COMPANY PAYS OUT?
ANSWER: MAKE SURE YOU GOT WHAT YOU DESERVE UNDER THE LAW
CALL ME TO DISCUSS THIS NOW. 212-964-9292
When you can’t support yourself or your family because of a work-related injury, you’re in a tough spot. This situation can be even tougher when your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance carrier refuses to help. Let our attorneys lighten that load.
At the Law Office of Robert Koenigsberg, we provide answers, support, personal service, and more than 15 years of focused experience in workers’ compensation. If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident — we can help. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer.
Since 1996, our attorneys have helped people throughout New York City and surrounding areas obtain workers’ compensation benefits for a wide range of injuries, including:
• Head injuries
• Burn injuries
• Neck and back injuries
• Eye and ear injuries
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Knee, shoulder and joint injuries
• Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS & RSD)
• Post-traumatic stress syndrome/psychological injuries
• Occupational illnesses and diseases caused by exposure to toxic chemicals and other hazardous substances
We also provide compassionate support to families who lost loved ones in fatal accidents in connection to their work. The attorneys at our law firm can help surviving family members obtain lifetime pavements for their loss.
The Recent Changes to New York’s Workers’ Compensation Rules
Although New York’s workers’ compensation system has changed, the value of our work has not. We will carefully explain how to file a claim with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, as required under the new rules. We will also review the details of your case to understand if a settlement is possible, while always vigorously protecting your rights.
We are also skilled at identifying and pursuing third-party personal injury claims.
Contact Us for Personal Service
Throughout the legal process, our law office will be open to you. We encourage clients to ask questions and never to hesitate in expressing any concerns. As your claim moves forward, we will keep you informed of progress, potential setbacks, and your legal options.
Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation at our law office, which is conveniently located across the street from the Federal Plaza in downtown Manhattan. We look forward to helping you recover.
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Back and neck injuries and repetitive stress injuries to shoulder and joints are extremely common due to the necessity of lifting patients. Accidental needle sticks and exposure to bodily fluids can result in workers contracting dangerous illnesses such as HIV or Hepatitis B and C. Slip-and-fall accidents are notorious for causing broken bones, spinal injuries and brain injuries.
Any of these injuries and illnesses may cause you to lose work time and may require medical treatment. Workers’ compensation benefits cover medical costs and pay a percentage of your wages. In general, workers who are disabled by an injury or illness can recover an additional settlement. However, recent changes to New York workers’ comp law have made it more difficult to collect benefits in some situations. Our lawyers will discuss the details of your injury and fight for the benefits you deserve.
- Vehicle accident in transit to the home
- Exposure to diseases
- Lifting patients
- Needle sticks
- Blood or fluid spills
- Assault by a patient
- Slip-and-fall accident
Back and neck injuries and repetitive stress injuries to shoulder and joints are extremely common due to the frequency of lifting patients. Accidental needle sticks and exposure to bodily fluids can result in home attendants contracting dangerous illnesses such as HIV or Hepatitis B and C. Slip-and-fall accidents often cause broken bones, spinal injuries and brain injuries.
Vehicle accidents are the most common cause of home attendant on-the-job fatalities. People who are in car accidents or slip-and-fall accidents may be able to collect workers’ comp benefits and additional damages from a personal injury claim. If a negligent third party was responsible for your injury, you can seek compensation from it.
NYC Public School Teachers
Exposure to toxins, asbestos, poor indoor air quality, excessive noise and other environmental problems can cause a range of dangerous occupational diseases.
One of the greatest dangers to teachers comes from their students. Teachers are at risk for violence, whether they are breaking up a fight between students or are assaulted by a student. If a weapon is involved, injuries may be catastrophic or fatal.
Causes of Office Injuries
Other office hazards include slip-and-fall accidents, lifting injuries, exposure to excessive noise, poor indoor air quality, falling objects and exposure to chemicals. Electric shock and fires are a risk in office settings as well.
Salespeople who travel outside the office may be injured or killed in car accidents. In these instances, the injured worker may be able to collect additional damages from a negligent third party. Suffering an injury while on a sales call at another location may also entitle you to third-party damages.
On-The-Job Accidents and Injuries
Severe warehouse and industrial injuries may be caused when workers are crushed or pinned by machines or forklifts. Other workplace accidents can cause catastrophic or fatal injuries as well, including:
Back, neck and spinal injuries
Burns and electric shock
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 44 percent of all workplace amputations occur in the manufacturing sector. The danger comes from using machines that have moving parts without proper safety procedures, equipment or training. Safety guards should be in place to keep workers away from moving parts. In addition, workers should wear protective equipment and should be trained on the machine’s proper use.
