Trusted Nassau County Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Advise Employees
Knowledgeable Mineola lawyers help clients file claims and appeal decisions
When an on-the-job accident or occupational illness leaves you disabled, workers’ compensation can provide crucial financial compensation for you and your loved ones. At Cassisi & Cassisi, P.C., we are committed to helping injured and ailing employees pursue all the benefits available to them under New York law. From our office in Mineola, we advise and represent clients on Long Island and throughout the Greater New York area.
Respected firm seeks maximum disability benefits for work-related accidents and injuries
To qualify for workers’ compensation, you must have sustained an injury or illness at your workplace or while you were involved in a work-related activity offsite. This no-fault insurance exists to help injured workers cover medical bills, lost wages and other related expenses, such as rehabilitation and professional retraining.
There are four levels of workers’ compensation disability benefits, depending on the severity of the injury:
- Temporary total disability (TTD) — A worker suffers a disability that completely prevents them from working for a short period of time.
- Temporary partial disability (TPD) — The employee experiences an injury that prevents them from working at full capacity for a short period of time.
- Permanent total disability (PTD) — An injury prevents a worker from ever returning to the type of work they previously had been engaged.
- Permanent partial disability (PPD) — An injury prevents a worker from performing at full capacity, thus reducing their level of earnings.
The value and duration of payments available to you are based on your wages before the accident and on the length of time you are unable to work.
As your attorneys, we will analyze your circumstances to determine the appropriate remedy and work with you to ensure compliance with all deadlines and paperwork requirements.
Experienced attorneys explain workers’ comp eligibility requirements
Workers’ compensation is not available to all workers in New York. Employees eligible for coverage include:
- Employees of for-profit businesses
- Most workers at nonprofit organizations
- County and municipal employees who engage in hazardous work
- Public school teachers, excluding those at New York City public schools
- New York State employees
- Full-time domestic workers and live-in maids
- Farm workers
Among the workers not eligible for workers’ compensation in New York are:
- New York City firefighters, police officers and sanitation workers covered under the New York State General Municipal Law
- People covered by federal workers’ compensation
- Certain independent contractors, sole proprietors and one- or two-person corporate offices without employees
- Certain employees of foreign governments and Native American nations
- Nonprofit volunteers who receive no compensation
- Priests, rabbis and other members of religious orders
Once we determine your eligibility, we can chart a path toward recovering any available compensation.
Caring lawyers develop a tailored legal strategy for each injured worker
Though you can file a workers’ compensation claim on your own, an attorney can provide valuable guidance to help you avoid mistakes and achieve the full benefits to which you are entitled. Our understanding of the complex workers’ compensation process has proven an asset to many clients. We know how to prepare claims meticulously and to appeal unjust denials.
For one thing, there are strict deadlines to be observed. To claim workers’ compensation in New York, you must provide written notification of your injury to your employer within 30 days of the accident or within two years of learning about your work-related illness or disability. You have two years from the date of injury or discovery of your illness to file a claim with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.
Although workers’ compensation is your sole remedy as pertains to your employer, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against a third party — such as a contractor or service provider — whose negligence contributed to your injuries. This is important because a lawsuit allows recovery of damages for pain and suffering that are not available through workers’ comp. Our injury attorneys carefully review your case to determine how you can best recover the maximum compensation you deserve.
Contact experienced Long Island workers’ compensation attorneys for a free consultation
Located in Mineola, New York, the attorneys at Cassisi & Cassisi, P.C. handle workers’ compensation cases throughout Long Island and the Greater New York City area. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers, call (516) 294-5050 or contact us online.