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New York Workers Comp Lawyers & Social Security Disability Attorneys

Let a former insurance insider guide you.

Experience

Our legal team has a detailed knowledge of New York workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law, including a unique perspective gained from our founder’s past experience serving as defense counsel for dozens of workers’ compensation insurance firms. You can rest easy knowing that we have the skills necessary to handle your claim.

Reputation

Our firm’s reputation is unparalleled throughout the Big Apple. When you choose to work with us, you’re getting the benefit of respected representation from one of the leading workers’ compensation and Social Security disability firms in the state.

Commitment

At O’Connor Law, we understand how vital our work is to your future. We’re committed to fighting for your right to benefits while providing you with the support you need to navigate this difficult time in your life. You will always feel like you are our top priority.

Results

We’re compassionate and empathetic, but far from being a pushover. We’re an iron fist in a velvet glove and will aggressively advocate for your interests—even if that means litigation is necessary to protect your right to benefits.

Protecting New Yorkers is what we do.

Types of Injuries

Our Process

Discuss your case (for free)

  • Meet briefly to learn more
  • Discuss your injuries or disability
  • Determine if we can help

We file your claim

  • Pay nothing upfront
  • No fee until you win
  • Feel confident with a legal team in your corner

We deal with the insurance company

  • We respond to requests and negotiate on your behalf
  • If they don’t play ball, we fight it out in court

You get the outcome you deserve

  • Get the compensation you’re entitled to
  • Ditch the stress
  • Get back to normal and living your life

Meet Your Legal Team

Cases we handle

Workers Compensation

Social Security Disability

We Handle All New York Workers’ Compensation & Disability Law Claims

At O’Connor Law, we understand the pain and frustration that can accompany a life-changing injury or illness. Whether you’re seeking New York workers’ compensation benefits or need to apply for Social Security disability, we’ll fight for your rights so you can focus on what matters most: taking care of your health and the ones you love.

When You Can’t Work, Our New York Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability Attorneys Are Here to Help

When an injury or illness has left you unable to work, you’re facing an uncertain future. How will you access the medical care you need? How will you pay your rent and continue to put food on the table? What happens if you’re faced with unexpected expenses?

At O’Connor Law, we know that workers compensation and Social Security disability benefits play a vital role in providing a sense of financial stability when disaster strikes. Let us alleviate some of your fear and anxiety by helping you to access the benefits you need for yourself and your family in New York.

We’ll Take Care of You After a
Workplace Accident

You’ve worked hard your whole life, and we believe you deserve to be taken care of in your time of need. If you’ve been hurt in a work-related accident or are struggling with the effects of a repetitive stress injury related to your employment, the New York workers compensation system provides vital medical care and wage replacement benefits.

Although some workers comp claims are settled quickly, cases involving serious injuries or substantial time missed from work can be quite complex. If your employer is contesting the seriousness of your injuries, we can document your condition and appeal your denial with the Workers Compensation Board.

When You Need Disability Benefits,
We Can Help

Social Security disability benefits provide monthly cash payments to individuals who suffer from serious medical conditions limiting their ability to work full-time. The program is funded by the Social Security taxes paid by all part-time and full-time workers.

If your condition has left you unable to work, we can assist you in preparing your initial application for benefits or navigating the appeals process. Don’t let small mistakes or simple omissions jeopardize your eligibility for the benefits you’ve been counting on.

Planning for a Brighter Future

At O’Connor Law, we take pride in our empathic and holistic approach to helping clients navigate one of the most challenging times in their lives. We’ll clearly explain your options and provide regular status updates on your case so you can make informed decisions about what happens next.

To get started, call our New York voffice today at (914) 595-4502 or take a moment to complete our online contact form. A member of our team will be in touch shortly to answer your questions and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

frequently asked questions

A work injury or disability can be difficult. We’re sure you have questions. Don’t worry — we have answers.

Workers Compensation

What are the most common type of injuries Construction Workers Report?

Falling from high places is the number one most common construction accident, causing almost 35% of construction injuries. Falling Debris. Tools, building materials, pieces of scaffolding, or other supplies can do serious damage if they fall from significant heights and land on a worker.

Are Construction Workers' covered under workers' comp?

All construction employees should be covered by an employer's workers' compensation insurance. Even if an employer fails to secure insurance the state has a safety net program called the uninsured employer fund that will pay the injured worker.

Are there any differences between Workers' Compensation Claims and Personal Injury Claims?

