Workers' compensation is a safety net that can protect both employers and employees in case of injury on the job. Employers need protection from frequent lawsuits that may interrupt business, consume valuable resources and detract excessively from the bottom line. Injured employees need a source of compensation to cover medical expenses, replacement of lost wages and acknowledgment of loss.
Employers pay workers' compensation premiums on behalf of employees. After a workplace injury, an employee needs to notify the employer in a timely manner to initiate a workers' compensation claim. The workers' compensation insurer then may instruct the employee as to which clinic to go to or which doctor to see. Based on the doctor's report, the insurer will determine whether to pay the claim and for how long. New York state laws spell out amounts and percentages of workers' comp benefits when a worker misses wages because of inability to work, either temporarily or permanently.
Why You Should Consult With One of Our New York City Workers' Comp Lawyers After a Work Injury
Clients often contact Tomkiel & Tomkiel, PC, for guidance in the workers' compensation process or when insurers balk or delay payments. Sometimes doctors appointed by the workers' comp insurer assert that an employee is ready to return to work before the worker feels able to do so. From our law offices in Scarsdale and Manhattan, workers' compensation lawyers advocate on behalf of our clients in dealings with workers' comp insurance carrier representative. When necessary, we also represent clients in interactions with their employers.
When we carefully review the facts of the type of workers' compensation injury such as construction accident or other workplace accident, we often find evidence of third-party liability. This means that another entity besides the employer was partially or fully responsible for the accidental injury. We often bring personal injury claims on behalf of our clients, over and above their workers' compensation claims. Premises liability or products liability laws may apply.
Contact a New York Personal Injury Attorney if You Were Injured on the Job
We bring more than 30 years of experience to the task of representing injured workers. To schedule a free initial consultation after an employment-related accidental injury, call or e-mail Tomkiel & Tomkiel, PC. We pledge to respond promptly.