A workplace injury, also referred to as an occupational injury, is an injury to an employee that occurs in the workplace. In many instances, the injured worker is eligible for compensation, or also known as workers compensation.

Many times a third party is responsible-in whole or in part-for an occupational injury. It could be the manufacturer of a machine that causes the harm, the driver of another car, or the owner of the premises where an injury occurs. These types of cases can provide substantially greater benefits than the workers compensation claim will provide.

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor recorded more than 3.5 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses occurring in private industry, with more than 1 million of those injured requiring time off from work. More than 5,000 fatal work-related injuries were reported in both the public and private sectors for the same year.

Workplace accidents can result in numerous ways: slips, trips, or falls in the workplace are common causes of injury. Less frequent, but more severe injuries, such as loss of limb, can occur in industries with exposure to heavy equipment. Jobs which require the use of dangerous chemicals can result in burns or respiratory problems.

There are also work-related musculoskeletal disorders, or “MSDs”, defined by the U.S. Department of Labor as “an injury or disorder of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs.”

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Certain factors can cause or aggravate a work-related musculoskeletal disorders:

  • lifting, pushing, or pulling of an object
  • standing or sitting in an awkward posture
  • forceful exertions
  • exposure to extreme heat, cold, humidity, or vibration

Carpal tunnel syndrome and back injuries are two common musculoskeletal disorder injuries. A musculoskeletal disorder injury results from the repetitive nature of the stress placed on the injured area. While the body’s exposure to the stress is too low for traumatic injury to occur, the repeated exposure to such stress can interfere with the body’s normal recovery process, eventually resulting in an MSD type injury.

If your or a loved one has suffered an injury at work, you should report the incident to your employer. You should also speak with an attorney who specializes in worker’s compensation and workplace injuries. Contact Charnas Law Firm today.

 

We Will Make Sure the Insurance Company Treats You Fairly

If you get hurt on the job, you can expect the claims adjuster to look for any possible reason to dispute your claim. Since your family’s financial security may very well be at stake, especially if the injuries prevent you from returning to work for an extended period of time, it is wise to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. At Charnas Law Firm, we have built a reputation on providing tenacious representation and helping injured workers obtain the full compensation they deserve.

 

Our law firm is respected by insurance companies throughout New York and Massachusetts. Insurers know that our workers’ compensation lawyers prepare for every claim as if they are going to trial, even if a settlement is the expected outcome, and we won’t settle for anything less than what you deserve.

 

We Will Help You Overcome Any Disputes That Might Arise

 

When it comes to workers’ compensation claims, the insurance provider is not the only party that needs to be cooperative in order for you to obtain a fair payout. Your employer also must be willing to work with you.

 

It is not uncommon for employers to argue that a worker was injured while performing non-work-related duties, or to dispute a claim for another reason. If your employer decides to dispute your claim, attorney Scott Charnas will help you gather the evidence needed to strengthen your case and will aggressively represent you through every stage of the proceedings.

 

Call 212-980-6800 for a Free Consultation with a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

 

If you need a workers’ compensation attorney in New York or Massachusetts, turn to Charnas Law Firm. Call 212-980-6800 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free case evaluation.