What Are Injured Workers Entitled To?
If you were injured on the job, you should become informed of your rights under New York’s workers’ compensation laws, especially as they refer to benefits. Since employers and insurance carriers retain the right to dispute a claim, you would benefit by speaking to a New York workers’ comp attorney from Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman.
The legal team has been assisting New York City residents with their workers’ compensation claims for over 50 years, over which time the firm has collected hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of its clients by effectively handling their workers’ compensation claims, hearings and appeals.
Information On Workers’ Comp Benefits
Workers’ compensation is an insurance that provides cash benefits and/or medical care for workers who have been injured during the course of their work or suffered an occupational illness or disease.
The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board is the state agency that processes claims, and weekly cash benefits and medical care are paid by the employer’s insurance carrier, under the direction of the Workers’ Compensation Board.
Workers’ compensation benefits include:
- Cash benefits: Cash benefits are 2/3 x average weekly wage x % of disability = weekly benefit.
- Supplemental benefits: These are for claimants/beneficiaries who are classified as permanently disabled by an injury that occurred prior to January 1, 1979, and widows or widowers receiving death benefits as a result of the death of a spouse that occurred prior to January 1, 1979.
- Medical benefits: For necessary medical care related to the original injury or illness and the recovery from his or her disability.
- Social Security benefits: For workers who become seriously disabled for a continuous period of at least 12 months, or permanently, they may be entitled to monthly Social Security benefits.
- Death benefits: For workers who die from a compensable injury, a surviving spouse and/or minor children or other dependents as defined by law may be entitled to death benefits.
Contact A New York Workers’ Comp Lawyer
If you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, you can take comfort in knowing that the firm accepts cases without upfront fees. Once you get your settlement or verdict, then the firm gets paid for its services. This result-oriented approach allows you to have a knowledgeable attorney advocating for your rights without any cash upfront.
If your injury makes it difficult for you to come to the firm’s office in downtown Manhattan, an attorney from the firm will gladly come to your home, the hospital or your place of employment. We even offer free case consultations that allow you to learn how you can benefit from retaining a lawyer.