Almost every New York employer must have a workers’ compensation insurance policy in place. With that, it is important for you to know if you qualify for compensation in the event that you are injured on job so that one of the experienced New York workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of George Poulos can guide you through the legal process. Read on to learn more.

Who is covered by workers’ compensation law in New York?

Employers under New York’s workers’ compensation law are required to provide coverage for their employees and post a notice of said coverage. A prominent example of those included in this coverage are workers in all employments conducted for-profit; this includes part-time, borrowed, and leased employees, along with volunteers. Another main sector that is covered are employees of the state of New York, which includes some volunteer workers. Additionally, employees of counties and municipalities of the state of New York employed in work that is defined by the law as “hazardous” are eligible to receive workers’ compensation.

If any of these are applicable to you, contact a seasoned Queens workers comp attorney today.

Who is not covered under workers’ compensation laws?

Even though most workers in the state of New York are covered under workers’ compensation laws, there are some exceptions. For example, public school teachers employed by the state of New York are covered, but this excludes those employed by New York City; however, public school aides employed by New York City are covered. And as for teachers employed by nonprofit religious, charitable, or educational institutions, they are not eligible for workers’ compensation.

Similarly, most workers compensated by a nonprofit organization are qualified for coverage, but volunteers are not. Additionally, farmworkers are covered, but their child or spouse without a contract for hire is not.

Occupations covered under another workers’ compensation system are evidently not under New York’s workers’ compensation law. Notably, volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers are provided benefits for death or injuries suffered in the line of duty under the Volunteer Firefighters’ Benefit Law and Volunteer Ambulance Workers’ Benefit Law, respectively. However, New York City firefighters, police officers, and firefighters are instead covered under the New York State General Municipal Law.

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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.