Workplace Accidents: Why They Happen and What to Do Next
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Most American workers enjoy a workplace that is relatively free from danger, especially those employed in white-collar occupations. However, this is not the case for all workers. While the American workplace generally is one of the safest in the world, accidents still happen with some regularity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 87 fatal injuries in New York City in 2017 (the latest year for which information is available). The number of workplace injuries in the construction industry is particularly alarming, with some estimates claiming that fatal construction industry accidents in New York City in 2018 were up 33% compared to 2013, while nonfatal accidents were up 221% over the same period. If you are hurt in a workplace accident in New York City or Long Island, you are entitled to receive benefits through the state’s workers’ compensation program. Below, we will provide an overview of the program, how to qualify for it and what benefits are available. For more detailed information about any of these topics, please contact a New York City workplace accident attorney.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program that provides a fixed set of benefits to individuals who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses. Every state, including New York, requires almost all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover their employees’ losses from illnesses and injuries sustained on the job. One of the hallmark features of the workers’ compensation program is that, with very few exceptions, injured workers are eligible to collect benefits regardless of whether they or their employer were at fault for their injuries. Workers’ compensation is thus known as a “no-fault” program, eliminating the need for injured employees to prove that their employers were negligent or otherwise at fault in causing their injuries.
What Counts as a Workplace Accident?
The workers’ compensation program takes a broad view of the term “workplace accident” and provides benefits for workers who are injured in almost any kind of accident. Some of the most common work-related accidents, illnesses, and injuries in New York City and Long Island include:
- Slips and falls
- Machinery malfunctions
- Falling objects
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Crashes and collisions
- Cuts, bruises, and lacerations
- Hearing loss from exposure to loud noises
- Occupational diseases
Who Is Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits? Our Workplace Accident Attorney Explains
Just as New York’s workers’ compensation program takes a wide view of workplace accidents, it takes a similarly broad view of employees who are eligible to collect benefits. As such, almost all employees in New York are covered.
What Should I Do if I’m Injured at Work?
Your most important course of action after suffering an injury in a workplace accident is to first obtain medical treatment from an approved provider who is authorized by the Workers’ Compensation Board. You should notify your employer about your injury in writing as soon as possible, as injured employees who wait longer than 30 days to report their injuries may lose their right to collect workers’ compensation benefits. You should then file your claim for workers’ compensation benefits by completing Form C-3 and mailing it to the nearest office of the Workers’ Compensation Board.
Benefits Available to Injured Workers in New York City and Long Island
The benefits available to employees who suffer injuries in workplace accidents are provided primarily in the form of cash benefits, medical benefits, and death benefits.
Contact a Long Island Workplace Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in a workplace accident and suffered an injury, you should act swiftly to begin the workers’ compensation claim process. To get started, please contact a New York City workplace accident attorney at Turley, Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco by using our online form or calling 877-693-2529. We serve both New York City and Long Island, including Nassau County and Suffolk County.