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How to Recover Benefits Under the NY Workers' Comp System

Have you been injured at work? If you were injured in an accident or have been diagnosed with an illness you believe was caused by your work environment, you may be entitled to benefits. Although you may be aware of your right to cash benefits and medical care under the New York workers' compensation system, approaching the claims process can be complicated and difficult, particularly if your claim is delayed or denied altogether. That is where the attorneys at Pasternack Tilker Napoli Bern, LLP may be able to make a difference for you and your family.

For more than eight decades, Pasternack Tilker Napoli Bern, LLP has been representing injured workers across New York. Our attorneys have dedicated their time and effort to helping the injured and families of workers who have lost their lives in workplace accidents and due to occupational diseases recover the money that will help them rebuild and face a brighter future. Our commitment is evident when you consider the more than $3 billion recovered in settlements and awards for our clients. When you also consider our 150 years of collective legal experience and considerable resources to handle workers' comp claims of all kinds, it is easy to see why we have such an impact on every worker or family that we represent.

We have an ongoing AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating this peer-review service offers to attorneys. Six of our workers' comp lawyers have been named Super Lawyers® by Thompson Reuters. This designation is achieved by only 5% of lawyers in the state. But don't take our word for it, review our case results to see what we have been able to accomplish. You can also read more about our firm to find out about the attorneys that make Pasternack Tilker Napoli Bern, LLP stand above the rest in the area of workers' compensation law.

What is workers' compensation?

Millions of workers across the United States are injured every year. According to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly 3.3 million injuries and illnesses were reported by employees of the private sector industry in 2010 alone. That same year, 182 workers in New York lost their lives. These statistics show just how important it is for a system to be in place that provides workers and their families with a way to recover compensation without having to resort to courtroom litigation.

Workers' compensation provides benefits for lost earnings and medical expenses to employees who have been injured at the workplace or have contracted health problems caused by their work environments or duties associated with their jobs. Benefits are provided on a "no-fault" basis, and this means that the worker does not need to prove that his or her employer or another employee is to blame for his or her injuries. This has served to streamline the process, helping workers recover compensation without having to go through the court system. Prior to the implementation of workers' comp laws, injured workers and their families had to file lawsuits in civil court to seek benefits. The amount of time that passed between an injury and payment of compensation was atrocious, sometimes dragging out for years.

Virtually every type of work-related injury or illness is covered. This includes injuries caused by accidents at the workplace, such as a slip and fall in the hallway of an office building or a fall from scaffolding at a construction site. It also includes physical trauma workers experience by performing physically demanding work or repetitive motions, such as back injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome. Injuries and illnesses caused by exposure to toxins or hazardous conditions at the workplace are also covered, such as respiratory disorders experienced by miners, mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure or hearing loss caused by continued exposure to loud noises in factory settings. No matter the type of injury or its cause, it should be covered by the New York workers' compensation system as long as it is work-related.

Every state has its own specific implementation of workers' compensation laws, and our firm is highly experienced in filing claims and handling hearings and appeals in New York. We also look to other sources of compensation for our clients, such as third parties that can be held liable by way of a personal injury or product liability lawsuit.

Learn About Workplace Accidents and Injuries

This website was built to offer a considerable amount of helpful information about the occupational diseases, workplace accidents and injuries that plague employees in all fields, from construction workers to office workers who spend most of their days behind a desk. By visiting our Workers' Compensation Information Center, you can learn more about the specific types of cases we handle and how the New York Workers' Compensation system works. You can even learn about the history of workers' compensation and where the program first began. We also offer insight about specific types of occupational injuries, including burns, loss of limb, vision loss, brain injuries and many more.

At Pasternack Tilker Napoli Bern, we believe that information empowers our clients to make the right choices about their claims. By providing clients with accurate information about their rights as injured workers, we strive to help them make informed decisions that are in their best interests.

Contact a New York Workers' Comp Lawyer: Free Case Review

Ready to set up a free case review with a legal professional who will offer friendly, accurate insight? Contact a New York workers' compensation attorney online or call us toll-free at 888.910.1135. We have offices located across the New York metropolitan area and look forward to meeting you in person or discussing your legal matter over the phone.

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