Injuries and Illnesses Covered by New York Workers' Compensation
You were injured on the job in New York, but how do you know if your injury qualifies under workers’ compensation coverage? This question is often on the minds of injured workers, as they try to cope with the consequences of a work-related injury or illness.
Typically, injuries or illnesses that result from the course of employment, are covered under New York workers’ compensation. To simplify this concept – think of it this way – there has to be some type of link between your injury and your job duties. For example, if you injured your back because your job requires you to lift heavy objects, you may be able to qualify for New York workers’ comp benefits. Other examples of compensable injuries include ones that resulted from slipping on a wet surface at work or from an explosion.
Illnesses may also be covered under workers’ compensation. These are medical conditions that were contracted because of your work. Usually there has to be some type of work condition that presented a risk of developing a particular illness. Some work-related illnesses include heart conditions, lung disease and cancer.
It is important to note that your work injury doesn’t necessarily have to be the result of an accident, it can occur gradually over time, such as a repetitive stress injury.
If you have been hurt on the job in New York, contact a Staten Island workers’ compensation lawyer at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr., at 718-701-2776 or Toll Free 800-310-5520. We represent injured workers in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Long Island and the rest of New York.
You do not have to go through the confusing workers’ compensation system alone. Contact our office today for information on how we can help you.