If you suffered an injury or illness in the workplace in Oyster Bay, you need an experienced attorney on your side who understands the complex legal landscape of workers’ compensation. If you’ve acquired a disabling condition, whether from work or from an illness or non-work injury, you need an attorney who is skilled in Social Security Disability benefits to help you get the compensation you need to meet your living expenses.
The lawyers of Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. have represented clients in a range of illness- and accident-related legal cases for over four decades. We know the law, and we know how employers and insurance companies try to wriggle out of providing workers the support they need after a debilitating injury or illness. That’s why Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. is committed to aggressively advocating from day one for your rights and well-being.
Contact Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. today for a consultation with an Oyster Bay attorney about your workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits claim. We are available by phone at 516-496-0400, or you can reach out to us online.
Why Hire Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C.?
With over 40 years of legal experience in workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability benefits cases, Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. attorneys have the legal know-how to handle a variety of cases for injured workers in Oyster Bay. We understand the devasting impact a workplace injury or illness can have on your and your family’s lives and finances. We treat our clients with the care and attention that they need and deserve in these challenging and stressful situations.
But more than relieving your stress, Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. can also increase your chances of success. When you have an aggressive advocate in your corner who knows the law and can advocate for the workers’ comp or SSD benefits you deserve, your claim has a far better chance of being approved. In the event your claim is denied, we do not give up. We will keep fighting for you through the appeals process.
Our Practice Areas
Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. handles cases in the following practice areas:
- Workers’ Compensation: In New York state, the vast majority of employers are required to provide workers’ compensation benefits for their employees, which can cover expenses and lost wages due to a work-related injury. Our attorneys can help you file a claim and, if necessary, appeal a denial.
- Social Security Disability: Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal program that provides benefits to disabled workers and their dependents. The process for applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be cumbersome and time-consuming, and a large percentage of initial applications are denied. An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer can handle this process on your behalf.
- New York City and State Disability Pensions: If you are a New York City or state worker who was injured on the job, you may be entitled to disability benefits through specific pension systems.
- Group and Private Long-Term Pensions: Some employers provide long-term disability plans for workers who become disabled due to an illness or injury. These plans can provide supplemental income to replace your lost wages.
- Police Disability: Law enforcement officers who are injured in the line of duty may be entitled to a tax-free disability pension through the NYS Policemen’s and Firemen’s Retirement System.
- Veterans’ Benefits: If you served and sacrificed for our country in the U.S. military, your country should be there to support you if you become sick or injured during your term of service. Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. is honored to represent veterans in disability claims to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We will stop at nothing to get you the help you need in return for your service.
- Negligence and Accidents: Accidents happen all the time because of another party or parties’ negligence or wrongdoing. Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. can represent you in these complicated cases to pursue the compensation you deserve from the responsible party or parties.
Common Workplace Injuries
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, private industry employers reported 2.7 million workplace injuries and illnesses in 2020. The most common occupations experiencing workplace injuries or illnesses include nurses or nursing assistants; laborers or freight, stock, and material movers; truck drivers; maintenance and repair workers; stockers or order fillers; and retail salespeople.
In recent years, because of COVID-19, which has infected millions of people worldwide, the leading cause of work-related injuries or illnesses has become “exposure to harmful substances or environments,” according to the National Safety Council. In 2020, the most common work-related, non-fatal injuries involving days away from work were:
- Exposure to harmful substances or environments: This includes exposure to electricity, radiation, noise, extreme temperatures, and harmful substances. Exposure to COVID-19 falls within this category.
- Overexertion: This includes both acute overexertion injuries, such as lifting, pushing, or carrying a heavy object; and chronic injuries from repetitive motions, as is commonly found in the warehousing industry.
- Falls, slips, and trips: This includes tripping, slipping, or falling on the same level, as when a worker trips or slips on an object on the floor, or from a raised level, as when a worker falls from a ladder, roof, or other raised structure.
- Contact with objects and equipment: This includes an object hitting a worker; a worker bumping into or being pushed by an object; a worker being pinched, squeezed, or crushed by an object, multiple objects, equipment, or structures; or vibrations from an object.
- Transportation accidents: This includes roadway incidents as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian; incidents involving non-roadway land vehicles such as tractors or forklifts; and incidents involving aircraft, railways, or water vehicles.
- Violence or injury by other people or animals: This includes intentional and unintentional injuries by other individuals or injuries from animals and insects.
What to Do After a Workplace Injury
There are a few important first steps to take after a workplace injury:
- Report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. Within 30 days of the incident, you should also report your injury in writing.
- Seek medical attention from a health care provider who is authorized by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. Retain all copies of your medical bills and records and follow all of your doctor’s instructions throughout your entire course of treatment.
- Hire an attorney who is experienced in workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability benefits cases. Legal representation could make the difference in your claim being approved or denied.
Contact Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. Today
If you’ve been injured, disabled, or developed a serious medical illness due to your work or have become otherwise disabled and unable to work, contact the experienced workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability benefits attorneys at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. today. Our compassionate, knowledgeable legal team is ready to advocate for Oyster Bay workers just like you. Call Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. today at 516-496-0400, or reach out to us online. We’re here to help.