Types of Workers' Compensation Cases
How Our New York City Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Help You
At Schotter Millican, our attorneys have a long history of representing injured workers throughout New York City. We are proud to serve local communities in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and beyond, providing personalized and attentive counsel to clients navigating an array of complex workers’ compensation matters.
Our New York City workers’ compensation attorneys can assist you with any of the following:
- Workplace Accidents: It can happen to anyone—and it often does. A sudden workplace accident can lead to debilitating injuries, leaving you unable to return to work for weeks, months, or even years. Regardless of the type of accident or the industry you work in, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you were injured in an on-the-job accident.
- Construction Workers’ Compensation Claims: The construction industry sees the most on-the-job accidents and work-related injuries of any occupation. In New York, most injured construction workers have the right to file for workers’ compensation and recover benefits for related expenses, such as medical care costs and lost income.
- Work-Related Car Accident Claims: Truck drivers, delivery drivers, and other workers who spend considerable time on the road are at a heightened risk of being involved in work-related accidents. Whether you drive for a living or were injured while running an errand for your boss, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
- Healthcare Workers’ Compensation Claims: Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers spend long hours on their feet, working with various types of equipment, and in close contact with potentially harmful infectious diseases. Those who sustain repetitive strain injuries, are involved in workplace accidents, or are otherwise injured in the course of their employment may be entitled to workers’ compensation.
- Workplace Repetitive Strain Injuries: Over time, repetitive movements and work-related tasks can lead to serious and even debilitating injuries. In New York, workers’ compensation covers certain repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, lateral epicondylitis (“tennis elbow”), and more.
- Harmful Occupational Exposure: Exposure to harmful chemicals, toxic substances, and infectious diseases or germs at work can lead to an array of debilitating health conditions. In New York, workers’ compensation covers illnesses and injuries resulting from occupational exposure, such as lung conditions, brain damage, infections, and cancer.
- Occupational Hearing Loss: Workers who are exposed to loud noises for extended periods of time may suffer partial or total hearing loss. Employers are responsible for providing workers with adequate noise protection, such as earplugs and noise-canceling headphones. If you suffer from occupational hearing loss, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation.
- 9/11 Ground Zero Participant Claims: Schotter Millican is proud to represent first responders, cleanup crews, volunteers, and other heroes who dedicated themselves to rescue, recovery, and clearing efforts in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We have helped many individuals navigate state legislature specifically implemented to aid these individuals.
- Workplace Assaults: If you were assaulted by a coworker, customer, or another individual in the workplace or while carrying out work-related duties, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation. In New York, workplace assaults are frequently compensable, but specific requirements must be met for an injured individual to receive benefits.
- Mental Stress Claims: High-stress occupations can take a toll. In some cases, mental health conditions, such as severe stress or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), may be compensable under the New York workers’ compensation system. Our team at Schotter Millican knows how to navigate these laws on your behalf and is committed to protecting your right to a fair recovery.
- COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Claims: Employees who were forced to take time off work due to COVID-19 or the effects of long-haul COVID-19 may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. It is essential that you work with a highly skilled and knowledgeable attorney, like those at Schotter Millican, as this is a very new and continuously developing area of New York workers’ compensation law.
- Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits: When an employee dies in an on-the-job accident or due to a work-related health condition, his or her spouse, children, and other family members may be entitled to death benefits through the New York workers’ compensation system. Death benefits include weekly compensation for lost income, reasonable funeral expenses, and more.
- Workers’ Compensation and Employer Retaliation: When you file a workers’ compensation claim, your employer is prohibited by law from retaliating against you. This means that they cannot fire you, demote you, or pass you over for a raise or promotion because you have filed for workers’ compensation benefits. At Schotter Millican, we represent individuals who have been wrongfully terminated or suffered other forms of employer retaliation.
- Denied Workers’ Compensation Claims and Appeals: If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, you have the right to file an appeal. This is a complex, multi-step process involving various motions that must be filed and hearings that must be attended. We strongly recommend that you work with an experienced attorney, like ours at Schotter Millican, who can help you navigate your workers’ compensation appeal.
Contact Schotter Millican to Learn More
We strive to be a resource for injured workers who want to learn more about their legal rights and options. Our New York City workers’ compensation lawyers offer free initial consultations and can provide you with the information you need to move forward with your claim. Our multi-lingual staff serves clients from English-, Spanish-, and Polish-speaking communities and can discuss your case with you in person or over the phone.
Even if you are unsure whether you have a workers’ compensation case, we encourage you to reach out to our firm right away. Several deadlines could apply to your situation—the sooner you contact us, the better.