Lawyer for workers’ compensation

Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

If you work in the Bronx, then chances are workers’ compensation insurance covers you. If you got hurt or sick in connection with your job, or your spouse or close relative died from health complications related to their work, you may qualify for workers’ comp benefits. Workers’ compensation doesn’t make receiving the benefits you deserve easy or straightforward. A skilled Bronx workers’ compensation lawyer can handle the process for you to make sure you receive every penny owed to you for your medical care and lost income. Contact The Law Office of Ivan M. Diamond to learn more.

A Workers’ Comp Lawyer You Can Trust

Workers get hurt and sick every day throughout the Bronx, no matter if they work at corner bodegas in Morris Heights, office buildings in Melrose, or construction projects in Bedford Park. As an experienced Bronx injury attorney, I believe each and every one of them deserves to get full workers’ comp benefits to help them pay for their care and replace their lost income. And they may deserve additional compensation from other sources, too. I’ve recovered millions of dollars for injured workers throughout New York City, including:

  • $1.5 million for a construction worker who suffered head and back injuries after getting hit by a piece of falling plywood.
  • $1 million for an electrical worker who suffered a burn injury.
  • $425,000 for a construction worker who sustained a closed head injury when hit by debris.
  • $350,000 for a construction worker who fractured an ankle by falling from a ladder.

I also believe that the last thing you should have to worry about after getting hurt or sick at work is how you’ll pay for a lawyer. I offer free case evaluations in person or by phone, and I’ll come to you if you can’t make it to my Bronx office. I also represent my workers’ comp clients on a contingent fee basis, which means I only get paid if I win for you. Contact my Bronx office today for your free workers’ comp case evaluation.

Overview of Workers’ Compensation in the Bronx

Lawyer for Workers’ Compensation in BronxWorkers’ compensation (or just workers’ comp) is a form of insurance purchased by your employer. It covers you for expenses and losses you might have if you get hurt or sick in connection with performing your job duties. Nearly all employers in the Bronx must purchase workers’ compensation for their workers. Workers’ comp applies to virtually all workers, regardless of their age, job responsibilities, hours worked, or their immigration status. Workers’ comp can even cover undocumented workers. Workers’ compensation insurance covers you for any injury or illness you suffer in connection with your job. For example:

  • Injuries from accidents, falls, or other preventable incidents at work
  • Injuries from performing job responsibilities like lifting or tending equipment
  • Injuries from motor vehicle accidents involving a work vehicle
  • Illnesses from exposure to toxic chemicals used in your job
  • Illnesses from exposure to environmental contaminants at your workplace

These are just a few examples of the types of work-related harm that’s covered under workers’ compensation insurance. The best way to find out if an injury or illness you suffer from is covered by workers’ comp is to speak with an experienced Bronx workers’ compensation attorney. Contact The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond to talk for free with a knowledgeable legal professional. (Se habla Español.)

Common Workers’ Compensation Injuries

Your employer must carry workers’ compensation insurance to protect you if you’re injured on the job. State and federal workers’ compensation laws cover over 130 million workers. Injuries that workers’ compensation covers can vary but usually includes:

  • Broken bones
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Amputation
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Burns
  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Cuts
  • Sprains
  • Paralysis

If you or a loved one was injured while working, workers’ compensation insurance may cover some of your medical bills. We’ve worked with many clients, however, who find themselves responsible for some of the costs associated with their injury. We find this tragic. You’ve already suffered enough and you should not be on the hook for the cost of your recovery. Working with us gives you the peace of mind you need so you can focus on your recovery while we focus on your workers’ compensation claim, working hard to make sure you get the full value of your claim.