New York workers' compensation is a no-fault insurance system that provides medical treatment and weekly indemnity payments to employees who were hurt during the course or scope of their employment. If your injuries weren't caused by your employer or a coworker but, rather, by someone from another company who was simply working alongside you, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person in question. You can file both from the same injury there is a 3rd party responsible for your workplace injury.

If I get injured while I am traveling for work, can I file for workers' comp?

Yes, if you are injured on a business trip, you can likely receive workers' compensation. Generally, traveling on a business trip is a part of the duties of work and therefore covered by workers' comp.

I am suffering from PTSD because of my job. Can I receive workers' comp?

Under New York law, psychological injuries only qualify for workers' compensation benefits if they were caused by an above-average amount of stress. In other words, employees must show that they faced a greater level of stress than other employees typically face

When will my injury be considered permanent and a SLU or Loss of wage-earning capacity be found?

A case is ready for permanency when a doctor finds that you have reached maximum medical improvement. This is usually when no further treatment will make the condition better.

How long do I have to be employed in order to be covered by workers' compensation?

There is no time requirement for the length of employment to be covered by workers' compensation; it is only necessary that you be an employee. Some employees have filed a claim after decades of service, while some have been injured within minutes of starting a position and have received compensation benefits.

How does the compensation board calculate my weekly payment?

Payments to an injured worker are based upon the injured worker's average weekly wage and degree of disability.

What is the difference between New York state disability benefits and workers' compensation?

Disability benefits are for injured men and women who suffer a nonwork-related injury. Workers' compensation benefits are for work-related injuries.

The insurance company wants to send a nurse case manager to visit with me and to attend my doctor appointments. Is this a good idea?

No. Unless there is a particular reason to do so, we recommend that the injured worker not accept a carrier nurse case manager's involvement. Doing so rarely results in any benefits to the claimant and usually results in benefits to the carrier.

Do I need to look for work if I am receiving workers' compensation benefits?

Under the New York workers' compensation requirements, recipients of workers' comp benefits that are not receiving total disability are required to demonstrate they are looking for work within their restrictions. This requirement seems unfair to many injured New York workers, especially those who have suffered serious, debilitating injuries, but it is absolutely essential to comply with this requirement so as to not lose out on your benefits.

How long do I have to be employed in order to be covered by workers' compensation?

There is no time requirement for being covered by workers' compensation, it is only necessary that you be an employee. Some employees have filed a claim after decades of service, while some have been injured within minutes of being hired and have received compensation benefits.

Social Security Disability

How do I apply for Social Security Disability benefits?

You can opty online gratis seo.com or you can You can apply online at www.ssa.com or you can have an attorney apply on your behalf.

What is the Social Security Administration's Definition of Disabled?

A person must have one or more medically determinable impairments that are expected to last 12 months or result in death, and will prevent the person from working. The persons age, education, and work experience will be taken into account. A person must prove that they can't return to work they have done in the past, and that they cannot perform any other work on a full time basis. That means a person must show they cannot do a simple unskilled job in which you can sit throughout the day.

How much can I receive social security disability benefits?

The amount of your monthly disability benefit is based on your lifetime average earnings covered by Social Security. You can turn to the Social Security Administration Website (www.SSA.gov) to get your Social Security statement online.

If I receive benefits, can my family also receive benefit?

Your children, including any children that you may have previously adopted, may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if you are disabled and if the child is under 18 years of age and unmarried. Your child can qualify if he or she is under the age of 19 and unmarried and attend high school on a full-time basis. If your child is 18 years of age or older and unmarried, and became disabled before they were 22 years old, they may be eligible for disability benefits.

How are my wages figured out in workers compensation?

It is calculated by taking your total earnings for the 52 weeks prior to your injury and dividing that by the number of days worked, giving you the average daily wage. The average daily wage is then subjected to a multiplier depending on the number of days worked, as provided for by Section 14 of the New York Workers' Compensation Law.

Do I have to receive a check for my workers compensation benefits?

No, as of July 1, 2021 the Workers Compensation insurance companies must offer direct deposit for Worker's Compensation benefits.

Do I have to pay taxes on my Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments?

SSDI isn't a needs-based program, which means you may have to pay taxes on a portion of your benefit payments if your income exceeds a certain amount. Though most SSDI recipients don't end up paying taxes on these payments because they don't make enough outside income to exceed this threshold, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA), roughly one-third of beneficiaries do pay some taxes—often due to other household income or a spouse's income.

Can I apply for Social Security Disability Insurance while I'm receiving New York workers' compensation benefits?

Yes. If you're receiving workers' compensation benefits for a workplace injury or occupational illness, you may also be entitled to collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits if you qualify for the program.

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