Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you have been injured or become sick on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Under New York law, you have the right to seek financial compensation for a work-related injury or illness, regardless of fault. While the benefits are there, they are not always easy to obtain, so it is important to seek legal assistance with your claim. The lawyers at Jacoby and Meyers help injured employees in the New York City area fight for and recover the benefits they need and deserve.
What to Do if You Are Injured or Become Ill at Work
There are three things employees should immediately do if they are injured in the workplace:
1. Report the injury to a supervisor
2. Request to see a doctor
3. Complete a workers’ compensation claim form
Unfortunately, many people wait until an injury is unbearable before they report it. This is a big mistake. What appears to be a minor injury, may be more serious and/or can lead to complications down the road. Prompt reporting and receipt of medical care ensures compensation benefits are not delayed so that you receive income while you are out of work.
Types of injuries and illnesses covered under workers’ compensation law, include, but are not limited to:
Vehicle accidents while on the job
Repetitive stress injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Toxic Chemical Exposure
Toxic Mold Exposure
Equipment failure accidents
Spinal cord injuries
An Experienced Attorney Can Help You Navigate the Paperwork and Prove Injury
Many workers’ compensation claims are initially disapproved because of improper or untimely filing. Employers and their insurance companies may dispute your injuries, hindering your claim and costing you time and money. Medical expenses and lost wages from a workplace injury should not be your responsibility. The lawyers at Jacoby and Meyers have helped countless clients successfully seek and recover workers’ compensation benefits.
Many jobs require performing the same task over and over again. These repetitive actions can place stress or strain on a body part – wrist, back, shoulder, neck, knee, arm – over a period of time, which can result in injury. Employees often think that these gradual injuries and daily aches and pains are just part of doing their job. It doesn’t matter how gradually the pain develops, repetitive stress injuries are workplace injuries, entitling you to compensation. For over 40 years Jacoby and Meyers has provided the type of legal help injured employees in the New York City area need to recover their damages.
Types of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries, also called repetitive stress disorder (RSD), are one of the fastest growing types of workplace injuries. They include:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – swelling inside the tunnel in the wrist
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome – swelling of the nerve directly behind the elbow
- Tendinitis – overuse and tears in the tissues connecting the bones to muscle
- Tenosynovitis – inflammation of the lining of a sheath that surrounds a tendon
- Myofascial Damage – chronic pain in multiple pressure points
- Cervical Radiculopathy – compression of disks in the neck
- Epicondylitis – irritation or inflammation of the epicondyle or surrounding tissue, especially at the elbow
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – compression of nerves between the collarbone and first rib
The Kinds of Work Tasks that Can Lead to RSD
- Clicking on a Computer Mouse
- Assembly Line Work
- Sawing and Cutting
- Manning a Forklift
- Lifting Heavy Loads
- Supermarket Scanning
Winning Workers Compensation Disability Benefits
A repetitive stress injury is an occupational disease under Workers’ Compensation law. Our skilled and experienced workers’ compensation lawyers will help you seek the financial recovery you are entitled to. Working with medical experts we uncover and present evidence linking injuries to work related tasks. In the event the workers’ compensation assigned doctor has said you are ready to return to work, but you and your personal physician disagree, we can file court documents requesting continued treatment. Additionally, if your injury has resulted in a disability lasting more than 12 months, our legal team can also assist you with obtaining Social Security Disability benefits.
Work Related Injuries
Millions of workers are injured on the job each year. Thousands of those injuries result in death. Work related accidents are not limited to jobs that require physical labor. Employees from all types of industries can suffer an injury due to a slip and fall, improper maintenance, chemical exposure, or faulty equipment. The lawyers at Jacoby and Meyers help employees in the New York City area recover damages for their work related injuries.
Typical Injuries Suffered While at Work
Injuries sustained at work can run the gamut from skin disorders to broken bones to traumatic brain injuries. Common work-related injuries include:
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Toxic Chemical Exposure
Knee and Foot Injuries
Hand & Shoulder Injuries
Traumatic brain injury
Spinal Cord Injury
Back and Neck Injury
Pursuing Just Compensation
Employees injured at work cannot directly sue their employer. To recover employer related damages, they must file a Workers’ Compensation Claim. Those damages, however, are basically limited to medical expenses and lost wages – and possibly disability benefits. All too often, these damages do not fully compensate you. If a third party was partially responsible for your accident, you may be able to seek further compensation from them with a claim for:
- Defective equipment
- Failure to maintain or properly use equipment
- Failure to properly train or supervise
- Failure to maintain premises
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Jacoby and Meyers will help you identify liable parties and file Workers’ Compensation and third party claims to secure the compensation you are entitled to, such as:
- Medical Treatment
- Hospital Stays
- Lost Income
- Future Income
- Pain and Suffering
The Experience You Need, The Personal Attention You Want.
We will diligently and aggressively fight for your rights to fair compensation for damages you have suffered. When you retain Jacoby and Meyers you get 40 plus years of experience behind you, personalized attention, and a vast resource pool. Our lawyers have a proven track record for obtaining substantial awards for their clients.
No Legal Fees Unless There is a Successful Settlement or Verdict
Our firm is committed to providing affordable legal representation to those in need. Jacoby and Meyers personal injury clients pay no attorneys fees until and unless we successfully settle your case or win a verdict in your favor.
If you or a loved one has suffered a work-related injury, contact our attorneys today to schedule a free consultation
If you or a loved one has suffered a work related repetitive stress injury, contact our attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.