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When you mention workplace injuries, most people think about construction accidents but fail to realize that anyone can be injured at their job no matter where they work. According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. That means that approximately 4.5 million people are injured at work every year. Many of those injuries will require the employee to miss work in order to get treatment or recover from their injury.

The attorneys at Russo Law LLP help injured New Yorkers understand their options and get the compensation they need to move forward. If you’ve been injured on the job and need some advice, call us at (917) 675-6553 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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The Basic Idea Behind Workplace Injury Claims

The irony behind workplace injuries is that they often result in missing work or even result in a total loss of employment due to disability. For most people, the inability to work and the sudden loss of income creates an immediate financial crisis. The law, therefore, recognizes that workers need to be protected from abusive employment practices, and should be compensated when injured while on the job.

What Happens When You Are Injured on the Job

If you get injured on the job, you may have a right to compensation from your employer or other parties. Here are some of the claims that you can pursue if you’re injured and unable to work:

  • Worker’s Compensation
  • A personal injury lawsuit
  • A short-term or long-term disability insurance claim

Each type of claim has unique considerations with its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, you can receive compensation through worker’s compensation regardless of whether your employer was at fault. However, filing a worker’s compensation claim may cause you to forfeit any other claims against your employer. Finally, you may need to make a disability claim if you are unable to work, so it’s important to understand how those benefits relate to your other potential claims.

Workplace Injuries Happen in Every Industry

As mentioned above, most people think of construction sites when the topic of workplace injuries arises. Surprisingly, the construction industry has only the fifth-highest number of injuries according to the National Safety Council. Perhaps not surprisingly, the uniformed service industry, such as firefighters and police, has the highest number of injuries. The transportation and shipping industries have the next highest number of injuries on the job, likely as a result of moving heavy cargo and time spent on the road. Manufacturing has the third highest number of injuries, with installation, maintenance, and repair services fourth.

That said, injuries also occur in office jobs, hospitals, sales jobs, and any other line of work you can imagine. The injuries sustained in those jobs may not be as gruesome as in other industries, but can still be serious and require time off of work or even result in short or long-term disability.

Commonly Overlooked Workplace Injuries

Many people find themselves injured and unable to work but unfortunately fail to realize that they may be entitled to compensation. Worker’s compensation and other claims are not limited to people injured in accidents in factories or on construction sites. Here are some of the most common workplace injuries:

  • Repetitive motion injuries: if you do the same movements every day at work for a significant period of time, the stress caused by overuse could eventually lead to injury. For example, office workers who spend a lot of time typing on a computer may develop vision issues and carpal tunnel syndrome that make it difficult, if not impossible, to do their job.
  • Injuries caused by vehicle accidents: People who drive for a living face the dangers of the road every day, and vehicle accidents can result in very serious injuries. The more time you spend driving, the more likely it is that you may be involved in a car accident.
  • Violence in the workplace: If you work as a bouncer or in some other confrontational line of work, getting injured may be somewhat expected. However, you may be entitled to compensation any time you are injured as a result of violence in the workplace. For example, nurses and other hospital staff may be entitled to compensation when they get assaulted by angry patients - something that happens more often than you would think.
  • Slip, trip, and fall injuries: if you slip and fall on the job, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer.
  • Overexertion: You may be entitled to compensation if you are injured while pushing, pulling, or lifting heavy objects as part of your job.

No matter what happened, if you were injured on the job, you may have a claim against your employer.

How a Workplace Injury Lawyer Can Help

All of this may sound straightforward, but it can actually be quite complicated. In some cases, your employer might try to claim that you weren’t actually “on the job” when you were injured. In addition, your employer’s negligence may have caused your injury, in which case you may want to consider a personal injury lawsuit over a worker’s compensation claim. Even if your injury seems straightforward, the worker’s compensation and disability insurance claims processes can be incredibly complicated and full of pitfalls that can jeopardize your recovery. An experienced workplace injury attorney can help you face these challenges and win.

Contact an Experienced New York City Workplace Injury Attorney

If you’ve been injured on the job, don’t let your injury sabotage your future. The situation can spiral out of control before you know it, and so you need to focus on your recovery and paying your bills. A skilled workplace injury attorney can help you get the compensation you need, help you get back on your feet, and most importantly, help you get back to work.

At Russo Law LLP, our experienced workplace injury attorneys can help you understand your options and give you dedicated, aggressive legal representation to protect your rights and get you a fair result. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with one of our workplace injury attorneys, just give us a call at (917) 675-6553 or contact us.

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