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Over two million people are injured on the job every year in the U.S. A workplace injury can not only affect your personal life and your daily activities, but it can also drastically affect your future ability to earn a living. One study found that roughly 36% of people between ages 51-61 whose disability limited the work they could perform sustained that disability or illness in the workplace.
Construction work is some of the most dangerous in the country. Working construction in NYC is particularly hazardous. Fatal accidents are common – with falls leading the list of risks to construction workers. When accidents aren’t deadly, they often result in life-altering injuries.
Have you suffered an injury in a construction accident that caused a permanent disability in New York City, NY? Don’t try to navigate the next steps alone. Contact the award-winning legal team at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel or call us at (212) 564-2800 for a free consultation to learn what compensation you could be entitled to receive.
Suddenly becoming permanently disabled is physically, mentally, and emotionally devastating. Not to mention the financial strain and worry it causes.
Hiring an experienced permanent disability lawyer can make all the difference in bringing stability to your future.
When you hire our NYC construction accident attorneys, we will:
We are fierce advocates for injured workers in New York City, New York. We will explore all options for compensation for benefits – whether that is through workers’ compensation, social security, or a personal injury lawsuit.
A permanent disability is an impairment that is not expected to improve over time and permanently prevents you from working. A permanent disability may be partial or total.
If you have a permanent total disability, you are unable to work at all due to a permanent physical or mental impairment.
If you have a permanent partial disability, your ability to earn a living has been reduced or hindered by a physical or mental impairment, but on a permanent basis.
On the other hand, if you have a temporary disability, you are unable to work for a limited period of time. As with a permanent disability, a temporary disability could be total or partial.
Examples of permanent disabilities could include:
There are often multiple sources of potential compensation to help you with living expenses and medical care.
If you are injured on the job, you will generally qualify for workers’ compensation benefits based on the level of your disability. Accidents resulting in disability are complicated, especially if they occur on the job.
In general, workers’ compensation pays for your medical treatment and a portion of your wages. You’ll typically be entitled to about two-thirds of your average weekly wage. If your disability is permanent, there’s no limit to the number of weeks you can receive benefits. However, there is a weekly maximum set by law ($1063.05 for 2022). Your weekly maximum is set as of the date of your injury, and you will not receive an increase if the weekly amount is increased after your injury.
Just because you’re entitled to workers’ comp doesn’t mean that actually getting the money in your pocket will be an easy process, particularly with a permanent disability. Our experienced New York City workers’ compensation lawyers will file, monitor, or appeal workers’ comp claims to help you get the money you deserve.
If a third party (other than your employer) contributed to the cause of your accident, it’s possible you could be able to file a lawsuit to recover additional compensation. Construction projects often involve many different companies. An on-site accident could be caused by another company, defective equipment, or even a government agency. If that’s the case, you may be able to seek additional compensation.
The interplay between workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability Insurance, and proceeds from other sources requires careful coordination. It’s important to work with an experienced lawyer to make sure you don’t miss deadlines and requirements for different types of compensation that could be available to you.
Don’t miss out on compensation that could be owed to you if you have suffered a permanent disability. The New York City construction accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel have recovered tens of millions of dollars for injured victims.
We are passionate about standing up for individuals who were hurt on the job and can no longer work due to a disability. Let us help you recover the compensation you deserve – whether it is by fighting for the full workers’ comp benefits that you deserve or filing a personal injury lawsuit.
We offer free consultations, so call today to learn how we can help!
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