About New York State Workers’ Compensation Cases and Claims
New York Workers CompensationThe New York State Workers’ Compensation Law was enacted in the early 20th century to address an increasing frequency of workplace injuries associated with industrial development. Prior to the enactment of the workers’ comp law, workers injured on the job often did not receive adequate medical care and were not provided with wage replacement benefits if out of work. The proliferation of workplace injuries had a devastating effect on working families throughout New York. The New York State legislature determined, in reaction to this situation, that employers throughout the state should carry no-fault “workman’s compensation” insurance coverage.
The ideas behind the original “New York Worker’s Compensation Law” included –
- Making sure that workers injured on the job received prompt, adequate medical attention.
- Enhancing the likelihood of full recovery from workplace injuries.
- Insuring that displaced workers receive wage replacement benefits for time(s) they were out of work or working at reduced earnings as a consequence of disability or physical restrictions associated with their workplace injury.
- Not requiring workers to demonstrate that someone else was responsible for their injuries – just that injuries occurred within “the scope of their employment” – thus the no-fault aspect of the law.
- Assessing injured workers permanent disabilities as a consequence of their work injuries.
These original ideas remain in force today.
While injured workers receive benefits, they also have obligations associated with their comp claim. Many of these obligations are outlined on the Workers’ Comp Tips page on our site. If you’ve been injured on the job or think you have a condition or disease caused by some aspect of your work or workplace, contact us today.
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How Connors & Ferris Can Assist You with New York Workers’ Comp Disability
We can assist you by advising you and helping you with –
- Employer notification
- Filing your disability claim(s)
- Determining whether or not your claim will be affected by benefit caps
- Assist in securing appropriate medical treatment in accord with the Medical Treatment Guidelines
- Working with your doctor(s) to provide the necessary medical evidence in support of your claim
- Understanding your wage replacement benefits and how they are calculated
- Preparing you for hearings
- Representing you at hearings and depositions
- Coordinating authorizations for treatment with your doctor and the insurance company
- Advising you about SSD/SSI eligibility and vocational rehab opportunities
- Answering your questions throughout our representation and the entire process
Taking the Frustration Out of Workers’ Comp Cases
Workers’ compensation can be a frustrating process, even in the best of cases. The workers’ comp law has undergone major changes in 1996 and 2007, and many of these changes do not benefit you, the injured worker. The insurance company and your employer have attorneys and trained specialists on their side and the workers’ comp judges can’t represent you.
Now, more than ever, it is important to have an attorney on your side. At Connors & Ferris, we only represent injured workers. We do not represent employers or insurance carriers. We limit our practice to representing injured workers with workers’ comp, social security and personal injuries. As a result, our attorneys and paralegal staff all have extensive training and experience in assisting you with your compensation claims and/or your social security disability claims. We will give your claim our all and we are confident that once you’ve had an opportunity to talk to and meet with one of our attorneys, you will feel comfortable in entrusting us with your case, knowing that your case is going to be handled properly and personally.
Remember, our attorney fees are contingent upon you getting paid benefits. In our first office meeting, we will thoroughly cover how our fees are calculated. Should you have any questions regarding Workers’ Compensation and/or attorneys fees, call Connors & Ferris today at our NYC office @ (212) 624-COMP, our Buffalo office @ (716) 684-COMP, or our Rochester office @ (585) 262-COMP
The above information has been compiled for continual reference based upon our interpretation and experience with Workers’ Comp. This information is critical to the proper administration of your claim.
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