Imagine you’re an average New York City hardhat. You’ve been working yourself to the bone at city construction jobs for the last 15 years. You’ve made really good money and learned a lot of valuable skills in the process. You’ve also been lucky to never suffer any injuries, even though you encounter a lot of potentially fatal dangers every day at work.
However, last week things went differently. You climbed up on a ladder to inspect a caulk job done by one of the guys you manage. It was something you do 20 or 30 times a day, but this time you slipped. There was some wet caulk on one of the rungs of the ladder, your foot slipped out from under you and you took a really bad tumble.
The doc says you suffered a concussion, and you also broke your wrist and collarbone as you tried to break the fall. Your teeth are fine, you have no other serious problems, but you’ve got to take about a month off work while you’re healing. When it dawned on you that you won’t be making any money during this time, you started to get worried. How are you going to pay rent, child support and buy food to put on the table?
Fortunately, since your injury happened at work, you’re likely covered by the New York workers’ compensation system. You can file a claim to receive benefits to pay for your medical care and rehabilitation services. You may even be able to qualify for wage replacement benefits if your injuries prevent you from going to work for an extended period of time. If you have any questions about filing a workers’ compensation claim, or if you want to make sure you’re appropriately filing to receive the maximum benefits available to you, the New York, New York, workers’ compensation law firm of Paris & Chaikin, PLLC, is here to help.