New York Work-Related Injuries Attorneys
If you’ve been injured at your place of work in New York, you are protected by workers’ rights. You may be qualified to receive financial compensation for your treatment, therapy, medical bills, lost wages and other loses. A New York City work injury lawyer at Hach & Rose, LLP will review the details of your case and will help you navigate the legal process. Our goal is to effectively represent you and your claim and we will not collect any attorney’s fees until we deliver.
In the United States, one of the most important legal developments of the past century has been the remarkable expansion of workers’ rights, particularly in relation to workplace safety. Because of the considerable impact that a workplace injury can exert on a worker’s life, most injuries that occur on the job render a worker eligible for financial assistance to help them cope with the consequences.
Since 2002, the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have represented thousands of people in New York City and all over the state of New York. Over the last 15 years, we have garnered a national reputation for excellence and are proud of the $250,000,000 we received in verdicts in settlements. Our attorneys have been rated by Super Lawyers, Michael Rose boasts a 10 point AVVO rating, Gregory Hach is a lifetime member of the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, our attorneys were recognized in 2017 by Best Lawyers, we are members of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, as well as America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigation in 2017 and are lifetime charter members for the Best Attorneys of America.
For more than 15 years, Hach & Rose, LLP has been a fixture in the New York Community. We view the people we represent as more than just clients, we treat them as friends and neighbors. We will work diligently to protect the rights of New York City residents who have suffered a work-related injury. If you or someone you love has been injured in the workplace, contact Hach & Rose, LLP for a consultation as we will not collect any attorney’s fees until we deliver for you. Contact us at (212) 779-0057, fill out our email form to the right of your screen, or click on the grey banner to the left of your screen to chat live with a representative.
Do I need a workers’ compensation lawyer?
After an accident or injury at work, you may be reeling with questions such as how to pay the medical bills and how long you will need to be out of work. One issue you should not have to question is whether you need an attorney to represent you.
As an injured worker, you are protected by workers’ rights. An attorney will be able to receive maximum compensation for your lost income, medical bills, pain, and suffering. We do not advise that people seek to navigate the legal system by themselves as they are significantly less likely to receive the fair and full monetary compensation they deserve.
The process of filing a worker’s compensation claim, making an appeal and venturing through the litigation process is a daunting task. Let experienced attorneys fill out paperwork, facilitate phone calls with insurance companies and handle negotiations. We guarantee we will handle your claim timely and effectively and we will not collect any attorney’s fees until we deliver for you.
Why choose Hach & Rose, LLP to handle my case?
If you need a lawyer in New York City you have countless firms to choose from. The fact is that not all attorneys deliver the same exceptional results time after time. Choosing the right lawyer will determine the outcome of your case. These are some of the factors that set Hach & Rose, LLP apart from the rest:
- Experience – Hach & Rose, LLP was founded in New York City in 2002. Collectively, our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience. Each of our partners and associates has years of experience in several different practice areas of the law and are prepared to put forth their unmatched efforts in achieving a favorable verdict for your case.
- Track record – The lawyers at our firm have an excellent track record for handling complex cases. We have successfully obtained substantial compensation for our past clients and are prepared to do the same for you.
- Client Satisfaction – Our mission is not only to provide quality legal representation but to exceed the standard by treating our clients with sympathy and compassion. Our entire staff works to embody these principles at every step of the way. Read what our past clients had to say about our firm in their testimonials.
- Our award-winning team – The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have earned a national reputation for their work on behalf of those who have suffered injuries and illnesses. Our attorneys have been rated by Super Lawyers, Michael Rose boasts a 10 point AVVO rating, Gregory Hach is a lifetime member of the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, were recognized in 2019 by Best Lawyers, are members of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigation in 2019 and are lifetime charter members for the Best Attorneys of America.
Our attorneys have achieved favorable outcomes for numerous clients in a wide variety of cases.
Types of Cases We Handle
The personal injury lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP handle a variety of workers’ compensation claims. Below are some of the work-related injury case types we routinely handle at our firm:
Slip and fall accidents can occur in the workplace when safety protocols are not properly implemented by employers. Failing to keep workspaces clean and clear of spills or slippery substances can create a hazardous work environment. Slip and fall accidents commonly occur because of oversight in cleaning or clearing off walkways. The following errors in this process may leave an employee with severe injuries from an accident:
- Failing to clear off ice or rain
- Failing to clean up chemical spills
- Failing to keep items cleared off of walkways
- Failing to clean up any leaks that could make walkways slick
These mistakes can easily lead to a slip and fall accident, as slick areas and items left on the ground can cause anyone to lose their footing. Considering how serious slip and fall accidents can prove in some instances, it’s particularly important for an injured worker to realize their options after an accident.
