Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Getting Compensation for Injured Workers in Queens

When you put in hard work at your job, you naturally expect your employer to support you if you ever get injured while on duty. However, even if your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, obtaining rightful compensation for lost time and appropriate medical treatment can still be an uphill struggle.   

The New York State workers’ compensation system is complex, with over 300 pages of medical guidelines that doctors must adhere to and specific forms that injured workers and their doctors must file. Failure to comply with the compensation board’s numerous guidelines can lead to delayed payments and essential medical care.

Every year, countless individuals file workers’ compensation claims, seeking reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional distress caused by workplace-related injuries.

While some people may easily navigate the process, others face obstacles as employers and insurers attempt to evade responsibility for the harm caused. This is where the invaluable assistance of a workers’ compensation lawyer comes into play, ensuring that injured employees have someone to protect their rights and provide peace of mind throughout the claim process. By partnering with Tucker Lawyers P.C. workers’ compensation lawyers, you can increase your chances of securing the compensation you deserve for your workplace-related injuries.

A workplace attorney can help you right these wrongs. Contact Tucker Lawyers P.C. at (516) 399-2364 for your free case review.

When to Hire a Workers’ Comp Lawyer

Engaging a lawyer to represent you during disputes with the insurance company is crucial, as navigating such situations requires gathering evidence, understanding legal procedures, and employing skilled tactics. Below are specific scenarios where hiring a lawyer is highly advisable:

  • Denial of Your Claim: Workers’ compensation claims can be denied for various reasons, such as disputing the work-related nature of the injury or alleging that the claim was filed too late. To appeal the denial, you’ll need to navigate the workers’ compensation system, which involves gathering evidence, filing formal paperwork, and presenting your case at a hearing.
  • Disputes Over Permanent Disability Rating: Most workers’ compensation settlements are for permanent disability benefits, determined by your disability rating. If the insurance company disagrees with your doctor’s rating, they may require you to attend an independent medical examination (IME) with their chosen doctor, likely resulting in a lower rating. A lawyer is instrumental in securing a fair settlement or convincing a judge of your entitlement to a higher rating.
  • Preexisting Conditions: Having a preexisting injury or condition related to the affected body part can complicate your case with the insurance company. They may attribute your injury to the preexisting condition rather than work activities, especially if it developed gradually over time. In such cases, a lawyer’s assistance is essential.
  • Difficulty Obtaining Necessary Treatment: Insurance companies may deny or delay approval for expensive medical treatments, such as surgery. A lawyer can pressure the insurance company to ensure timely approval of necessary medical care.
  • Impact on Your Ability to Work: If your injury leaves you unable to work, a lawyer can help maximize your workers’ comp benefits and structure them to support you long-term. In the case of a career change, a lawyer can assist in securing training for a new profession.
  • Receiving Other Government Benefits: If you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, your workers’ compensation benefits may affect the amount you receive. We can help minimize the impact on your SSDI benefits and advise on handling Medicare requirements for future medical treatment.
  • Workers’ Comp Hearing: If the insurance company refuses to settle or provides inadequate offers, you’ll need to present your case at a hearing. This is akin to a mini-trial, so having a lawyer represent you becomes almost indispensable.

A workers’ compensation attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Tucker Lawyers P.C. at (516) 399-2364 for your free case review.

What Can I Expect from Workers’ Compensation?

The workers’ comp benefits you can expect varies based on the circumstances of your workplace accident and the severity of your injuries. However, it’s essential to understand that these benefits are unlikely to match your regular wages entirely.

After evaluating your condition, the overseeing healthcare provider will classify your injuries into specific legal categories, which include:

  • Temporary Total Disability: This category applies when your earning capacity has been entirely lost but is expected to be temporary.
  • Permanent Total Disability: Your earning capacity has been permanently and completely lost.
  • Temporary Partial Disability: Your earning capacity is partially lost, which is expected to be temporary.
  • Permanent Partial Disability: Your earning capacity is partially lost, and this reduction is expected to be permanent, affecting your wage-earning potential.

The weekly benefit you receive under your workers’ compensation claim will depend on the classification of your disability and the average weekly wages you earned in the previous year. The standard equation for calculating the specific weekly benefit amount is Expected Weekly Benefit = 2/3 x Your Average Weekly Salary x Percentage of Disability.

Is There Any Compensation Available In Addition To Workers’ Compensation?

If an investigation reveals that a third party, other than your employer, was negligent and responsible for your accident, you can hold that party accountable through a third-party personal injury lawsuit. Moreover, if someone is strictly liable for your injuries under the law, you also retain the right to file a lawsuit.

