Most new years bring new changes to Workers’ Compensation substantiating the proof that Workers’ Comp is a complicated matter and one that workers should not play guessing games with.
Most often when an employee files a claim about an on the job injury, it’s legitimate. After all, workplace injuries unfortunately happen more than anyone would like to believe — especially the employers and their insurance companies whose main goal is to make sure an injured worker receives as little compensation as possible.
Jordan Ziegler, Esq. of the law firm Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano LLP, said the NYS Workers’ Compensation system is a no-fault system that was created to aid injured workers with wage replacement and medical benefits. However, navigating through the Workers’ Comp maze requires much more than chasing a dangling carrot. You need to know and understand the rules in order to follow the rules. And that’s no easy task.
As an attorney handling Workers’ Compensation cases for decades, Ziegler said he has seen way too many workplace injuries and deaths, often as a result of employer negligence or carelessness. While the construction industry is the deadliest industry in New York City with deaths resulting from falls from heights or falling debris, no industry is exempt from workplace injuries.
The effects of even a small injury can last a lifetime, so make the most of each step toward healing and the compensation to which you are entitled. Effective July 1, 2019, the new maximum weekly benefit for Workers’ Compensation claims increased to $934.11 from the previous year’s $904.74.