Steps to Take After Your Accident

After your on the job injury, your sole focus should be on getting better. But that can require some work. Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance may not want to pay your claim right away leaving you on the hook for your medical bills. To help you get through this tough time, there are certain steps you should take right away:

  • Seek medical treatment. This is common sense. When you’re injured, you need to get medical help. But it’s even more important in your workers’ compensation claim to make sure a medical professional records your injuries and provides a diagnosis as soon as possible.
  • Report your accident to your employer. There is a time limit in which you must report your accident to your employer or your workers’ compensation claim could be barred. Make sure you report your injuries to your employer as quickly as possible.
  • If you’re able, take pictures. But only if it is safe to do so. You want to get pictures of the accident scene and your injuries. Pictures can help us determine the value of your workers’ compensation claim and provide us with images taken moments after you suffered the injuries to show their severity.
  • Exchange contact information with witnesses. Making sure you have this information helps us prepare your claim. Witnesses don’t always stick around for the police or others to take statements, so get contact information so we can speak with them later.
  • Keep a personal injury journal. Write in the journal every day starting with the day of your accident. By keeping a journal, you ensure you forget nothing. You want to keep a note of how you’re feeling every day. Keep note of your injuries and if you’re getting better or getting worse. Keeping meticulous notes can help us negotiate with the insurance company to maximize your recovery.
  • Call The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond. We have helped many clients just like you who have found themselves involved in an on the job accident where they received injuries. You did not cause the accident and you should not bear any responsibility for the costs to get better.

Speaking with a trusted and seasoned workers’ compensation lawyer in New York can make all the difference in your claim. To give you the best chance of a successful recovery, you need to use a lawyer you can trust.

Bronx Workers’ Compensation Benefits

If you get hurt or sick in connection with your job in the Bronx, workers’ comp will usually provide these benefits:

  • It will pay for all reasonably necessary health care to treat your injury or illness, so long as you receive care (other than emergency treatment) from a provider authorized by the New York Workers’ Compensation Board
  • It will pay for two-thirds (66.6 percent) of the weekly income you have lose after your injury or illness has kept you out of work for more than 7 days or has resulted in you working fewer hours or doing a different job.
  • It will pay an additional amount if your injury or illness has resulted in permanent disability that prevents you from working or the loss of use of an upper or lower extremity, loss of your eyesight or hearing, or disfigurement of your face, head, or neck.

In addition, if your loved one dies from an injury or illness connected to their job, workers’ comp generally entitles you to receive survivor benefits, which cover two-thirds (66.6 percent) of the loss of your loved one’s income, as well as funeral and burial expenses. Contact my office today to learn about the workers’ comp benefits you may receive for the work-related injury, illness, or loss you suffer in the Bronx.

Other Compensation You Might Receive

In addition to your workers’ comp benefits, you might also have the right to receive other compensation for a work-related injury, illness, or death. The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond knows how to explore your circumstances and identify other potential sources of payment for your loss. In some workplace injury, illness, or fatality cases, a specific individual, business, or entity might have legal and financial liability for what happened to you or your loved one. For example, the manufacturer of toxic building materials could be at fault for making you sick at your office. Or a motorist could have liability for causing a crash that injured you while you were driving for work. Or, if you work in construction, a property owner or your employer could face liability under New York’s scaffold law for unsafe conditions at your job site. In those instances, you may pursue a separate insurance claim or lawsuit against that at-fault party for additional payments, over and above what you receive from workers’ comp. The compensation you could receive through this sort of legal action could include payment for:

  • Medical care not covered by workers’ comp
  • Other life expenses not covered by workers’ comp
  • Lost income and job benefits not covered by workers’ comp
  • Your physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Your diminished quality of life or daily inconvenience
  • Scarring and disfigurement not covered by workers’ comp

After a loved one’s death, a separate insurance claim or lawsuit could also recover payment for:

  • Loss of the earnings, financial support, inheritance, or services, to the extent not covered by workers’ comp survivor benefits
  • Loss of the guidance or support of a parent (if the deceased victim had minor children)
  • Medical expenses before death that were not covered by workers’ comp
  • Your loved one’s pain and suffering before death

If someone’s extreme or intentional misconduct caused your work-related injury or illness, a Bronx County Court might also award you additional, punitive damages, as a way of punishing the at-fault party. At The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond, I dig into the facts of your case to identify every potential source of compensation for your injuries. I have the experience and resources to file  and win separate lawsuits or insurance claims on your behalf whenever the evidence permits them.

