New York Attorneys
for Workers’ Compensation and Work-Related Fatalities
Work-related fatalities can happen at any time, and they are devastating. People often take for granted that their loved ones will return home safely after work and workplace fatalities are the furthest thing from their minds. Even many employers assume that workers are safe from harm and the day will be uneventful. New York is a bustling place with hazards lurking around every corner. One does not have to be a police officer or a construction worker to be the victim of a workplace fatality. Many different jobs are hazardous, but they still must be done. Unfortunately, construction accidents and other dangerous jobs in New York lead to work-related fatalities on a daily basis. This type of tragedy devastates a family. It is emotionally, mentally, and financially draining. As you begin to pick up the pieces, you need an experienced attorney looking out for your best interest.
Many times your family may be due workers’ compensation benefits or you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. No amount of money can lessen the pain you may be suffering, but it can help ease the financial burden. The skilled attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, have decades of experience dealing with this type of tragedy, and they will fight aggressively for your rights.
What circumstances can lead to a work-related fatality in New York?
Unfortunately, there are any number of circumstances that may lead to a work-related fatality. Workplace fatalities are becoming more common in specific types of industries. Construction work has always been hazardous, but in a place like New York, it is even more so. Many contractors must work from great heights as buildings are built which creates additional danger. Police work, utility work, and even transportation work now comes with precarious uncertainty. New York workers are often subject to falls, explosions, heavy equipment malfunctions and much more on a daily basis.
Am I eligible for workers’ compensation benefits?
You may be. If you have lost a loved one in a work-related fatality or a fatal workplace accident, then the chances are that you can probably collect workers’ compensation benefits. Many people do not know this. It seems to be common knowledge that workers’ compensation benefits can be collected after sustaining a workplace injury, but many people simply do not know that a work-related fatality qualifies, too.
Who is eligible for workers’ compensation death benefits?
Workers’ compensation death benefits are available for surviving spouses, children, siblings, and parents of the victim. However, they must be claimed, and it can be a difficult process. A family that is already grieving should not try to navigate the system alone. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, understand what a delicate and confusing time this can be, and they will walk you through the process every step of the way.
What are workers’ compensation death benefits?
Workers’ compensation death benefits are provided to surviving family members to help ease the financial burden after the loss of a loved one in a workplace fatality. The paperwork must be filed correctly and in a timely fashion in order to receive benefits. Workers’ compensation death benefits include $5,000-$6,000 in funeral costs and weekly benefits. The weekly benefits are paid to the surviving spouse until they remarry or to children until they turn eighteen years old. If the child is a full-time student, then benefits may continue through age twenty-three.
Why do I need an attorney to help me file a workers’ compensation claim?
It is not required, but it is highly recommended. Workers’ compensation is insurance, and they have adjusters just like other insurance companies. These ‘adjusters’ are there to minimize your claim and protect the insurance company. Many times, they will offer a seemingly large settlement in the beginning in exchange for you signing away your rights to further compensation. This is never a good idea, and nobody is immune. Even grieving spouses and mothers have been approached. A New York workers’ compensation attorney with extensive experience in workplace fatality claims can help preserve your rights and maximize your claim.
Is additional compensation available?
It depends. If you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, then New York law prohibits you from pursuing your loved one’s employer in a lawsuit. However, if someone else was responsible for the injuries that ultimately lead to your loved one’s fatality, then you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against them. There are multiple people involved with different types of work who are responsible for the safety of employees. If someone was negligent, and a work-related injury leads to the death of a loved one, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Do you handle wrongful death claims, too?
Absolutely we do. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, have extensive knowledge of the workers’ compensation system as well as the laws pertaining to wrongful death claims in New York. If you are not sure what your rights are, the best thing to do is come in for a consultation. Our attorneys are always happy to sit down, listen to you, and present you with all of your options.
Call a skilled attorney about your work-related fatality today
If you have endured the tragic and unexpected loss of a loved one in a fatal work-related accident, call The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, today. Our attorneys are dedicated to seeking justice for victims and maximizing your claim. We will listen intently, investigate thoroughly, and help you pursue justice through necessary and appropriate means. A work-related fatality can turn your whole world upside down, and we are here to help you start to put the pieces back together. You can call the toll free number at (877) 675-4529 to set up your initial consultation, or you can fill out our consultation request form and we will speak with you shortly. You do have rights and The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, will be with you every step of the way.