New York Workers' Compensation Lawyers: Representing the Injured NYC Worker
Most injured workers surprisingly do not know, nor would their employers voluntarily
divulge the information, that the Workers' Compensation Board is not the only place
an injured worker can turn for compensation after a debilitating injury. In fact the little-known secret in our business is that the multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts you see on subway ads and on TV are not from worker's comp claims, they are from the lawsuits we bring directly against other entities which played some part in creating, or causing, your injury.
Compensation prevents a worker from bringing a claim only against his
own employer, but that does not mean that the worker cannot put in a multi-million dollar claim against these other entities for such on-the-job injury.
Workers' Compensation does not block you from starting a lawsuit against any other company.
For example, if you work on the subway tracks in NYC and a subway train cuts off your leg, you cannot sue MTA (your employer), but you can sue, for instance, the brake manufacturer, or the subcontractor that is responsible for making sure the color of the light (red, no; green, go) was proper. Obviously, the conductor may have seen a green light while you were on the tunnel's subway tracks that should have been red. Without any payment up front by you, our construction accident and subway accident New York City lawyers will investigate whether any negligence was caused by a third party (not the worker's employer) such as: the general contractor, the other subcontractors, the building owner, the crane lift company, the scaffold manufacturer-- anybody else who helped cause the injury. Determining whether your injury was
caused by a third party can be tricky because there are complicated New York rules
of what is defined as 'employment'. Feel free to contact The Diefenbach Firm
and work with an attorney to determine if your Workers' Compensation claim is your
only source of compensation. It can mean a difference for you and your family's future, a big difference.