We really don’t know what we don’t know. And in Workers’ Compensation, if you don’t know what’s to come, you could find yourself with the short end of the stick. I recently helped a client on a Workers’ Compensation case. He was an employee at a Deli where his duties included work with a slicer machine. At work one day, he accidentally sliced the tip of his finger off while using the slicer machine. Workers Comp Attorney NYC 10022
My client did not have health insurance and, knowing that emergency room bills needed to be paid, he contacted our office to see if he had any legal rights. After getting in touch with us, we quickly consulted him about his rights to Workers’ Compensation.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Under the law, every worker is entitled to be compensated for injuries suffered on the job. Historically, the law allows you to file a lawsuit against your employer for those injuries suffered while in your employment. However, your chances of receiving compensation in such a suit would depend on your success in the lawsuit and the ability of your employer to pay. Workers Comp Attorney NYC 10022
Workers’ Compensation is a form of insurance for when you get injured on the job. It helps provide for any wages you have lost or medical bills you incurred in treating your injuries in exchange for your right to sue your employer directly.
The Workers’ Compensation Board provides compensation for injuries you suffer on the job. Every employer is obligated to have Workers Compensation coverage for their employees in case they get injured on the job. Thus, you have a right to Workers’ Compensation under the law.
You can be compensated for disability that arises from the injury. This compensation usually covers medical benefits, lost wages, compensation for loss of limbs, scarring and even death where it occurs. It covers what you would usually claim under health insurance and even more.Workers Comp Attorney NYC 10022
Back to the Story
With proper representation, our client was able to get adequate treatment for his injuries. The treatment was covered by the Workers’ Compensation Board and he also got compensation for the wages he lost from not being able to work.
As we were leaving the Workers’ Compensation Board, the client turned to me and told me a similar story of how he had sliced his finger on the other hand about 7 years back.
However, at that time, he had health insurance and quickly rushed to the hospital. He never knew that Workers’ Compensation would cover his medical bills and provide compensation for lost time off work. He wished he had contacted an attorney the first time. But, he didn’t know what he didn’t know.
You have the benefit of knowing about Workers’ Compensation now. If you have been injured on the job, ensure that you do not get the short end of the stick. Get in touch with a lawyer today.
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