Workplace accidents can occur in any type of work environment. The construction industry often comes to mind when one thinks of on-the-job accidents, however every industry has its risks and workers in all professions can become a victim of an accident.
Fortunately, the law is intended to protect injured workers in New York by requiring all employers in the State to provide workers’ compensation benefits to employees.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident you may be entitled to workers’ compensation and / or Social Security Disability benefits. However, obtaining the benefits that you may be owed can be difficult to do and many workers are unable to get the support that they need.
At The Disability Guys, we are dedicated to representing all New York workers who have been injured in workplace accidents. Contact us today for a free consultation on your legal options after a work injury.
Types of Work Accidents
Below you will see a list of common workplace accidents that occur in New York. While these are some of the most common accidents, we help all New York workers who have been injured no matter what type of accident caused the injury.
Slip & Fall Accidents
According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims. Additionally, slip and fall accidents are the leading cause to occupational injury in people aged 55 years or older.
These accidents can happen in any work environment and the injuries sustained can range in severity.
If you were injured in the course of work as the result of a slip and fall or other type of accident, you may be entitled to financial support in the form of workers’ compensation or Social Security disability.
To learn more about slip and fall accidents in the workplace click here.
Many people think that offices are free from any dangers, however this is not true. In fact, injuries are often sustained in office environments.
Some of the most common types of workplace accidents and injuries that occur in the office include:
- Trips over wires
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Slip and falls
- Muscle strains
- Back injuries
If you work in an office and were injured in the course of work, you have the right to workers’ compensation.
Construction sites in New York are inherently dangerous. Heavy equipment, hazardous materials and elevated heights often cause serious accidents on construction sites.
Some of the most common types of construction accidents that occur in New York include:
- Crane Accidents
- Scaffold Accidents
- Ladder Accidents
- Forklift Accidents
- Building Collapses
- Injuries From Falling Objects
These are only some of the most common types of construction accidents. However, there are many other types of accidents that can occur on a construction site. If you have been injured on a construction site you may be entitled to receive workers compensation.
The Disability Guys have the experience required to represent New York workers in all types of construction accidents.
Distracted driving is the leading cause of auto accidents and any worker on the road is at risk.
What Are The Most Common Ways A Driver Is Distracted?
Accident statistics have shown that the most common causes of distracted driving include:
Cell Phone Use
Talking on the phone, texting, playing games, and taking pictures are all forms of distraction which can take a person’s eyes off the road long enough for them to drive the length of a football field in a matter of seconds.
Talking To Passengers
Many people find it rude to not make eye contact when speaking and they naturally do what they can to make sure that the person they are speaking to knows they are paying attention. But even the slightest of motions with the eye can prevent the driver from seeing an obstacle in the road.
People find crashes fascinating and often, a second accident occurs because the driver is too busy looking at the first accident and doesn’t pay attention to what is going on in front of them.
Eating / Drinking
It’s tempting to eat when you have little time between destinations but it can be dangerous due to the fact that it may not only prevent the driver from paying attention but it also requires the use of their hands.
Drivers throughout the country have been seen brushing their hair, applying makeup, and even getting dressed while driving! Of course, these actions are better done at home.
To try and educate the public about the dangers of driving while distracted, the National Safety Council has released a free online 45-minute Distracted Driving Course.
However an accident happens, those involved are often seriously injured or killed, causing not only physical and emotional pain but also resulting in financial stress for both the victim and their loved ones.
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How Much Can Medical Care Cost?
In the U.S., doctors and researchers are always doing their best to make advances in medicine so that patients can live longer, healthier, and happier lives. However, for many, obtaining treatment can be difficult due to the cost of care. Take the following into consideration:
- The average cost to treat a broken bone ranges from $1500 to $15,000 depending on which bone is broken and if the patient requires surgery.
- Traumatic brain injuries can cost a patient between $85,000 and $3 million over their lifetime.
- Depending on the severity of their injury, patients with damage to their spine can expect to pay between $42,000 and $1 million for their medical care over their lifetime.
These are just a few examples and often, the victims of car accidents have more than one injury which requires treatment. Thankfully, workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability were created so that injured workers didn’t become financially destitute after being hurt on the job.
If I’m Involved In A Car Accident While Working, Can I Claim Workers’ Comp?
Yes, if you are working when you are a pedestrian who is hit by a car or are in another vehicle that was involved in the accident and you sustained an injury, you can claim workers’ compensation.
There may be complications with filing due to the fact that car insurance should also provide coverage, but in many cases, the coverage provided through car insurance isn’t enough and the policy limits are met quickly.
Miners work hundreds of feet below the surface with heavy machinery and explosives – a deadly combination. Miners a six times more likely to be injured on the job than most professions, but they are just as likely to have their benefits denied.
Learn more about the legal options available to miners here.
Hospital workers can become victims of many different types of accidents. Workers in the healthcare industry are not only susceptible to standard accidents such as a slip and fall, but are also at risk of other types of accidents in the healthcare industry.
For example, nurses and doctors can contract diseases or illnesses from their patients. Additionally, workers can suffer injuries to the back, neck, knee or hip when maneuvering a patient.
Have you been injured in a hospital accident? Contact us today for a free consultation. We will help evaluate your situation and maximize your chances of recovering workers’ compensation.
Warehouse & Factory Accidents
Warehouse and factory workers are often subject to dangerous working conditions. Unfortunately, these dangerous working conditions can result in serious accidents and injuries.
Some of the most common types of accidents and injuries that occur in a warehouse or factory include:
- Back Injuries
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Forklift Accidents
- Lifting Injuries
- Machine Injuries
Contact us today if you have been injured while working in a warehouse or factory. Our workers’ compensation attorneys have experience representing warehouse workers and factory workers who were injured on the job.
- Fatalities & Wrongful Death
- Car Accidents While Working
- Defective Equipment
- Industrial Work Accidents
- Chemical Accidents
- Refinery Accidents
- Mining Accidents
- Port / Dock Accidents
Work Accident Lawyers In New York
Were you or a friend injured on the job or are you unable to work due to a disability?
In fact, many injured workers are unable to get the benefits that they deserve due to the complicated application process or other problems.
The Disability Guys are committed to helping injured workers obtain the workers’ compensation that they deserve. We represent all injured workers in New York no matter what industry or what type of accident occurred. Contact us today at (866) 205-2415 for a free consultation.