How Long After A Fall at Work Can You Make a Claim?
Falls are among the leading causes of serious injuries and fatalities in workplaces across the country, including New York. Data shows that in 2020, over 800 workers were killed and over 211,000 workers were injured in falls. Falls are particularly common in the construction industry, where workers are often required to work from a ladder or scaffolding.
If you have been injured at work because of a fall, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries. In order to receive all the benefits you are entitled to, you need to file your claim in a timely manner.
What Is the Deadline for Filing a Workplace Fall Injury Claim in New York?
If you have suffered a fall injury at the workplace, you are required to give written notice to your manager, supervisor, or employer within a period of 30 days – starting from the date on which the accident occurred. If you fail to report your injury within the stipulated deadline, you might not be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
It is imperative that you contact an attorney right away as there are deadlines, known as Statutes of Limitation, that must be followed. A slip and fall attorney is in the best position to advise you as to all deadlines.
What Happens If a Third-Party Can Be Held Liable for Your Fall Injury?
In some cases, a third-party’s negligence might have contributed to your workplace accident. For example, if you fell and injured yourself due to a defective ladder
If and when it happens, you might be able to file two different claims – a workers’ compensation claim with your own employer to receive medical benefits and lost wages and a personal injury claim against the at-fault third party to recover compensatory damages.
What Kind of Compensation Can You Recover for a Work-Related Fall Injury?
The workers’ compensation benefits you can receive include:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
The compensatory damages you can recover from the at-fault party include:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of future treatment
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Diminished quality of life
Injured in a Fall Accident? Contact Our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers to Find Out How You Can Maximize Your Damages!
If you have injured in a fall accident at the workplace, get in touch with the experienced workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff today. We can find out whether you are only eligible to receive workers’ comp benefits or if one or more third-parties can be held liable for your injuries.
Our legal team includes award-winning civil litigators and former prosecutors who have more than 100 years of combined legal experience. Over the years, we have recovered settlements and jury awards worth more than 500 million dollars for our clients. We have the legal knowledge, courtroom experience, and resources needed to recover the compensation you are entitled to – no matter how complex your claim might be.
To find out about your legal options, call us today at 212-962-1020 or get in touch with us online and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a seasoned New York workers’ compensation lawyer.