According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 4,585 workers were killed on the job in 2013, which equates on average to 88 fatalities a week or over a dozen worker deaths every day. In most years, this number is even higher. As for nonfatal injuries and illnesses in the workplace, this number exceeds three million. Most accidents are preventable, and many can be attributed to negligence or the failure to provide a safe work environment with adequate training, supervision, and safety gear and equipment. Highland attorney Peter Cordovano helps injured workers throughout the mid-Hudson Valley identify all possible sources of compensation for workplace accidents and injuries and recover the maximum compensation available for medical expenses, lost wages and other legal damages.
The law office of Peter M. Cordovano, P.C. helps injured workers in Orange, Dutchess and Ulster counties in all of the following areas:
Workers’ Compensation – If you were injured on the job, we can help you obtain reimbursement for a portion of your medical expenses and wage replacement while you are disabled from working.
Social Security Disability – If you are permanently disabled from working, we also help you through the challenging process of qualifying for and receiving Social Security Disability benefits.
NYS Retirement Disability – If you are a police officer, fire fighter, or other public employee covered under NYSLRS (Tier 3PFRS or Tier 5 ERS), we can help you obtain Article 14 or Article 15 disability retirement benefits.
Third-Party Liability for Workplace Accidents
Contrary to popular belief, Workers’ Compensation is not necessarily your only recourse when you have been injured on the job. Although you cannot sue your employer, if some other party unrelated to the business is responsible for causing the accident, then you may have a claim against that third party in addition to your Workers’ Compensation claim (subject to offset). Think about the following ways you could be injured on the job:
- You are involved in a car accident while running errands for work or making deliveries
- You are working off-site and are injured because of a dangerous condition on the premises
- You are injured due to the use of a defective piece of equipment or machinery
In all of these situations, you may have a claim of negligence, premises liability or strict products liability against the other driver, property owner or product manufacturer. That party could be liable to you for all of your present and future medical expenses, present and future lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages allowed by law. Damages recoverable in a civil lawsuit can be much higher than you would typically receive from Workers’ Compensation.
Liability for Construction Accidents under New York Labor Law
One in every five worker deaths occurs in the construction injury, in accidents involving ladder falls, scaffold collapses, forklift accidents, crane collapses, trenching and excavation accidents, and other types of construction accidents. New York labor law requires property owners and contractors to provide a safe work environment, and the law holds owners and contractors absolutely liable for injuries that occur in violation of the law. We help constructions workers recover compensation for violations of laws such as New York Labor Law sections 240 (common law negligence), 240(1) (the “scaffold law”) and 241(6) (protections for construction workers).
Comprehensive Representation in New York Workplace Accidents
When you are injured on the job, it can be difficult to know which is the best or most appropriate avenue to pursue your claim for compensation, and choosing the wrong path can result in delays or even spell disaster for your ability to recover. There may even be more than one route toward compensation that should be pursued at the same time. Attorney Peter Cordovano helps injured workers every day. He knows the different roads to compensation and can help you navigate the many different administrative or judicial systems which may apply in your case. If you were injured in a workplace accident in the mid-Hudson Valley region of New York state, call on Peter M. Cordovano, P.C. for advice and representation from a dedicated and experienced workplace accident injury lawyer.