When a worker becomes injured in the workplace, there is the hope that he or she will make a full recovery and return to work. However, there are some workplace injuries that are so severe that they prevent the worker from returning to his or her job for a lengthy period of time. When a worker suffers a catastrophic injury, he or she suffers a lifelong disability, which prevents them from returning to work or even earning a livelihood. Workers compensation benefits alone cannot help the injured worker or his or her family. In such a situation, an experienced New York personal injury lawyer will be of invaluable assistance and help advise workers about all the options that are available to them for compensation.
Once a work-related injury is determined to be catastrophic an injured worker could be entitled to lifetime income benefits. Examples of catastrophic injuries in the workplace include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, second- or third-degree burns, quadriplegia or paraplegia, amputations and blindness. Any severe injury that would prevent an individual from being able to perform his or her prior job or another job for an employer is defined as a catastrophic injury.
Workers who are injured on the job are entitled to New York workers compensation benefits available through their employer. However, these benefits do have an expiration date and may not last forever. In a catastrophic injury accident, workers compensation benefits are often insufficient to help pay for all medical expenses and rehabilitation costs.
In such cases, an experienced New York catastrophic injury lawyer will look into whether any third party compensation is available for the victim. Third party claims are usually filed against parties other than an employer. Examples of third parties include a property owner, a general or subcontractor, an equipment maintenance firm or a manufacturer of a faulty product. In other words, if the work-related accident was caused by an entity other than the employer, there is a potential third-party claim.
The knowledgeable New York personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Kenneth A.Wilhelm have successfully represented injured workers and their families. We will analyze all aspects of your case and work diligently to obtain fair compensation for all your damages and losses. Call us at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496) to schedule your no-cost consultation.
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