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Injured on the job? Be careful what you post on social media.

After a serious injury on the job, many workers feel bored and isolated. Social media can be a gateway to the outside world. Social media has become so pervasive that we often post without a second thought. When you're involved in a legal case, however, that can be dangerous.

Your employer should help you get back to work after an injury

Getting hurt at work can mean a sudden stop to your standard daily routine. You may have been used to taking care of yourself and working full time every day. After your injury, you may not be able to return to work. Spinal injuries, broken bones, head injuries and even soft tissue injuries could keep you from safely completing the tasks involved with your job. In some cases, you may require help with daily self care as well.

Will workers' compensation cover accessible housing?

Workers in industries such as construction and engineering have a high risk of becoming severely injured while at work in the state of New York. While there are laws in place to protect workers who become permanently disabled, unfortunately, many workers do not realize the extent of the benefits to which they are entitled when their injury occurred in the workplace.

Who isn't covered by workers' compensation in New York?

If you're a full-time worker in the state of New York, chances are that you benefit from workers' compensation coverage. As such, if you suffer a job-related injury, you can receive money to pay for your medical care, wage-replacement benefits, job training, temporary and permanent disability benefits and more depending on the details and extent of your work-related injuries.

Workers' comp does not justify employer retaliation

Employers enjoy a significant amount of protection from workers' compensation insurance, in addition to the protections that it offers to employees. In most cases, employees receive benefits from their workers' compensation claim, but they may not pursue another lawsuit against the employer, shielding the employer from a much larger potential loss.

WORKERS' COMPENSATION WIDOW'S BENEFITS IN A HIGHLY UNUSUAL CASE

In 1999 I won lifetime benefits for a dye and ink mixer named Jimmy Blackwell (not his real name) who had hurt his back in 1993. In 2017, Jimmy's wife visited me to report that he had died of pulmonary fibrosis. Jimmy hadn't worked in many decades, so I advised his wife that it would be a long-shot, at best, to relate his pulmonary fibrosis to his occupational exposure as an ink mixer decades earlier for the purpose of winning benefits for her. Nevertheless, I took on the case, warning Mrs. Blackwell that it would take years for a decision.

ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR UNION LABORER

Three years ago, Tom Dooley (not his real name) had his life turned upside-down when he fell from a ladder, suffering multiple painful and debilitating injuries.

Can I still get workers' compensation if I am not a citizen?

New York is rich in its history of attracting immigrants from all over the world seeking better lives in America. Many multi-cultural families have flourished with the job opportunities that didn't exist for them back home. Among these people are non-citizen workers performing dangerous jobs in the construction industry.

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