Brooklyn Workplace Accident Lawyer
After getting hurt at work, you deserve to be fully compensated. Find out if your work accident qualifies for a personal injury claim by consulting with a Brooklyn workplace accident lawyer.
Many injured workers immediately file for workers compensation benefits, but your needs may go beyond the partial compensation provided by work comp. In some cases, you may need to file a personal injury claim, and it can be difficult to know if your accident meets the necessary criteria.
The experienced Brooklyn workplace accident lawyers at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP understand the process of filing a personal injury claim and can take the stress off of you. From investigating the accident to obtaining full compensation, your attorney will fight on your behalf so that you can focus on your recovery.
Understanding Your On-the-Job Injury Claim
Because workers compensation is automatically assumed in these situations, many injured workers don’t understand when or why they need to file a personal injury claim instead. Below, we’ll discuss what personal injury claims are, when you can file, and the compensation you may be eligible to receive compared to work comp.
Personal Injury Claim Types and Work Accidents
There are innumerable ways to be hurt on the job, and in many cases, workers comp kicks in to begin helping immediately. Unfortunately, this type of claim doesn’t account for everything, as damages such as emotional distress aren’t taken into account—you don’t even receive all of your lost income.
When it comes to getting hurt at work, a personal injury claim filed by a workplace injury lawyer can allow you to recover full compensation for all of your damages. You can seek compensation through a personal injury claim if your workplace injury was caused by one of the following factors:
- Product Liability – The use of a defective product that caused injury while being used as intended
- Toxic Substance Exposure – Including any chemicals or dangerous substances that led to injuries, such as lead or asbestos
- Egregious Workplace Negligence – Including any willful negligence or malice on the part of management or fellow employees
- Third-Party Causes – If an outside third party, such as a passerby or contractor, caused your injuries, you might be able to file a personal injury claim against them
Filing a Personal Injury Claim for a Workplace Accident
In the state of New York, you must file your personal injury claim within three years of the accident. This is known as the statute of limitations. You should inform your employer of the injury as soon as possible and file for workers compensation, which will not prevent you from filing a personal injury claim later (as long as your workplace accident meets the necessary criteria). In addition, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible to further support your claim.
Workplace Accidents and Personal Injury Compensation
This question, while an important one, is difficult to answer without all the facts of your case. While workers compensation will likely have already paid for most of your medical bills and some of your lost income, you’ll be able to recoup anything remaining, as well as any other financial expenses and lost quality of life caused by the workplace accident:
- Medical bills not covered by work comp
- The percentage of lost wages not covered by work comp
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation or physical therapy
- Loss of consortium
- And more
Connect with a Brooklyn Workplace Injury Lawyer
While workers comp is the go-to for workplace injuries, your losses might extend beyond what it covers. By working with Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, you’re getting the opportunity to fight for compensation that might otherwise be missed.
Contact us today and schedule a free consultation with a Brooklyn workplace accident lawyer. Just complete the form below or give us a call directly at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462).