What is Considered a Workplace Accident?

Gene Kirzhner Personal Injury & Workers Compensation

Many types of work environments have dangers that are inherent to them simply because of the nature of the work. One example is the construction industry, but others can involve manufacturing processes or even healthcare. No matter what kind of work you do, it is possible to become injured in an accident while at work. Employers are legally obligated to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover the injuries of employees who are hurt at work. However, if an employer is reluctant to go forward with a workers’ compensation claim after an employee is injured, it’s probably a very good idea to speak with a skilled New York workers’ compensation attorney to protect your rights.

What Is An Occupational Illness?

Occupational illnesses are any illnesses that an employee develops as a result of working at his/her job. For example, a nurse who works on an infectious disease unit in a hospital is at some risk for developing a contagious disease even if he/she follows all the required precautions. Employees who work in boats at sea to catch fish are sometimes exposed to dangerous conditions during rough weather and may sustain an injury if the boat is thrown about during a storm. If such an injury is the result of excessive negligence or of the negligence or carelessness of a third party, it may even be possible to file a civil suit for compensation for the injury in addition to a workers’ compensation claim.

Pre-Existing Conditions

Some workers have pre-existing medical conditions that are made worse by the environment in which they work. For example, if an employee has previously suffered from a herniated lumbar disc and finds that this condition flares up again while at work due to some lifting or similar, you should still be covered by workers’ compensation insurance for your injury in New York as long as it can be shown that you would still be working if not for the new injury. You may be compensated according to an apportionment, which means the amount of injury that it is found your current employment is responsible for.  An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you to qualify for the maximum amount.

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Personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys at Littman & Babiarz Law Office have been helping those with work injuries in central New York for over 30 years. We have Law offices in Auburn and Ithaca NY, and look forward to supporting clients throughout Lansing, Watkins Glen, Owego, Elmira and surrounding Tomkins County, Seneca County, Cayuga County, Cortland County, Schuyler County, Chemung County, Tioga County, Yates County, Onondaga County and Broome County communities. If you’ve been hurt at work and are filing a worker’s compensation claim, Get in touch with us online or call us at 607-277-7527 regarding your free initial consultation today.