Though workers in extremely physical jobs are more vulnerable to injury, there are a number of activities that can increase the risk of neck and shoulder injuries. Serving food, stocking shelves, using large drilling equipment, reaching up to grab office supplies, shoveling, painting, and lifting are just a few activities that put workers at a greater risk of sustaining neck and shoulder injuries. Simply walking in an office can be dangerous when basic safety precautions are neglected. The following are common workplace neck and shoulder injuries:
- Fractures – Upper arm and collarbone fractures are painful and take a while to fully heal. Complex shoulder fractures can even require surgery. Neck fractures can cause permanent or partial paralysis and even be fatal.
- Shoulder Dislocation – This is a painful condition that occurs when the shoulder is dislocated from its socket, leaving workers with impaired mobility and a number of possible symptoms like nerve damage, muscle tears, and broken blood vessels.
- Whiplash – Especially in the commercial trucking industry, whiplash is a commonly reported injury. Whiplash is a neck injury that can cause persistent head and jaw pain and cause severe migraine headaches.
- Bursitis – Bursitis describes the painful condition of the swelling of sacs in the shoulder, which causes inflammation and loss of mobility among other symptoms.
- Pinched nerves – Overuse or repetitive motion can cause pinched nerves in the neck, which can lead to a loss of mobility. Fortunately, pain associated with pinched nerves can often be cured by physical therapy and rest. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve the distressed nerve.
- Soft tissue injuries – Rotator cuffs are muscles in the shoulder that can tear with overuse. This can be a painful injury that limits the range of the arm and makes other activities, such as sleeping or eating, uncomfortable.
- Spinal cord injuries – Spinal cord injuries can leave victims partially or completely paralyzed. In the most serious cases, spinal cord trauma can be fatal.
If you have a neck or shoulder injury because of your employer’s negligence, it is important that you document the issue as soon as possible.
Back injuries occur when managers ask their staff to lift objects that are too heavy, do not adequately inform employees of proper technique or fail to provide safety advice when informing their staff on how to best implement their job duties. Back injuries are serious and can cause secondary injuries to arise. It is best to closely monitor back pain, even if you feel the pain is minor. An employee has the right to work in a relatively safe environment where their employer has taken all necessary steps to improve overall worker safety. If an employer fails to take these precautions, they may be held responsible for the injuries, including back injuries, which workers sustain as a result. The safety mistakes responsible for these injuries may include the following:
- Overworking employees responsible for heavy lifting duties
- Requiring employees to complete heavy lifting tasks at significant heights without assistance
- Failing to provide safety devices for employees who may sustain back trauma at work
- Failing to inspect or maintain work devices that may lead to back trauma if they malfunction
These injuries can include serious health problems, such as damaged muscles, slipped disks, or even nerve problems associated with spinal damage.
Leg and knee injuries can develop over time through the stress of repetitive motions, such as frequently lifting heavy objects, or in sudden, unexpected accidents that cause immediate damage to legs or knees. Depending on your work environment, there may be a number of hazards that can contribute to knee or leg injuries, including:
- Trip hazards
- Uneven ground
- Falling debris
- Repetitive lifting or squatting
Safety failures should be addressed by managers or employers as soon as they are noted, or they should at least be clearly marked for workers to avoid. Failure to do so can put workers’ health at risk, leaving them in need of emergency medical care for leg and knee damages.
Head injuries can occur when regulations for safety are not strictly followed or when safety information or gear is not adequately provided to employees. If you have suffered a head injury on the job your employer should recommend immediate medical treatment as your condition may worsen with time if left untreated. When a person sustains a head injury, they may require substantial medical care. Depending on the extent of the injury and where it occurs, a person may lose mobility, develop severe pain, and even lose cognitive abilities. An employer may be held responsible for these injuries in the following instances:
- If construction safety standards for objects at a certain height or loose objects aren’t observed
- If building and ceiling fixture safety regulations aren’t followed
- If heavy objects are stored too high for employees to safely
- If sufficient safety head gear isn’t provided when needed
Among other problems, these instances of failing to take action to help employees stay safe may be grounds for legal action against that employer.
Occupational illness can come in many forms. Exposure to known irritants, gas or chemicals can seriously impair employees and create long-term health issues. These illnesses may not show symptoms immediately but can develop over time. It’s important to monitor your condition and seek medical advice for an occupational illness. For many workers, their jobs put them dangerously close to potentially hazardous or unsanitary materials. If their employers fail to take the proper steps to prevent disease, these employees may suffer devastating health consequences. The following types of employer negligence have been linked with wide-ranging occupational illnesses:
- Failure to protect employees from excessive smoke or chemical gas inhalation
- Failing to provide meat packers with safety gear
- Not providing equipment to prevent dust inhalation in industries such as construction
- Failing to provide safety gear to miners to protect them from coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP), or black lung
- Not offering safety equipment to workers who handle common dermal irritants
An employer’s or manager’s lack of action or improper safety protocol may cost an employee his or her good health and ability to stay at work.
