New York City Work Injury Lawyer
Workplace injuries can occur no matter what you do for a living. Even in a seemingly safe occupation, you can get hurt. If you do, you have options. Most workers are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, which can pay for your medical bills and replace some of your lost income quickly and without the need to sue. Depending on your unique circumstances, a personal injury lawsuit may be appropriate. The New York city work injury lawyers of Panzavecchia & Associates, PLLC are here to help you and your family get back on your feet. We have offices in Manhattan, Queens and Long Island and we represent clients throughout New York.
Types of Workplace Accidents and Injuries
While there are many high-risk industries and occupations, you can get hurt in many ways, even if you have a desk job. Examples of workplace accidents and injuries include:
- Slip and fall/trip and fall
- Injuries from lifting
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Machinery accidents
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Structure fires
- Elevator accidents
- Assaults due to negligent security
- Auto and truck accidents
- Falling objects
- Occupational illness
Most workers are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits which pay for your medical expenses and replace a portion of your lost income. A workers’ compensation claim is not a lawsuit and you do not need to prove fault. You can start collecting quickly. If you are eligible, you should file a claim right away.
Those who are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits are not allowed to sue their employers, but may be able to file a third-party lawsuit depending on what caused the accident or your injuries. For instance, if you were injured in a structure fire at your place of work, you may have a premises liability lawsuit against the building owner in addition to or as an alternative to your workers’ compensation claim.
Personal Injury lawsuit
If you are not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, a personal injury lawsuit against the person or entity you were working for may be appropriate. Also, if you collect workers’ compensation benefits, you are still allowed to pursue a third-party lawsuit against a third party who may have been responsible for or contributed to the accident and your injuries. Workers’ compensation benefits are limited, but in a personal injury lawsuit you can recover full damages such as:
- Past current and future medical expenses
- Home health care
- Long term care
- Special equipment and home modifications to accommodate disability
- Lost income and future lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium
If you have suffered a workplace injury in the New York City metro area, the work injury attorneys at Panzavecchia & Associates, PLLC can help. Please call us at 888-LAW-2204 or submit an online contact form right away to learn more about your rights and potential compensation.