At Stanley Law Offices, our dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys are committed to helping injured workers throughout upstate New York and Pennsylvania. Our seasoned legal team understands how overwhelming the pain and stress of a work injury can be. Don’t go it alone – we take the weight off your shoulders by handling all aspects of your workers’ compensation claim and fighting to ensure you get the full medical and income benefits to which you are entitled.
How A Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help With Your Claim
If you were hurt on the job or became sick as a result of your work, your employer is responsible for paying your medical bills and a portion of lost wages. Although the majority of employers in New York and Pennsylvania are required to carry workers’ compensation coverage, not all of them do. If your employer doesn’t have workers’ comp coverage, you may be able to pursue other avenues to recover compensation for your medical bills and some lost wages.
Depending on the cause of your injury, other parties may be liable for your damages. A manufacturer of a defective product or toxic substance, subcontractors, vendors or even another employee who acted recklessly may be legally responsible for your injuries. There are specific procedures and deadlines for filing workers’ comp and personal injury claims in both New York and Pennsylvania. Our experienced legal team will assess your case and pursue all possible avenues of compensation in an efficient and timely manner.
Workers’ Compensation Medical Benefits
Workers’ compensation medical benefits typically cover hospital bills, doctor visits, medications and other medical expenses that are necessary to treat a work-related injury or illness. Although it varies from state to state, medical care and treatment related to a wide range of injuries, including mental health conditions and repetitive stress injuries, should last as long as it takes to treat the problem.
Workers’ Compensation Income Benefits
Also known as disability benefits, worker’s comp income benefits are intended to compensate you for a portion of the income you’ve lost while you’re unable to work due to your injury or illness. Depending on the type of injury or disability, you may be eligible for:
Temporary Total Disability — If your doctor determines that you’re totally disabled for a limited period of time, you may be eligible for temporary total disability benefits. Temporary total disability payments are terminated when you’re fully recovered or it is determined that you won’t completely recover.
Temporary Partial Disability — If your injury keeps you from doing your regular job for a limited period of time but you are able to carry out some of your duties, you may be able to collect temporary partial disability. For example, if your doctor determines that you can work four hours per day instead of eight while you recover, you may receive benefits to make up the difference between your previous income and the reduced income while you’re recovering from your injury.
Permanent Partial Disability — If your workplace injury results in permanent damage that partially impedes your ability to work, workers’ compensation may compensate you for this damage. The duration of these types of payments may be limited by the state, so it’s best to have an experienced workers’ compensation attorney represent your interests.
Permanent Total Disability — When permanent damage from a workplace injury or illness is so severe that you’re unable to return to work, you may be eligible for permanent total disability. Rules and requirements for determining whether you’re eligible for these benefits are complex. You don’t always have to be incapacitated or completely unable to work to get total permanent disability benefits. It’s also important to keep in mind that you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the federal government.
At Stanley Law Offices, our legal team works collaboratively to help you recover the full benefits you need and deserve to protect your health and your family’s financial future.
Workers’ Comp And Social Security Disability Appeals
Unfortunately, many injured workers’ claims are denied by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance and the Social Security Administration. There are strict time limits on filing appeals for these types of claims. Missing important deadlines or omitting vital details can mean the difference between receiving the benefits you deserve and struggling to save yourself from financial hardship. Seeking the advice of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney before you even hit the appeal stage of your claim can ensure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact A Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
If you’ve been injured and need assistance with your workers’ compensation claim, disability claim or personal injury claim, our workers’ comp lawyers can help. To schedule a free initial consultation at Stanley Law Offices, contact us online or call 800-608-3333 or 800-372-3760. Our offices are conveniently located in Syracuse, Binghamton, Watertown or Rochester, New York, and Montrose, Pennsylvania. Se habla español. Get our hardworking crew working for y