Workers' Compensation: Industrial Accident Injuries
Workers' compensation is an insurance program that covers your medical expenses and part of your pay if you are injured while working. Your fault is usually not an issue. The fact that you were injured while working entitles you to workers' compensation in New York. In a manufacturing plant, there may be many factors that contributed to your injury, but workers' comp is not about assigning blame; it's about helping you deal with your industrial accident injury.
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At the Iaconis Law Office in Chittenango, New York (Syracuse area), we have seen the terrible injuries that can occur in industrial accidents. Gears can grab clothing and limbs, fumes can collect in lungs, saws and lathes with defective guards (or no guards) can amputate fingers and hands. While most employers become aware of your injury shortly after it happens, you cannot assume that the process will be flawless. There are some things that an injured employee should do to protect himself/herself.
- Report the accident immediately. The workers' compensation process begins with you. You need to report the industrial accident injury and seek medical attention. In cases of severe manufacturing injuries, even though the entire plant knows, you or someone you trust needs to assure a written report has been submitted. The entire compensation process begins with an injury report and a medical exam. If you have questions, it costs nothing to talk to an experienced attorney.
- Some injuries build over time. Repetitive activities can cause gradual traumatic injuries over a long period of time. Being exposed to chemicals may not have an immediate effect, but the damage can be severe — even life-threatening. You need to report your injuries within 20 days of becoming aware that your injury is serious, or within 20 days of being advised by a doctor that your injury is related to your work. These injuries are entitled to the same benefits as sudden traumatic injuries.
- You may have a third-party claim. In addition to workers' compensation, you may be able to sue for additional personal injury benefits if the accident was caused by a third party. For example, if a machine had a defective guard, you might have a claim against the manufacturer. If a manufacturer failed to warn about fumes from lubricants, you may have a claim. If a subcontractor was responsible for OSHA safety violations and those violations caused your injury, you may have a claim. Your additional rights against third parties have a direct impact on your workers' compensation claim, and a recovery for a personal injury claim must be coordinated with the compensation insurance carrier. Contact our lawyer, who is experienced with personal injury claims.
On-the-job injuries are covered under New York workers' compensation laws. If you are not sure about the benefits, if you are denied coverage or if your coverage is cut after a period of time, contact an experienced workers' compensation lawyer. The consultation is free at the Iaconis Law Office.