Employers in New York State are required to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. If you are hurt while working, you are entitled to a portion of your lost wages and medical coverage for your injuries. Any disputes between your employer’s insurance company and you, the injured worker, are handled by the Workers’ Compensation Board. It is important to have an attorney represent you because the insurance company, which is in the business of making money, will have their own.
Workers’ compensation is not just for on-the-job accidents. It also covers conditions which develop over time as a result of your work duties. These are called occupational diseases and some examples are carpal tunnel syndrome, hearing loss, and lung disease. These cases are often very complicated and you should have a workers’ compensation attorney to represent you.