Services I Can Provide in Workers’ Comp Cases

My goal at The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond in every workers’ compensation case is always to get you the maximum payment available to help you pay your bills and rebuild your life after a work-related trauma. I have many methods at my disposal to achieve that outcome. Depending on the needs of your case, I can:

  • Investigate the circumstances of your work-related injury or illness to identify the causes and at-fault parties
  • Calculate the benefits due to you under workers’ comp
  • Evaluate other monetary damages you may have the right to claim
  • Assist you in connecting with authorized medical providers who can receive payment for your care under workers’ comp
  • Handle the process of claiming workers’ comp benefits on your behalf
  • Communicate with the workers’ comp insurance company to make sure your claim stays on track and gets paid
  • Handle the appeal of any portion of your workers’ comp claim that gets denied or reduced
  • Analyze your rights to file a separate lawsuit or insurance claim for additional monetary damages
  • Pursue separate lawsuits or insurance claims on your behalf
  • Negotiate settlements of your workers’ comp or other claims
  • Advise you about whether to accept or reject settlement offers
  • Take your case to court and make persuasive arguments to a judge or jury
  • Make sure you receive every last penny of compensation owed to you by a workers’ comp insurance company or another liable party

These are just some of the services I can provide. No matter what a workers’ comp case throws my way, I’m prepared to handle it and get the best possible outcome for my clients. Contact me today for a free consultation to learn what I can do for you.

Tips for Dealing with a Bronx Workers’ Comp Claim

Often, the smartest thing you can do after getting hurt or sick in connection with your job is to contact a skilled workers’ comp lawyer right away. At The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond, I’m ready to represent injured workers or grieving families at any stage of the workers’ compensation claim process. The sooner you contact a lawyer for personal injury, the better your odds of getting a favorable result in your case. In addition to reaching out to a skilled lawyer, you can also protect yourself when you:

Get Medical Care

Don’t delay getting medical care for your work-related injury or illness. If you need emergency treatment, go to the nearest hospital right away. If it’s not an emergency, schedule an appointment with an approved medical provider immediately. Taking quick action to get care is critical for numerous reasons. First and foremost, it protects your health and wellbeing. Second, it preserves your right to receive workers’ comp benefits. Third, it leads to the creation of medical records that can serve as valuable evidence in your workers’ comp claim or a separate legal action for monetary damages. Remember, some potentially severe injuries don’t always show symptoms right away. Never take a wait-and-see approach to a work-related injury or illness. Get care as soon as you can to protect yourself and your rights.

Notify Your Employer

Under New York law, you must notify your employer within 30 days of getting hurt at work or discovering that you suffer from a work-related illness. Missing this deadline could lead to the loss of your workers’ comp benefits. The safest way to make sure you give timely notice is to tell your employer about an injury or illness immediately even before you seek medical care (unless you have to go to the emergency room). Don’t rely on your co-workers to tell your employer about what happened to you. Do it yourself or ask a lawyer to do it for you.

Get Help With Filing Your Workers’ Comp Claim Form

Obtaining workers’ comp benefits requires filing a claim form with the New York Workers’ Compensation Board. The Board tells you that you can file the form yourself, but most workers can benefit from having help with filling it out, to make sure they give accurate and complete information that positions them to receive maximum benefits. An experienced workers’ comp lawyer can assist you with this task.

Contact Ivan M. Diamond About Your Bronx Workers’ Comp Case

 Ivan M. Diamond, Workers’ Compensation Attorney near Bronx, NY area

Ivan M. Diamond Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Bronx

Bronx workers who got hurt or sick on the job, and people who lost a loved one to a Bronx work-related health problem, have significant rights to receive workers’ comp benefits and (potentially) other forms of compensation. At The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond, I can handle the process of getting workers and families maximum payment for their losses. Contact us today at (718) 588-2000 for your free case evaluation with personal injury lawyer in Bronx and learn how we can help you.

The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond – Bronx Office

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“I was blessed to have the law offices of Ivan M. Diamond represent me in an accident case I had a few years back. Throughout the process, Mr. Diamond was not just a attorney who fought and got me a cash settlement, but he showed me a decent and compassionate human being who should empathy and concern. I recommended him for over a half dozen cases since then and all clients feel the same as I do. This lawyer and firm is the best!”

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