What Do I Do After a Workplace Accident in New York?

People go to work every day with the expectation that their day will be the same as usual. Rarely do they ever consider the idea of being involved in an accident. However, accidents can happen at all places of work, regardless of whether or not they seem dangerous. In the event that one does happen, it can cause life-changing injuries to any employees that are involved. In these situations, it is important to know that employees can seek compensation for the damages they incurred. During this time, they should retain the services of an experienced New York workers’ compensation attorney.

How Can a Workplace Accident Happen?

All employers in New York are required to ensure the safety of their employees. This is done by providing them with not only proper safety equipment but the necessary training. If they fail to do so, it can possibly result in the following accidents:

  • Slip and falls
  • Trip and falls
  • Muscle strains
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Crashes or collisions
  • Inhaling toxic fumes
  • Loud noise exposure
  • Being hit by falling objects

How Can I Recover Compensation?

When a person is injured at work, it is important that they report the incident to their employer as soon as possible. This is because it allows the process of recovering workers’ compensation to begin. Workers’ compensation is no-fault insurance that provides injured employees with certain benefits. This exists as coverage for the damages incurred due to the accident. This can include medical care, supplemental benefits, long-term benefits, and death benefits. 

There are many cases in which a workplace accident did not occur at the expense of an employer. Instead, it may have happened due to the negligence of a third-party. This may be a subcontractor, equipment manufacturer, designer, etc. When this happens, the injured party can file a personal injury claim against the third-party to hold them liable for negligence. If successful, they may be able to recover compensation from them. However, it is important to be aware that, if they previously received workers’ compensation, they may need to reimburse the employer’s insurance company.

Contact our Firm

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.