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Is Workers’ Compensation Enough?

Many of our clients who have been injured on the job are concerned about paying their bills while they are out of work. New York workers' compensation laws provide for cash benefits to compensate injured workers for lost wages. But do they provide the full amount necessary?

How Much Workers' Compensation Can I Collect?

Under New York workers' compensation law, you may collect a maximum of 2/3 of your typical weekly salary multiplied by your disability percentage. If you are completely disabled and unable to return to work, you may collect the full 2/3 of your salary up to about $850 per week (depending on the date of your injury).

For many people, $850 per week is not enough to cover living expenses — particularly in New York City, where the cost of living is higher than almost anywhere else in the nation.

When Workers' Comp Isn't Enough

In most states, collecting workers' compensation bars you from filing suit against your employer for compensation. However, certain New York laws allow some workers to collect workers' compensation and sue a negligent employer at the same time. These laws most often apply to construction workers and those in related industries.

However, it is important to proceed carefully. Taking legal action without fully understanding the requirements could jeopardize your financial recovery and your future health. Before making any decisions, it is wise to speak with a work injury lawyer.

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At Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson, we are extremely familiar with the New York labor laws that regulate compensation for injured workers. We've worked with those laws every day for more than 70 years. If you have questions about the benefits that you may be entitled to, we invite you to schedule a free consultation with an attorney. Please call 646-569-9769 or contact us online.