Since the doors of our law firm first opened in 1933, we have operated on the belief that New Yorkers who have been hurt on the job should be treated with respect. We are completely committed to helping injured workers obtain the compensation they need to heal and plan for the future.
This compensation may come through workers’ compensation claims, social security disability claims, supplemental security income, and personal injury cases. We represent our clients from multiple offices throughout New York, including our Long Island office which is located at 1778 Hempstead Turnpike East Meadow, NY 11554.
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About Long Island
When most people think of Long Island, beaches, great food, and beautiful state parks immediately come to mind. This island, which is 118 miles long and 23 miles wide is the most populous island in the United States, with around 7.5 million residents. It’s even home to the oldest lighthouse in New York State – Montauk Point Lighthouse!
Today, Long Island is home to many notable companies and institutions that are involved in scientific research and engineering, such as Brookhaven National Laboratory and a branch of the Department of Energy that focuses on research. The majority of residents are employed in the following industries:
Regardless of the industry that they work in, anyone who is employed on Long Island may find themselves seriously injured while on the job.
Reasons Why Injured Workers & Their Loved Ones Google “Attorneys Near Me”
Scaffolding Collapses Injuring Six – Long Island City, NY 11101
On June 26th, 2017, six construction workers were seriously injured when the scaffolding they were working on collapsed. The developer that is their employer, Rabsky Group, has already had 20 complaints filed against them since they bought the building in 2015, including allegations that the company told workers to continue working after a stop work order was issued.
Uber Driver Killed By Drunk Driver – Long Island Expressway, NY 11780
An Uber driver who had pulled over onto the side of the Long Island Expressway was killed when a drunk driver attempted to pass the vehicle by going between the stopped car and the median. Instead, he hit the Uber driver and the impact sent him onto the highway where he was hit by another car.
Car Crashes Into Seven-Eleven Causing Injuries – Bay Shore, NY 11751
At around 10:30 p.m., an SUV crashed into the front of a 7-Eleven convenience store, demolishing the front doors and windows and injuring several people inside. Police arrested the driver and he was charged with driving while impaired by drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and reckless endangerment.
Law Firm – Standing United With Workers In New York
Our Lawyers Have Helped Hundreds Obtain Workers’ Compensation
Free Consultations For Employees Hurt On The Job
Voted Best Workers’ Comp Attorneys By Legal Herald 2016
Helping Clients Navigate The Workers’ Compensation Application & Appeals Process
In every industry in the United States, thousands of workers are hurt on the job every year. Accidents can be as simple as a slip and fall on spilled water or as complex as a scaffolding collapse, but the result is the same – employees who are seriously injured.
In New York, employers are required to purchase a workers’ compensation insurance policy to protect their employee’s financial interests. This insurance is meant to cover the medical treatments that are associated with the work injury and may even provide a small portion of the worker’s wages if their injury prevents them from returning to work for an extended period of time. The insurance is supposed to be no fault meaning that even if the injured employee’s actions contributed to the accident, they are still covered, however, insurance companies still have a long list of reasons for denying a claim outright or reducing the amount that is paid. They’ve also made the process of filing a claim deliberately difficult.
When someone is suffering physically, mentally, and emotionally due to an injury, navigating the workers’ compensation process is just added stress. That’s why the legal team at Markhoff & Mittman have dedicated their careers to helping injured workers. From the very beginning, we provide the legal services that are needed, handle the paperwork, and talk to the insurance company.
Employment Attorney – Going Head To Head With Insurance Companies
Nursing & Healthcare Accidents Can End A Career
Attorneys Who Understand The Demands Of The Healthcare Industry
Law Firm Dedicated To Helping Nurses, Doctors, and Hospital Workers Get Workers’ Comp
Previously Provided Legal Services To Victims Of Slip & Fall Accidents, Negligent Security, Exposure, & Heavy Lifting
Unless one has been in the hospital or works in the healthcare industry, it can be difficult to understand the numerous hazards that healthcare workers are exposed to every single day. However, healthcare workers know that at any moment they could sustain an injury or be exposed to an illness that could keep them from their chosen career for a long period of time or for the rest of their lives.
Not only do healthcare workers have to dodge spilled liquids, lift large patients and supplies, and navigate large hospitals that may not be well maintained, but they often have to deal with disoriented and confused patients who may become violent and they are frequently exposed to contagious diseases and hazardous materials.
While it is possible to obtain workers’ compensation to cover the medical bills, a large number of these claims are denied. Denials may occur because of mistakes made on a claim form, insufficient records, or, as it often happens in the healthcare field, an employer contests the claim. Frequently, employers will claim that the injury didn’t occur on the job but in fact, took place while the employee was on their own time.
Social Security Attorney – Identifying All Compensation Opportunities
Social Security Disability Claims & Civil Lawsuits Are Frequently Possible For Accident Victims
Lawyers With Decades Of Experience
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New York Legal Assistance Given During The Claims Process
While many injured workers are aware of how they can obtain compensation through workers’ comp, they don’t know that in many cases they are eligible to obtain compensation via other legal claims. These claims may include a Social Security Disability claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
The compensation provided through either of these claims can give an injured worker additional compensation for their lost wages, physical pain and suffering, and emotional trauma. But just like workers’ comp, the process of filing is intricate and any small mistake can result in a denial. While appeals are possible, there is a backlog and it can take more than a year for compensation to finally be obtained.
