A permanent or debilitating injury – one in which a worker cannot
be returned to an earlier condition of health, such as a traumatic brain
injury, spinal cord injury, mesothelioma or other cancers, severe burns
or other forms of devastating injury – should be managed by a legal
professional with a great depth of knowledge of workers' compensation
law in New York. Some cases will require getting compensation from The
Second Injury Fund. State law allows that under certain conditions, compensation
can be accessed through this fund, also called the Special Disability Fund.
The management of serious injury claims with
workers' compensation is important with regard to the outcome for the injured and their families.
A catastrophic injury results in permanent changes to the abilities of
the victim. Whether the injury is related to long term
toxic exposure, a
construction accident such as a
equipment failure, electrocution or other situation, it is important that the injured victim
has the right to all forms of compensation fully protected.
The costs involved in treating a serious injury, as well as rehabilitation
and ongoing nursing care or other medical needs will range into the hundreds
of thousands of dollars within the first year, in many cases. The injured
person may be unable to function at all, or may have lost cognitive abilities,
physical abilities or have contracted a serious or fatal disease through
exposure to toxic substances.
At Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman, the accomplished legal team protects
the rights of workers who have suffered a catastrophic injury.