Long Island Workplace Accidents Lawyer
You may be entitled to compensation from your employer, insurance company, or negligent third party if you’ve been hurt in a workplace accident on Long Island. Call the experienced personal injury lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. to learn about your legal rights and options. We’ve helped thousands of clients secure more than $1 Billion in settlements and verdicts. If you’ve been hurt on the job, we’re here to help you, too.
We offer a free consultation, so contact our Long Island law offices today to schedule yours. Our compassionate legal team is always available to take your call – morning, noon, or night – 365 days a year, so call now.
Why Should I Hire a Long Island Workplace Accident Lawyer?
Getting hurt at work can be a huge inconvenience. It can be painful, emotionally trying, and financially stressful. Even though you might be entitled to compensation, it can be challenging to actually get cash in your hands. That’s why it can really help to hire a Long Island personal injury attorney with experience handling complex workplace injury cases.
At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., injured workers across New York have trusted us to help them secure much-needed compensation after an on-the-job injury. We have decades of experience going up against stingy insurance companies and know the steps to take to get you the money you deserve.
When you call our Long Island workplace accident lawyers for help, we’ll take an aggressive approach to your case as we:
- Stand up to insurance companies, employers, and at-fault parties on your behalf
- Thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your Long Island workplace accident
- Seek compensation from any liable party, and
- Consult with accident and injury experts to determine what your case is worth.
Our goal is to make sure that you are compensated for your injuries, pain, suffering, and distress after a workplace accident. We don’t want you to have to worry about money as you work hard to get back on your feet. When you call us for help, we’ll handle all aspects of your legal claim. All you have to do is call us today to get started. It’s that easy.
How Common Are Workplace Accidents?
Every day, more than 7,600 private industry workers in the United States are injured in workplace accidents. That doesn’t even include government laborers or contractors. About one-third of those injuries were serious enough to force workers to take time off from work to recover.
New York Workplace Accidents
What about in New York? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workplace accidents are incredibly common in New York. In 2017, there were 107,880 non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported in New York state. That’s an average of 12 injuries every single hour of every single day for the entire year.
Fatal Workplace Accidents in New York
While most workplace accidents aren’t fatal, many are. In 2017, there were 313 reported fatal workplace accidents in New York. Men accounted for more than 90 percent of these deaths (248 male fatalities vs. 29 female fatalities).
Which Long Island Jobs Are the Most Dangerous?
Any job on Long Island can be dangerous. However, BLS statistics reveal that you’re more likely to die or suffer an injury while working in certain industries. The most dangerous jobs in New York include:
- Construction workers
- Trade workers
- Transportation workers
- Maintenance workers
- Service workers (including healthcare and protective service occupations)
- Military workers
- Farming, fishing, and forestry workers
- Installation workers
- Police officers, and
- Natural resource workers.
These occupations account for the highest number of fatalities in New York every year.
Leading Causes of Workplace Accidents, Injuries, and Illnesses on Long Island
So, workplace accidents are pretty common in New York and on Long Island. Why? According to data published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are four leading causes of workplace fatalities in the United States. Known as the “Fatal Four,” these include:
- Struck by object
- Electrocutions, and
OSHA believes that eliminating the Fatal Four would save more than 580 lives every single year. This can only happen if workers use caution and are provided with a safe place to work. Unfortunately, employers cut corners and ignore important safety regulations, setting workers up for serious accidents.
Sources of Compensation After a Long Island Workplace Accident
Generally speaking, there are two potential sources of compensation after you get hurt on the job on Long Island: workers’ comp claims and personal injury lawsuits. Here’s what you need to know.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits on Long Island
Most employers on Long Island are legally obligated to have a workers’ compensation insurance policy. When an employee gets hurt on the job, they can file a claim to recover benefits from this policy – regardless of fault.
In theory, having workers’ compensation is supposed to limit litigation, protect employers, and help injured workers get their hands on much-needed compensation in a relatively short amount of time. Unfortunately, New York’s workers’ compensation laws tend to benefit insurance companies and employers more than injured workers.
While you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, insurers will not make it easy for you. You’ll have to comply with strict rules and regulations and seek medical care from pre-approved in-network doctors.
If your claim is approved, you’ll only be entitled to recover limited benefits for:
- Medical expenses
- Cash Benefits (temporary disability and/or permanent disability benefits)
- Supplemental benefits, and
- Death benefits.
You won’t be entitled to all of your lost wages. Cash benefits are calculated by taking a percentage of your average wage and multiplying it by a factor called your “impairment rating.” Simply put, when you get workers’ comp, you’ll get a fraction of what you could’ve earned if you weren’t hurt on the job.
You can be certain that your employer’s insurer will fight to drive down the value of your workers’ compensation claim, so it’s important to have an experienced Long Island workers’ compensation attorney on your side.
Personal Injury Lawsuits Against Negligent Third Parties
When you file a workers’ compensation claim, you waive the right to sue your employer. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t file a lawsuit against a negligent third party who caused (or contributed to) your workplace accident.
For example, you could potentially file a product liability lawsuit against a company if you got hurt at work because a piece of equipment malfunctioned. You’d have to the right to file that lawsuit and seek compensation in addition to whatever you recovered through your workers’ comp claim.
When you file a lawsuit, you can seek damages that aren’t available through workers’ comp, including money for:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
It’s important to understand all of your legal options after you get hurt at work on Long Island. You could miss out on valuable compensation if you don’t. Give the workplace accident lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. a call and schedule a time to discuss your case today.
We Handle All Long Island Workplace Accident Cases
After you get hurt on the job, few things will be more important than your pursuit of compensation. That’s certainly true if you have to miss some time at work while you get better. Money can get really tight, so a financial recovery can be critical.
At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., we’re here to help you in any way that we can. That’s true whether you need help navigating a workers’ compensation claim or filing a lawsuit. We represent clients in Nassau County and Suffolk County who have suffered injuries in work-related accidents involving:
- Construction accidents
- Slips and falls
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Back injuries
- Exposure to chemicals or toxic substances, including asbestos, glyphosate, and lead
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Heat exposure, and more.
You’ll only have a very limited amount of time to pursue compensation after you get hurt at work. If you want workers’ compensation benefits, you’ll have as little as 30 days to act. Waiting too long to assert your rights can prevent you from getting anything, at all. Let our experienced Long Island workplace injury lawyers help you get the money you need and deserve. Call today to learn more.
Call Our Long Island Workplace Accident Attorneys Today
Whether you’ve developed an illness because you’ve been exposed to dangerous chemicals or were crushed by a falling object on a construction site, you may be entitled to money for things like medical bills and lost wages. The Long Island workplace accident lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. are prepared to help you fight to recover maximum compensation. When you call us for legal advice, you can benefit from our more than 200 years of combined legal experience.
We offer a free, no-obligation case assessment, so contact our Long Island law firm to schedule yours today.