The best way to ensure a good outcome is to work with a legal firm from the very beginning. Markhoff & Mittman are able to assist clients with all types of claims and offer free consultations.
Labor Relations Attorney – Seeking Justice For Clients Hurt On The Job
Construction Accident Victims Frequently Need A Lawyer Due To A Third-Party’s Negligence
Compensation Successfully Obtained For Hundreds Of Construction Accident Victims
Law Firm Dedicated To Helping New York Workers For More Than 70 Years
Free Consultations Offered For Victims
When an employer follows the law and obtains workers’ compensation coverage for their employees, the coverage prevents injured workers from filing a lawsuit against their employer. However, that doesn’t mean that a personal injury lawsuit or construction accident lawsuit isn’t possible. In many cases, a third-party, such as a contractor or parts manufacturer has been negligent and can be held responsible.
The purpose of filing a lawsuit is to provide the plaintiff with compensation that can cover medical expenses, lost wages, emotional suffering, and physical trauma. If the victim has passed away, their loved ones are frequently eligible to file on their behalf. In cases of wrongful death, loved ones may be able to regain compensation for their loss of consortium, loss of inheritance, and funeral and burial expenses.
These claims can be filed at the same time as workers’ compensation and social security disability claims.
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Latest Long Island Updates
By Brian Mittman
This news section covers all accident and Workers' Compensation news in Long Island
April 25th, 2018 – Amtrack Worker Seriously Injured When Electrocuted
While making repairs on Track 12 at Penn Station, a man accidentally touched a live wire, sending 12,000 volts through his body. He was immediately knocked unconscious, and literally woke up screaming from the pain he was in. Due to the damage the electricity did to his body, he has had to undergo 12 surgeries and has had both hands and most of his left arm amputated, as well as a toe. Despite his losses, he says that he is thankful to be alive, as typically this type of accident kills its victims.
March 24th, 2018 – Iron Beam Falls From Truck Injuring Three
Three Metro-North workers sustained serious injuries when they were pinned under an iron beam which fell off the back of a boom truck. The accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. while the three victims worked to install a metal walkway. All three were taken to Mount Sinai St Luke’s Hospital for treatment and while their injuries are reported to be severe, doctors don’t believe they are life-threatening.
February 26th, 2018 – Amtrak Worker Fights To Live After Electrocution
A 45-year-old engineer has had both of his hands amputated and is fighting other life-threatening injuries that he sustained when 12,000 volts of electricity pulsed through his body while working on the tracks at Penn Station. To date, he has undergone ten surgeries and he remains in intensive care.
December 11th, 2017 – SUV Crashes Into Chinese Restuarant Injuring Employee
Police have not confirmed what caused an SUV driver to crash into a New Panda Kitchen, injuring one employee inside. Both the employee and the woman driving the SUV were taken to the hospital for medical treatment.
November 8th, 2017 – Bus Driver Killed In High-Speed Collision
Three people died and a total of sixteen others were injured when a New York City Bus and a charter bus collided. The impact sent the vehicles into nearby stores and caused a small fire to break out. Several of the passengers were flung from the bus and pinned underneath of the massive vehicles, both of which sustained serious damage. According to witnesses, the driver of the tour bus ran at least two red lights before hitting the city bus.
October 10th, 2017 – Two Car Accident Injures Six People
A two-car crash on the Long Island Expressway occurred when a Chevy traveling westbound slowed to accommodate exiting traffic and was rear-ended by a Lincoln. The two adults and three children that were in the Chevy were rushed to the hospital by emergency responders. Although none of their injuries were life-threatening, the injuries were deemed to be serious. The driver of the Lincoln was also taken to the hospital.
September 27, 2017- New Jersey Man Falls 22 Feet In Industrial Accident
A man from New Jersey reportedly fell over 20 feet in an industrial accident in Plainfield on September 12, 2017. The man was transported to the hospital with injuries. According to the police, the 36-year-old worker sustained a serious head injury. The accident happened as the man was working on the roof and fell nearly 22 feet to the ground. It is believed the roof gave way under him and he landed on the concrete slab.
August 4, 2017- Industrial Accident Under Open Investigation By OSHA
An industrial accident that took place in Medford on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, is under open investigation by Massachusetts State Police and OSHA. The accident took place when a 50-year-old man who was working alongside the foundation of a building died after the foundation collapsed and struck him. The construction worker was rushed to a local area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The case has been referred to the Office of the Medical Examiner in order to determine what caused the death.
July 14, 2017- Construction Worker Dies After Being Crushed By A Boulder
A construction worker died on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. at Massachusetts site after he was crushed by a boulder. According to the Middlesex County District Attorney, the man was working in a pit in the afternoon when the piece of rock he was near tumbled and trapped him under. His colleagues saw the whole event unfold in front of their eyes and they were unable to stop it. The victim was a man in his 30s and lived in New Hampshire. He worked for Schnabel Foundation Company in Southborough and he was a subcontractor on this project. He was part of the crew that was renovating and expanding the Woburn Public Library.
