Workers' Compensation Insurance provides weekly cash payments and the cost of full medical treatment, including rehabilitation, for employees who become disabled as a result of a disease or injury connected with their employment. It also provides payments for qualified dependents (family members) of a worker who dies from a compensable injury or illness.
The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board administers and processes claims for benefits, reports of injuries, and medical reports from health care providers. The Workers’ Compensation Board administers various laws which protect the rights of injured workers. In addition to the Workers’ Compensation Law, it administers the New York State Disability Benefits Law, the Volunteer Firefighters Benefit Law, and the Volunteer Ambulance Workers Benefit Law. The Workers’ Compensation Board decides all the issues in a case and gives awards which ensure that injured workers receive the benefits and medical treatment they are entitled to. Hearings are held before Administrative Law Judges and appeals are decided by Commissioners.
The Workers’ Compensation Law takes away an employee’s ability to directly sue an employer, but gives the employee the right to medical care and payment for lost wages. Workers’ Compensation claims include not only accidental injuries, but also exposure to toxins and hazardous agents which cause occupational diseases.
Our mission at Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC is to ensure that each injured worker is treated fairly and reasonably by the compensation insurance carrier under the Workers' Compensation Law. Many compensation carriers choose to ignore the Workers' Compensation Law or "bend" the law to suit their needs and convenience. At Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC, we only represent the interests of the injured worker, never the compensation insurance carrier. Contact us.