Long Island Workplace Injury Lawyer
While workers compensation allows you to begin collecting benefits immediately after getting hurt at work, it doesn’t cover everything. To find out if you’re eligible for more compensation, speak with a Long Island workplace injury lawyer.
After an on-the-job injury, you’ll most likely be eligible to file a workers compensation claim. However, workers comp only covers certain damages, leaving you uncompensated for a number of financial losses and almost all of your non-economic damages.
If your accident meets the requisite criteria, you might be able to file a personal injury claim against the negligent party and collect full compensation for your damages and losses. It’s not always clear if your situation qualifies, however, and the process of collecting compensation isn’t exactly simple, either.
To give yourself the best chance for successfully resolving your claim, turn to a Long Island workplace injury lawyer from Siler & Ingber, LLP. We can help you determine who was at fault, build a case that proves negligence, and accurately assess the value of your claim.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim for an On-the-Job Injury
In order to move beyond the workers comp system and qualify for a personal injury claim, your workplace accident must meet the following criteria:
- Be caused by a third party outside of your company or employer, such as a contractor or passerby
- Be caused by faulty equipment or machinery that would make the manufacturer or retailer responsible
- Be caused by a toxic substance or chemical that would make the manufacturer responsible
Under normal circumstances, you cannot sue your employer or coworkers for compensation, as one purpose of the workers comp system is to handle these types of claims. However, there are some limited situations in which you can file a lawsuit against your employer or a coworker, and your Long Island workplace injury lawyer will help you determine if yours meets the criteria:
- Your employer doesn’t carry workers compensation insurance
- Your employer or coworker intentionally caused your accident or injury (i.e., malice was involved)
- Your employer was willfully negligent, such as with a construction company that receives several OSHA violations and fails to address the problems
Workplace Injury Compensation
While workers comp covers a percentage of your lost wages, most medical bills, and some disfigurement, you’ll likely have additional damages and losses that go unaddressed. By filing a personal injury claim, you can recover compensation for all of the financial losses and non-economic damages that remain after your workers comp benefits have been applied:
- The remaining percentage of your lost wages
- Any medical expenses that were denied by workers comp
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and treatment
- Loss of consortium
- Lost enjoyment of life
Speak with a Long Island Workplace Accident Lawyer
Siler & Ingber, LLP can help you determine if your workplace accident qualifies to file a personal injury claim. For a free case evaluation where you can get answers from an experienced Long Island workplace injury lawyer, just complete the contact form on this page or give our office a call directly at 1-516-294-2666. We are here for you, and will fight for your right to full compensation.