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Category Archives: Workers Compensation

Most NYC Construction Fatalities Occur at Sites Without State Training Programs

New York City has seen a decline in construction-related injuries, but there is still data showing that accidents are more frequent at sites where safety training programs were inadequate or nonexistent. According to the New York City Department of Buildings, 470 construction-related injuries and seven construction fatalities occurred in the 12 months ending November 30,… Read More »

Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Essential Workers with COVID-19

New York employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance, covering medical costs and lost wages for employees who are injured on the job or who suffer a work-related illness. Generally, workers’ compensation does not cover community-spread diseases such as the cold or the flu because there is typically insufficient evidence that the illness is work-related. However,… Read More »

If I Caught COVID-19 on the Job, Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

The COVID-19 pandemic has opened up a whole new avenue of potential workers’ compensation claims. If you believe you were exposed to coronavirus and caught the virus while on the job, then you might be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits. As we’re still in the early stages of this healthcare crisis, pinning down exactly… Read More »

How Is the COVID-19 Quarantine Affecting Workers’ Compensation Claimants?

If you are in the middle of a workers’ compensation claim, you likely have already experienced the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on your proceeding. Among other things, claimants are dealing with canceled court hearings, difficulty in receiving medical care and transportation problems triggered by the coronavirus. No matter what else is going on in… Read More »

Will COVID-19 Change the Workers’ Compensation System Forever?

Even after the worst part of the coronavirus pandemic subsides, it will likely take many years to assess the ways it has altered American society and culture. Certainly, the effects on employment and the healthcare industry will be significant, so we should expect laws to change to address those changed circumstances. Accordingly, states might be… Read More »

Occupational Illnesses Could Qualify for Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation claims are often associated with accidents like falls, equipment malfunctions, motor vehicle accidents and anything else that leads to physical injury. However, certain workplace-related conditions may lead to occupational illnesses, which could also quality you for these benefits. The following are some of the most common occupational illnesses in the United States: Lung… Read More »

Tips for a Successful Workers’ Compensation Claim

If you have been injured at work, you likely have the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits for as long as you are unable to perform your job duties. To make sure your claim is accepted the first time around, there are a few general rules of thumb to follow: Report your injury as soon… Read More »

The Most Common Workplace Hazards in the United States

Each year, a significant number of injuries occur in the workplace across a wide variety of industries. Most of these injuries are the result of one of the following common hazards: Fire. Regardless of what type of industry in which you work, fire is always a risk. According to the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Prevention… Read More »

Brooklyn Hospital Fined for Failure to Create Safe Work Environment

Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn has been fined $78,000 after a federal investigation uncovered that the facility was failing to provide sufficient protection to its employees from falling equipment and patients exhibiting violent tendencies. An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that from just February to May of 2014, more than… Read More »

When to File an Injury Lawsuit Rather Than a Workers’ Compensation Claim

A common question among people who suffer an injury at work is whether they should choose to file a workers’ compensation claim or to file a lawsuit against the company. The answer is that it depends on the type of accident that occurred and the causes of that accident. Some injuries and illnesses are specifically… Read More »