Highland, NY Lawyer Maximizes Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Professional representation for claims appeals and disability settlements
Employees harmed by work-related accidents or illnesses are entitled to a range of workers’ compensation benefits. But those benefits are not always easy to obtain. Claim denials, treatment denials, premature clearance to return to work, low disability ratings, and lowball disability settlement offers are some of the obstacles workers face as they try to access benefits. If you’re having trouble getting the medical coverage or monetary relief you deserve, Peter M. Cordovano, P.C. can help. I have fought for injured clients in the Hudson Valley for more than 30 years. I am determined to obtain the maximum possible workers’ comp benefits for you.
Your benefits under New York workers’ compensation law
Workers’ compensation benefits in New York fall into these main categories:
- Medical benefits — Workers are entitled to all reasonable and necessary treatment related to a qualifying injury or illness. In an emergency, the worker may receive treatment from any appropriate healthcare provider. Nonemergency care must come from a provider authorized by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. Treatment includes diagnostic testing, office visits, prescription drugs, surgery, and rehabilitation services.
- Cash benefits — Workers whose injuries or illnesses prevent them from working for more than seven days are entitled to partial wage replacement at two-thirds of their average weekly wage times the percentage of their disability. These weekly benefits are subject to maximum levels set by law. Cash benefits are paid as:
- Temporary total disability — When a worker is completely unable to work for a limited time
- Temporary partial disability — When a worker loses some wage-earning capacity for a limited time
- Permanent total disability — When a worker is no longer able to work at all
- Permanent partial disability — When a worker loses some wage-earning capacity permanently
- Supplemental benefits — Amounts available to older claimants whose benefits have lost value since first awarded prior to 1979
- Social Security disability — Insurance benefits available to certain workers through the Social Security Administration
- Death benefits — Dependents of workers who die from compensable injuries or illnesses are entitled to weekly cash benefits equal to two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wages for the previous year. The estate of a deceased worker who has no close relatives may receive a benefit of $50,000. Funeral expenses up to $12,500 are also available.
Notably absent from the benefits is any compensation for your pain and suffering, which you could recover in a personal injury lawsuit arising from an auto accident, slip and fall, or medical malpractice. The limits on what you can recover through workers’ comp make getting your full benefits even more important. If you need legal assistance, make sure the lawyer you choose has a track record of success with workers’ comp cases, especially with the most common workplace injuries and benefit disputes. I have ample experience in this area of the law and am determined to uphold your right to full coverage.
Contact a determined attorney in Highland to access your workers’ comp benefits
If you have been denied any of your workers’ comp benefits, you should immediately contact a knowledgeable attorney. For reliable assistance in Ulster, Dutchess and Orange counties, call Peter M. Cordovano, P.C. at 845-834-8234 or contact my Highland office online to schedule a free consultation.