June 8, 2017- Partial Building Collapse Leaves Two Workers Hospitalized
An industrial accident at Cabot Corporation in Pryor, Oklahoma left two men hospitalized. There was a partial building collapse that was attended to by emergency crews. According to fire officials, the industrial accident was caused by a partial building collapse that left one man pinned under debris for two hours. In total two people were injured, one was flown to a hospital and the other transported by ambulance. OSHA opened an investigation into this incident but, the cause of the building collapse is still unclear.
May 12, 2017- Two Industrial Workers Injured In A Packaging Department
Personnel from the Uhrichsville Fire Department and Smith Ambulance responded to a call at Aleris plant on Newport Road where an accident had occurred. Two male employees were reportedly injured in an industrial accident in the packaging department at the Aleris plant. The employees had to be taken to hospitals in the area for evaluation and treatment. The accident is currently under investigation and the state of the employees was not immediately known.
April 14, 2017- Worker Dies Aboard A Freighter
A man recently died after he suffered a workplace burn injury. He was injured in an incident aboard a Great Lakes freighter. The freighter was being used for winter layup work. The vessel he was on was undergoing service and repairs. OSHA is investigating the incident and looking into the company policies, as well as interviewing anyone who was in the immediate area when the incident took place. An on-site investigation of the area is also taking place. The exact details of his injuries were not released as well.
March 10, 2017- $5 Million Awarded To Electrocution Victim
An electrocution accident victim is set to receive a $5 million settlement for a construction site accident that took place in Ontario County. The man was working on a flatbed truck that was carrying a steel I-beam when a boom affixed to the truck came into contact with high-power cables that were above. The contact caused the truck to energize which led to the man being electrocuted. There were over 7,000 volts of electricity that ran through the victim’s body. This led him to suffer serious burns to his hand, back, and scalp. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) deemed that provisions were not in place before the accident and officials issued citations and penalties to the victim’s employer.
February 24, 2017- Construction Worker Dies After Being Pinned Between A Van And Forklift
A 28-year-old construction worker died after he was crushed to death in a freak accident outside an FDNY warehouse in Queens. The construction worker who worked for Napa Auto Parts was driving a forklift when the accident happened. He put the forklift in neutral, stepped out and walked toward the van to load boxes. As he was doing that the forklift rolled forward and pinned him between the forklift and the van. Medics rushed the man to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he died.
January 27- 2017- Partial Mine Collapse Kills Worker
In Iowa, a mine worker at Linwood Mining and Mineral in Davenport was pronounced dead after he was discovered in a partial mine collapse. The collapse took place just before 10 p.m. and killed a 52-year-old man who was a mine truck operator. He had worked at Linwood for 12years. Very little information has been released about this incident which has been called an isolated event. However, the accident is under investigation by the US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and is expected to take between two to six months. For more information about this accident click here.
December 21, 2016- Man Pulled From Canal Dies After Front-End Loader Accident
A 48-year-old man from Palm Springs died after a front-end loader fell into a canal. The loader swerved off the canal bank, slid sideways and flipped upside down into the water, according to the Sheriff’s office. The man was found by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue divers and it is unclear how long he was in the water for. He was pronounced dead at Palms West Hospital.
November 25, 2016- Welder Killed In Beam Collapse Just Before Thanksgiving
Just before Thanksgiving, two New York workers were killed in a construction accident. One worker was a crane operator and the other a flagman. The accident took place following a 6,500-pound steel I-beam falling as it was being hoisted into place and crashed onto the cab of the crane. The I-beam fell four stories. Some sources have stated that a failure of the rigging which was used to lift the beam may have played a part in the accident. One of the worker’s daughter has called for an investigation into the accident.
October 20, 2016- Long Island Deck Collapse Injures Two Construction Workers
In Amityville, Long Island, two construction workers suffered serious injuries after the deck they were working on collapsed. One of the workers is a 56-year-old man who was critically injured and taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. The other worker is a 19-year-old man who was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip with non-life threatening injuries. The two men were working on the deck in order to repair a home that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. A joint investigation is being conducted by Suffolk County Police First Squad detectives and representatives from OSHA, in order to figure out what caused the collapse.
September 2, 2016- Military Veteran Suffers Devastating Hand Injury At Work
A military veteran and factory worker suffered a devastating hand injury at work after a machine he was working on sliced his fingers off. The veteran states that a piece of scrap metal got caught up in his machine as he was working on something else. As he reached to get the metal out the machine unexpectedly closed on his hand which led him to pull it back causing damage to his fingers. Although surgeons saved the man’s thumb and part of his index finger, his future and ability to work is uncertain.
July 27th, 2016 – Construction Accident Claims Part Of Man’s Hand
A man doing construction work on a home on Long Island lost the top part of his hand while using a power planer. Emergency crews responded and rushed him to the Stony Brook University Hospital by helicopter where he received treatment for his injuries. Read more Patch Media
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