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Although seemingly straightforward, the workers’ compensation system in Brooklyn can be difficult for an injured worker to understand. There are strict deadlines and procedural requirements that even an injured worker who qualified for workers’ compensation benefits must comply with in order to be eligible to receive benefits. For an injured worker who has had no experience with the workers’ compensation system, it can seem difficult to know what to do after being injured in a work-related accident.
At Proner & Proner, our Brooklyn workers’ compensation attorneys have more than 50 years of experience helping injured workers secure the workers’ compensation benefits they are entitled to. We also have extensive experience helping injured workers pursue third-party claims, such as car accident or product liability claims, and working to maximize the financial recovery that we obtain for our clients.
If you or a loved one have suffered a work-related injury or illness, contact Proner & Proner today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case and to learn more about your legal rights and options for financial recovery.
Workers’ compensation benefits are afforded to any worker who is injured on the job, regardless of who was at fault for the incident that caused the injury. In exchange for receiving these “no-fault” benefits, the injured worker gives up his or her right to file a personal injury claim against his or her employer.
The workers’ compensation system provides benefits to injured workers, including:
In most cases, we find that when you suffer a permanent disability, it is often more advantageous to negotiate a lump sum settlement award, which can help you avoid the need for ongoing workers’ compensation proceedings, allowing you to focus on your recovery. Our experienced Brooklyn workers’ compensation attorneys can help you secure a full and fair settlement award in your case.
At Proner & Proner, our workers’ compensation lawyers have helped clients recover benefits after suffering all different kinds of work-related injuries and illnesses, including:
Our firm can help you when you claim is denied by your employer or its workers’ compensation insurer, such as when they claim that your injury or illness is not work-related, or that you are not as seriously injured as you claim or that you are able to physically work or perform restricted or light-duty work.
Being injured in a work accident may entitle you to workers’ compensation benefits; depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may also be entitled to file a personal injury claim against those responsible for your accident. Contact Proner & Proner today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about the legal options available to you and about how our firm can help you maximize the value of your legal claim.
Brooklyn is a borough of New York City, constituting the entirety of Kings County, New York. Brooklyn is NYC’s most populated borough and second-largest by land area, and is also the second-most densely populated county in the U.S. If it were a separate municipality, Brooklyn would be the third-largest city in the country behind Los Angeles and Chicago. Brooklyn, founded in 1646 as part of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, is named for the Dutch village of Breukelen (or Breuckelen), which means “marshland”. Brooklyn was an independent city until its consolidation with the other boroughs to form New York City. Historically, Brooklyn’s neighborhoods have served as ethnic enclaves, although in recent years Brooklyn has redeveloped its identity as an avant-garde community. Brooklyn’s economy has also built up hubs for entrepreneurship, technology companies, and art and design.
Under New York’s workers’ compensation law, you have 30 days from the date of your work accident or the date of onset of symptoms of a work-related illness to inform your employer of your injury or illness. If you don’t give your employer timely notice of your claim or cannot demonstrate good cause for giving late notice, your employer may be entitled to deny your claim for workers’ compensation benefits. In addition, if you need to file a workers’ compensation claim with the state, when your employer denies that your injury or illness is work-related or denies you specific benefits you believe you are entitled to, you have two years from the date of your work accident or onset of symptoms of a work-related illness to file your claim.
Generally speaking, a workers’ compensation claim is your exclusive cause of action against your employer for work-related injuries or illnesses. You may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer under limited circumstances, generally if your employer intentionally caused your injury or illness. However, you are still able to file personal injury lawsuit against third-parties; for example, if you are hit by a negligent driver, or if you are injured by a defective tool or piece of equipment. But if you successfully recover compensation in a third-party personal injury claim, you may be required to reimburse your employer for some of the workers’ compensation benefits it paid to you from your third-party compensation.
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