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Recovering from a workplace injury or other accident is stressful enough on its own, but questions about your livelihood and your ability to provide for your family make it that much worse. Disability benefits are often available to workers through their employer in the unfortunate event that they suffer an injury on the job and are unable to work during their recovery.
If you’re seeking compensation for a recent accident, a work-related illness, or a disability in the Bronx, you need an attorney skilled in New York workers’ compensation and accident law. The knowledgeable lawyers at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. have decades of experience representing clients facing the same situation as you. Call us today at 516-496-0400 for a free consultation.
Why You Need a Lawyer to Help With Your Claim
When you’re making a claim for disability or compensation, it pays to have an experienced legal team on your side. Many workers’ compensation and disability plans have complex requirements and important deadlines. Missing a piece of evidence or filing late or incomplete paperwork can cause your claim to fail. Many claims are rejected for this reason. An experienced claims attorney can ensure that all your medical records are in order, all deadlines are met, and that you are kept up-to-date on any developments in your case.
Even if your claim is rejected, your attorney can represent you in an appeal. The appeals process is also typically fraught with difficult and confusing requirements, but a good attorney can help guide you through it with minimal hassle. They can collect additional evidence and medical documentation. They will speak with providers on your behalf so that you don’t have to worry about saying something that might put your claim in jeopardy. An experienced disability lawyer can make the entire process move much more smoothly than would otherwise be possible.
Why Hire Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. To Represent You?
The experienced attorneys at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. have been helping clients in the Bronx area recover compensation and disability benefits for decades. Our award-winning lawyers care deeply about the rights of our clients, and we work tirelessly to make sure that they get the best representation possible. Our firm has helped thousands of New York workers and accident victims recover benefits to pay for their medical bills and lost wages. We work hard to help our clients get past their injuries and move forward with their lives.
Types of Disability and Compensation Claims We Handle
The benefits lawyers at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. have experience with a wide variety of different types of claims. We can help you no matter what your legal needs are.
- Worker’s Compensation – Most businesses in New York are required by state law to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ comp benefits cover your medical care if you are injured or develop an illness on the job. They also cover a portion of wages lost while you recover.
- Social Security Disability – SSDI, or Social Security Disability Insurance, is a program administered by the Federal government for those who have worked before, but are now unable to work due to a disability. Typically, you must have worked a certain length of time in relation to your age to be covered by SSDI.
- Disability Pensions – Those who work for the State of New York, Bronx County, or another county or local government can apply for a disability pension in the event of an illness or injury. The type of pension and the amount of benefit it provides can vary depending on the type of your employment, your length of service, and the severity of your injury.
- Long-Term Disability Pensions – Picking up where short-term benefits end, a long-term disability pension may cover a portion of your salary for the duration of your condition or until your retirement.
- Police Disability – Serving the citizens of New York in uniform is fraught with danger, and it can sometimes be difficult to obtain even the disability benefits to which you’re entitled as a first responder. We have represented thousands of public servants throughout New York seeking disability benefits for on-the-job injuries.
- Veterans’ Benefits – Federal law provides disability benefits for those who put their lives and safety on the line to serve their country. The Veterans’ Administration and its requirements can be a virtual labyrinth of regulations, however, and it’s important to have an advocate on your side who can make sure you receive the benefits you fought so hard for.
- Negligence and Accidents – If another party was responsible for your injury, you may be entitled to compensation and/or damages. Either the negligent party or their insurance company may be required to pay your medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering to help you put your life back together.
- General Practice – Our skilled New York attorneys have decades of experience in all areas of legal service. Whatever your needs for representation may be, our team will fight to get you the best results possible.
Our seasoned attorneys can determine what options are right for your circumstances, and the best path forward. Call us today at 516-496-0400 to discuss your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you are making a claim for benefits, you’ve been in an accident, or you are facing a unique legal situation, you likely have many questions. Your attorney is the best source for information and advice about your own case, but here are some answers to a few of the questions our clients often have.
What medical conditions qualify for disability benefits?
The injuries and illnesses that qualify for benefits will vary depending on your plan and the circumstances of your workplace impairment. Some of the conditions that qualify may include:
- Cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and cancers of the kidneys, lungs, or brain
- Sensory injuries such as hearing loss, vision problems, or loss of speech
- Injury to extremities causing loss of mobility
- Breathing disorders such as asthma or lung damage from inhaled chemicals or chest trauma
- Spinal or brain damage from a roadway accident
- Psychological illnesses such as schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and disorders related to mental/emotional trauma or stress
Medical records and a doctor’s diagnosis are crucial to any claim for benefits. You must see your doctor regularly and follow any treatment plans and medication instructions.
Are injuries that occur during a break or a commute covered by workers’ comp?
Workers’ compensation usually does not cover injuries that occur outside of work. If you were injured on a lunch break outside the office, during travel to or from work, or at a company social function, you may not be eligible for benefits.
There are exceptions to this sort of exclusion. If you were driving a company vehicle or were using your own vehicle for work, or you were injured at an event that you were required to attend, you may still be eligible. If you suffered an injury because you were impaired by drugs or alcohol, or you otherwise violated safety rules, you will probably not qualify for compensation.
Does COVID-19 qualify me for workers’ compensation?
COVID-19 may qualify as an occupational disease for purposes of workers’ comp if you can prove you were exposed to the virus in the course of your employment. If your job puts you at a higher risk of exposure, as is the case with first responders and hospital staff, or you work with the public, you will be more likely to qualify for benefits. Even if you don’t work at a high-risk job, but you can point to a particular event that made you sick, such as an outbreak or contact with an infected individual, you may be able to receive benefits.
What can I be compensated for in a workplace accident?
Medical care is extremely expensive. Workers’ compensation and disability benefits may cover a variety of costs associated with your injury. You may be entitled to some or all of the following:
- Bills for doctor’s visits and hospitalization
- Medication reimbursement
- Costs of long-term and rehabilitative care
- Treatment for psychological or emotional disorders
- Reimbursement of a portion of your wages during recovery
- Funeral expenses and death benefits for surviving family members
The types of compensation you qualify for will depend on your disability plan as well as the severity of your injury or illness. Talk to your attorney to get a better idea of the type and amount of compensation available in your own case.
Speak With a Knowledgeable New York Disability Attorney Today
Whether you’ve been injured on the job, were involved in a car accident, or just have questions about your legal options, you need seasoned advocates you can turn to during this difficult and stressful time. The Bronx compensation attorneys at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. have the decades of legal experience necessary to make sure your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve for your disability.
Your first priority is on your own health and your family’s well-being. We will be by your side, and we can help you get through this difficult experience. Call us at 516-496-0400 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.