Stairwells can be a hazardous place for workers who clean and maintain staircases, as well as workers who utilize the stairwells during the course of their workday. Workers can fall up to 12 feet down a staircase, causing multiple points of impact, and many injuries, on the way from one staircase landing to another. It is the responsibility of the building owner or property manager to maintain safe walking conditions for all stairways. Some common stairwell fall accidents are due to:
- Worn or slippery surfaces, including carpeting and hardwood
- Outdoor stairs that are icy or wet
- Damaged or broken steps
- Lack of proper illumination
- Broken or damaged railings or handrails
- Dangerous, unstable or broken risers
- Trips over items such as debris or tools
If you suffered injuries due to a stairwell fall accident at work, the building owner or another negligent responsible party may be liable for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages, among other expenses that may have been incurred after your injury.
Workers who service, clean or repair elevators face potential injuries or death. Even in new building construction, construction workers who work near elevator shafts prior to installation, or those workers who are helping to install a new elevator are also at risk of catastrophic falls.
Even a seemingly minor accident may cause more serious complications months or years down the road, so it is essential to seek medical care following the incident to ensure that you do not have more severe unknown injuries or internal bleeding that are not visible. These medical records are also important to obtain when pursuing a legal case against the construction company in the future.
Window washers have inherently dangerous jobs, as they scale the side of buildings often at high heights to perform regular maintenance on buildings. Window washers face dangerous heights and winds each day on the job as they scale tall buildings, skyscrapers, and high-rises throughout New York City, often suspended above the ground below attached to scaffolds on ropes or by rigging on the rooftop. Some common window washer accidents are due to:
- Falls due to unguarded floor openings
- Static line failure
- Malfunctioning personnel lift
- Unsecured line
- Tools and items that fall to pedestrian below
If you were the victim of an accident while washing windows due to a building owner, manager, or other negligent party’s negligence, you may be able to file a claim against the negligent party.
No matter if painting a new building after it’s been constructed or a room in an apartment, retail store, or commercial construction site, painters face hazards that can lead to injuries every day due to falls, exposure to chemicals, or physical strains among many other common injuries related to painting work. Painters commonly work at elevated surfaces, on ladders, or scaffolding to perform their work duties.
New York has unique labor laws that protect workers. One of these laws requires building owners or contractors on job sites to provide painters and other similar workers with scaffolding and safety gear and rigging to perform their jobs.
Some common painter accidents are due to:
- Slips, falls, and trips on uneven ground or over debris
- Falls from ladders or scaffolding
- Exposure to chemicals
You are entitled to a safe place to work, and if you are not provided one, any injuries that you may sustain are not your fault.
Contact a New York personal injury lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today if you have any questions or need legal advice. Even if your work-related injury is not listed here, it doesn’t hurt to set up a free consultation with Hach & Rose, LLP.
Workplace Injury Statistics
According to the New York State Department of Labor, there was a total of 209,000 cases of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2016. Of that number, the most prevalent industries where injuries occurred were service- providing such as transportation and warehousing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 236 cases of fatal occupational injuries which occurred primarily in private industries such as construction, agriculture, and forestry. In New York City, 32% of fatal work-related injuries were the result of slip-and-fall accidents while 14% were attributed to contact with objects and equipment.
In 2017, there were 87 fatal work injuries in New York City. This falls between the high of 191 in 1993 and a low of 56 in 2013 and 2016. In 2017, 5,147 people were killed in workplace accidents nationwide.
These statistics reveal just how common work-related injuries are for those working in New York. That’s why it’s important that New York City area residents have a reputable law firm who will stand up to insurance companies to negotiate a fair monetary compensation for your claim.
Example Workplace Injury Results
- $13,000,000 jury verdict for operating engineer who fell from a ladder while painting
- $3,475,000 settlement for carpenter injured by fall from temporary roof
- $2,100,000 settlement for laborer struck by a Bobcat on a construction site
- $3,525,000 settlement for construction supervisor who fell from a makeshift ladder
- $6,000,000 jury verdict for woman injured while working in care facility
- $2,500,000 settlement for sheet metal worker injured when he slipped on unsecured board on construction site
- $3,200,000 for carpenter injured by fall from ladder
- $2,100,000 for operating engineer/school fireman when he fell from a poorly constructed permanent ladder
- $2,500,000 for laborer struck by a piece of falling construction debris
- $3,500,000 for stonemason who was struck by sheetrock thrown from building because there was no garbage chute present
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The personal injury lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP are familiar with the laws and regulations governing workers’ compensation claims in New York City. We are experienced in recovering significant verdicts and settlements for our clients and are prepared to do the same for you. Our staff knows first-hand how difficult and taxing it can be for those affected by a workplace injury to go through the legal process. We are prepared to provide you with high-quality legal representation and minimize your stress during this trying time. Contact us at (212) 779-0057, or chat live with us on our website today.