The following parties could potentially be held liable:

  • Property owners
  • Companies responsible for manufacturing or selling defective work equipment or materials
  • Manufacturers of toxic substances or chemicals
  • Drivers on the road who contributed to a motor vehicle accident.

After experiencing a job-related accident, it is essential to explore all available options. While obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can often be challenging and may not cover all your expenses, pursuing a lawsuit can complement your financial recovery and help maximize compensation. You can seek the full accountability and compensation you deserve by taking legal action.

Reach out to our Queens work injury lawyers today to schedule your free initial consultation. We are here to help.

How Can Tucker Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Queens Help Me?

Having a skilled attorney by your side during this challenging time is crucial to ensure you receive the necessary guidance and support. Our workers’ compensation attorneys at Tucker Lawyers P.C. understand that each case is unique, and we are dedicated to thoroughly investigating your situation to build a strong legal strategy that secures a favorable settlement for you.

Here are some ways a workers’ compensation lawyer can assist you:

  • Handling paperwork: Workers’ compensation claims involve extensive paperwork. Our lawyers will efficiently manage all the paperwork and communicate with your healthcare provider, saving you time and ensuring accuracy and promptness.
  • Providing objective legal advice: Objective legal advice is invaluable during this time, protecting your rights and helping you understand the process. We will guide you and address any legal questions you may have.
  • Effective negotiation: Negotiating can be complex, but our lawyers will skillfully negotiate on your behalf to secure a favorable settlement.
  • Expert representation: We will assess whether your case should go to court and, if necessary, provide strong representation as your best advocate.
  • Maximizing compensation: Our experience and expertise in negotiation will work in your favor, ensuring you receive the maximum compensation you deserve. We will fight tirelessly for your rights.

At Tucker Lawyers P.C., we stand by your side and champion your case, ensuring you receive the best possible outcome and the support you need during this challenging period.

Do I Qualify For Workers’ Compensation In Queens?

According to New York state law, most employees are eligible for benefits if their employer covers workers’ compensation insurance. In the context of workers’ compensation, the definition of an employee is quite inclusive.

As a result, you should be eligible for benefits if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • W2 employee, whether full-time or part-time
  • Leased employee
  • Borrowed employee
  • Day laborer
  • Construction worker
  • Subcontractor
  • Unpaid volunteer.

However, it’s important to note that independent contractors do not qualify for coverage under New York’s workers’ compensation system.


Common Questions Our Queens Workers’ Comp Lawyers Hear from Clients

  • When Isn’t a Workers’ Comp Lawyer Necessary?

    If you sustain a minor work-related injury that fully recovers with treatment, the likelihood of requiring legal representation is low. Insurance companies typically do not dispute claims that meet the following criteria:

    • The injuries are clearly linked to work.
    • The medical treatment required is not extensive.
    • The recovery period does not involve significant time off work.
    • The injuries do not result in permanent damage.

    For instance, consider a situation where you sprained your ankle by slipping on water in the break room. After seeking medical attention, which involved icing your ankle, taking pain relievers, and a few days of bed rest, you could return to your job relatively quickly, with your ankle fully healed within a few weeks. In such a case, your medical expenses would likely be covered. However, in most states, you might not be eligible for wage loss benefits as you were only out of work for a few days.

  • What Types of Clients Does Tucker Represent in Workers’ Compensation Claims?

    Our dedicated team of Queens workers’ compensation attorneys is committed to advocating for clients who have sustained on-the-job injuries and illnesses due to various circumstances, including but not limited to:

    • Construction accidents
    • Scaffolding accidents
    • Ladder accidents
    • Welding accidents
    • Crane accidents
    • Accidents involving heavy machinery
    • Defective work equipment
    • Dangerous working conditions
    • Violations of OSHA safety regulations
    • Car and truck accidents
    • Exposure to toxic chemicals.

    If you are injured while working in Queens, New York, do not hesitate to contact our highly qualified legal team.

Contact a Queens Workers’ Compensation Attorney at Tucker Lawyers P.C.

If you have experienced an accident at your workplace or due to the nature of your job, you deserve nothing less than exceptional legal representation. At Tucker Lawyers P.C., we understand the significance of your workplace injury case and are committed to providing you with expert legal support. Contact us at 516-399-2364 for a free consultation.

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Managing Attorney John. J. Tucker, Esq.

John has personally handled thousands of clients who were victims of another’s negligence and fights relentlessly for their rights. John enjoys bringing closure to a client’s matter so that the injured party can move forward with their life. His background enables him to evaluate complex liability related claims and bring resolution to claims in a record time frame. [ Attorney Bio ]

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