Defective machines and equipment failures are additional causes of injury. A negligent third party, such as an equipment manufacturer, may be liable in these cases. You may be able to collect damages from the negligent party in addition to workers’ comp benefits.
The Hazards of Cleaning Professionals
Industrial-strength cleansers and solutions may contain even higher levels of pollutants. Repeated exposure to these toxins may result in illness or injury. The following materials can harm workers if they are inhaled, ingested or come into contact with the skin:
Dust and fibers
Lead and mercury
Gloves, safety goggles, dust masks and other protective clothing should be worn when handling these materials. Proper ventilation should also be in place in the areas being cleaned. Workers should be educated about the potential dangers of working with these substances and should be properly trained in safety procedures.
Injuries and illnesses caused by cleaning jobs can be disabling or deadly and may include:
Repetitive stress injuries
Neck and back injuries
On-The-Job Car Accidents
Our attorneys passionately represent individuals seriously injured on the job, including in car accidents during work hours. We will protect your rights to obtain workers’ compensation for lost wages and medical bills for serious injuries, such as:
Neck and back injuries
Eye and ear injuries
Knee, shoulder and joint injuries
We also provide compassionate representation to families who lost loved ones in fatal accidents that occurred while on the job. Our attorneys will seek lifetime payments for surviving spouses and their children.
On The Job Injuries: Slip and Fall
On the job slip-and-fall accidents can happen indoors or outside, on wet or slick surfaces, icy spots, broken steps or tiles, or because of a spill. In addition, people are often injured when they trip and fall over objects such as ripped or bunched carpet, improperly buried utility lines or objects that have fallen in their path.
Work Related Brain Injuries
Brain injuries and brain damage can occur in many workplace environments. Construction workers often suffer TBIs after a fall from a ladder or scaffold. Delivery people and truck drivers may have a brain injury after a car accident on the job. Any worker can hit his or her head in a slip-and-fall accident. Workers exposed to chemicals and other toxins may suffer brain damage and other occupational diseases.
Work Related Neck & Back Injuries
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.
Repetitive Stress Injuries are not Always Physical
These cases are not easy. The workers’ compensation company will point the finger back at the victim, asking why the sexual harassment was not reported immediately. Our experience allows us to handle cases that are this complex and challenging.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Both the SSD and workers’ compensation processes can be confusing, frustrating and fraught with delays. We can help minimize these effects and be very helpful to you in terms of being able to answer your questions about what’s happening, what you can do and what to expect. We encourage you to ask questions and not to hesitate in expressing any concerns at any time.
Work Related Heart Attack or Stroke
Pulmonary lung disease
If you have lost a loved one to an occupational illness or accident, we will provide you with compassionate representation while protecting your rights. Our top priority is to help surviving spouses and their children obtain lifetime payments when they have lost loved ones to work-related accidents. We will also hold any negligent third partiesaccountable.
complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
RSD/CRPS is most often caused by trauma from a high-speed impact; although surgery can also be a cause. Vehicle accident injuries, slip-and-fall injuries, and workplace andconstruction accident injuries are all common causes of RSD.
RSD usually affects the extremities: arms, hands, legs and feet. Symptoms are often very serious and may include:
Sensitivity to touch
Swelling and joint discomfort
Because there is no cure for RSD, the treatment is focused on alleviating pain. Living with RSD can be very difficult and may result in depression and inability to perform daily and work activities. If you or a family member suffers from RSD that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Exposure to loud noise may result in loss of hearing and repetitive motions may causecarpal tunnel syndrome and other injuries. However, many occupational diseases are caused by exposure to toxins such as:
Inhalation of asbestos, chemicals, dust or fibers
Toxic mold exposure
Exposure to toxins in solvents and pesticides
Benzene and formaldehyde exposure
Exposure to heavy metals such as lead and mercury
The results of toxic exposure can be catastrophic or fatal. They can cause devastating illness that may leave the worker disabled. Some of the most common occupational diseases include:
Repetitive stress injuries
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that there are 1.3 million employees in construction and general industry who are exposed to asbestos. They report that construction and demolition workers have the highest risk for exposure. Usually, asbestos dust is accidentally inhaled, although fibers may also be ingested.
Asbestos-related illness include:
Some of these illnesses, such as mesothelioma and other cancers, do not present until many years after the worker is exposed to asbestos. Unfortunately, by the time cancer is detected, it is often too advanced to respond to treatment.
Aggravation of Pre-Existing Conditions