Workplace Safety Attorney

Federal laws mandate that employees have the right to a safe workplace environment. A safe workplace is one that is free from unreasonable risks of harm, such as toxic substances, fall hazards, ergonomic issues, unguarded machinery, unsafe scaffolds, and biological hazards. There are several organizations that impose safety standards on the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is one of the biggest supporters of employee rights. If employers fail to fulfill their duties under federal law, serious accidents can occur. Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C., helps injured employees pursue recovery through the NY Workers’ Compensation system and/or personal injury lawsuits.

About the New York State Workers’ Compensation Program

After a workplace injury, you may not know what steps to take to receive compensation. Stay calm, and work with your employer to solve the issue. Your employer should have information about the company’s workers’ compensation insurance policy and how to file a claim. If you have questions about your legal options and rights as an injured employee, talk to an attorney. Arming yourself with legal representation can be a wise idea in the face of catastrophic workplace injuries or serious illnesses. Here are a few facts about workers’ comp in New York:

Dealing with a workers’ compensation claim in New York City is no walk in the park. You must fulfill strict filing requirements and deadlines, as well as handle communications with your employer’s insurance company. You may find yourself at the receiving end of a bad faith insurance deal, where the company offers less than what your injuries are worth or denies your claim altogether. If this happens, talk to an attorney as soon as possible.

Workers’ Compensation Is Not Your Only Option

In many cases, a workplace accident stems from negligence. If you suspect negligence played a role in your injuries for any reason, talk to a lawyer before you file for workers’ compensation benefits. You may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit instead of or in addition to workers’ comp. Maximizing your financial recovery may require a civil claim against your employer, a product manufacturer, or another party. To hear your legal opportunities following a workplace accident in NYC, contact us and request a free consultation.