Who Is Eligible For Workers' Compensation?

Many people who suffer a serious work-related injury or illness do not apply for workers' compensation because they think they are not eligible. Some may have been told by their employers that they aren't covered by workers' compensation. In reality, the vast majority of workers in New York City are covered.

At the law firm of Paris & Chaikin, PLLC, in Manhattan, we offer a free initial consultation to review the circumstances of your accident and determine if you are eligible for benefits. If you aren't covered by workers' compensation, we'll help you explore other options to get the medical care and disability income you need.

Examples Of Eligible Employees In New York

The following are examples of workers who are eligible for benefits from workers' compensation if they are injured:

  • Undocumented workers
  • Employees of private, for-profit businesses, including part-time employees
  • Domestic workers who work 40 or more hours for the same employer
  • Many municipal and state workers, including some volunteers
  • Most people who work for nonprofit organizations
  • Teachers, except those employed by New York City
  • Agricultural workers whose employer paid them $1,200 or more for farm labor in the past year

Some workers, such as police officers and firefighters, are covered by other insurance programs that provide coverage similar to workers' compensation. Our lawyers will review your coverage and help you recover the full benefits you need and deserve.

What If Someone Else Was At Fault For My Injury?

If your injury was caused by another person's negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation through our civil justice system. While employers generally cannot be sued if they provide workers' compensation benefits, third parties may be sued. Our attorneys will vigorously advocate for your right to full compensation for everything you have lost.

Free Consultation For Injured Workers

To learn more about your options after an on-the-job injury, call our lawyers at 646-741-4005 or send us an email.

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