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A sharp pain flitters across your left knee. This pain wasn’t there the day before. As you hobble into the subway, fortunately, you find somewhere to sit. While rubbing your knee, you feel a noticeable soreness.

It could have been all those boxes you lifted at the warehouse over the weekend. You took on some overtime for the past month to pay for your daughter’s quinceanera, so you know you have been overworking it a bit. But, can you even get compensation for it? After all, you offered to work overtime.

You need a New York knee injury lawyer if you hurt your knee so that they can ensure you receive fair compensation from the insurance provider for your medical expenses and lost income.

Knee injuries, including meniscus tears, are widespread at work. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, knee injuries account for almost 9% of all workers’ compensation claims nationwide, ranking third among all workplace injuries (BLS).

Who Is Prone to Knee Injuries In New York?

The following sectors have the most significant risk of knee injury at work because of their connection to overuse and overexertion:

  • Construction workers
  • Factory workers
  • Doctors and nurses
  • Warehouse workers

Potential Injuries To The Knee

Don’t brush off knee pain as something everyone gets, given how vital the knee joint is to overall productivity and enjoyment of life. This is particularly true if you have aching knees and are elderly. Being nonchalant will cost you even more in the long run. Working on an injured knee will only exacerbate the issue.

A knee injury can show up in several ways. In our experience, you may experience injuries like the following when the incidence damages your knee:

  • An injured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Damage to the cartilage or tendon
  • A Fracture
  • Knee strain\s
  • Contusions
  • Meniscal tear
  • A displaced kneecap

A person’s job may present an “added risk” of damage if they must climb stairs do excessive standing. Your injuries are compensable and protected by the New York Workers’ Compensation Law, whether caused by an apparent accident or just a slip-up.

The Statistics on Knee Injuries

According to data from the National Safety Council, the average cost of a workplace knee injury worker’s compensation claim is $32,622 (in medical expenses and lost income) (NSC).

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration show that over the past 20 years, workplace injuries have generally reduced and have been down year over year for the last six years. This could be due to the reluctance to bring claims. Do not lose an opportunity to claim compensation. Contact our labor law firm to know your rights.

Do This After Injuring Your Knee At Work

Inform your employer about your injury

You must take this action within 30 days of the injury. An official report includes a detailed list of information, including the location, date, time, and details on what led to the injury. If you don’t do this within 30 days of your accident, you can lose your right to compensation.

Seek proper medical care

This will help you get the emergency medical attention you require while determining your injury’s seriousness. It will also start to compile information on your injuries and the required care. Keep track of all bills, receipts, and other paperwork associated with your medical treatment.

Schedule a free consultation with O’Connor Law.

Acquiring benefits under the workers’ compensation system can be challenging. To qualify for compensation, you must adhere to some rigorous deadlines. A claim may also be rejected due to lack of paperwork, disregard for medical advice, and comments from the company and the employee that are in disagreement are a few examples.

Benefits Under New York Workers Compensation Law

When an injury prevents you from returning to work, the workers’ compensation system is set up to cover your medical expenses and partially make up for lost income. The state of New York’s system offers the following after seven days off work:

  • A maximum of two-thirds of your weekly salary, with a cap on the maximum amount that fluctuates according to the date of your accident or your date of the disability. The weekly benefits are lowered if you can do some work, which applies to both total disability (unable to work any job) and maximum partial disability.
  • Reimbursement for ongoing care and medical care specifically related to the illness or injury sustained at work. You must submit a benefits application within 30 days of the initial injury.

As a seasoned labor law attorney, Mary Ellen O’Connor knows every employee’s worries following a knee injury. A person who should be concentrating on recovering is often preoccupied with issues like paying for appropriate medical care, keeping up with regular bills, and providing for their family. Let the lawyers at O’Connor Law handle this for you. Visit our offices for a free consultation so that we can go to work getting you what you deserve!

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.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I limited to just payment under workers compensation?

You might be eligible to file a personal injury claim to seek damages in addition to workers’ compensation if a third party, such as a manufacturer, subcontractor, or property owner, was accountable for your injuries.

Do I have to follow all the doctor’s orders?

Follow all medical advice. This is significant because obtaining remuneration depends on your cooperation. Your ability to get paid may be affected if you don’t adhere to your doctor’s recommendations.

How soon do I have to report my injury?

The sooner, the better. You must seek medical attention as soon as you can after suffering a work-related injury, tell your supervisor of the incident within 30 days, and submit a workers’ compensation claim, according to New York law.