Q: My husband fell from a ladder at work, his boss told him to tell the hospital that he was injured at home, what should we do?
A: Always tell your medical providers the truth. Medical records are admissible in court, and can be used against you, if your husband later decides to file a personal injury claim. Your husband’s boss is trying to avoid his legal responsibility of paying for all medical expenses and lost wages through his Workers’ Compensation insurance.
Q: My husband fell from a ladder at work when the ladder tipped over. He hurt his back and shoulder and cannot go back to work. We are from Ecuador and here illegally. Can we make a claim?
A: Yes, if your husband was injured on the job, he can file for Workers’ Compensation. His legal status does not affect his ability to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits. In addition he may also be able to file a claim for personal injuries, pain and suffering, which resulted from the accident. We would need to analyze the facts of the case to see if there was a responsible third party that we could file a claim against.
If you were injured while working in the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building you will almost always have a valid claim for Workers’ Compensation and in addition may also have a claim for pain and suffering for the injuries suffered in the accident.
You should call a New York accident lawyer who is experienced in cases involving ladder and scaffold accidents, like the lawyers at Jacob Oresky & Associates PLLC. Our phone number is (718) 993-9999, we speak Spanish and we understand your situation well. Consultations are free.
Construction work is dangerous. In New York City last year, 186 accidents were reported, and three workers were killed. All of the deaths were the result of falls.
You can protect your family and your rights by calling the accident attorneys at Jacob Oresky & Associates PLLC today. You do not have to handle this situation alone. Our attorneys will help you get the compensation your family deserves.
Sources OSHA NYC statistics Latino workers most vulnerable