Have You Suffered a Workplace Injury in Manhattan?
A workplace injury is one that takes place while you’re doing something as part of your job or on behalf of your employer. A work-related injury usually happens at your workplace or on company-owned property, but it can happen almost anywhere as long you were doing something connected to your job. This could include company parties and other social events sponsored by an employer, or in a company-owned vehicle. If an injury happens during your lunch break it may still be considered work-related if it happens on employer-owned grounds, or if it happens in the course of employment (such as meeting with a client for lunch).
An injury can develop suddenly, like falling off a ladder or having a heavy object fall on you. But sometimes the injury takes place over a long period of time, like a repetitive motion trauma. Carpal tunnel syndrome can develop because of too many consecutive hours at the computer. A heavy equipment operator who works a press hundreds of times a day can sustain elbow injury or shoulder separation. Repeated exposure to toxic substances at the workplace can cause skin, eye and respiratory injuries, or even lung cancer resulting from second-hand smoke at a restaurant that permits smoking.
If you’ve suffered a workplace injury in Manhattan, you’ve probably been told that the only compensation you can receive will come from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Although this is the general rule, there are many situations where you might be able to sue for damages. For example:
- If you were injured because someone at work was recklessly careless, or intentionally tried to hurt you, you might be able to bring a lawsuit against your employer.
- If your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, you might be able to sue your employer in civil court or collect money from a state fund.
- If you were injured by a toxic substance or a defective product, you might be able to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the substance or product.
- If a third party caused your injury, you might be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against that person.
If you have questions about whether you might be entitled to compensation for your workplace injury in Manhattan, contact the law office of attorney Steven I. Fried at (212) 786-5766 for a free evaluation of your case. If we don’t win your case, there are no attorney’s fees!
The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C.
18 East 41st Street, Suite 806
New York, NY 10017