Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

Workers' compensation important for injured roadside workers

In New York, keeping the roads in working order is critical for safety and efficiency. Construction workers stationed on the side of the road are clearly in danger at all times. Workers' compensation benefits are a critical safety net if they are hurt while working. With the lost time on the job, lost wages and medical costs, many workers rely on workers' compensation. However, if there is a dispute over any issue related to workers' compensation, a lawyer experienced in these matters is key.

A worker working along the interstate was injured when he was hit by a car, which then fled the scene. The worker suffered an injury to his lower leg and was hospitalized, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. The driver who hit the man swerved to the right, ran into a barrel and then hit the worker. She got out of her vehicle, examined it and then drove away. She might not have known she hit someone. The investigation is continuing.

Whether a work accident happened because of negligence, lack of safety procedures or because of an unfortunate confluence of circumstances is largely irrelevant to the worker who was hurt. What matters is that in the aftermath of the accident, they are provided sufficient workers' compensation benefits by the insurer and the employer. Workers who are unable to work and need medical care can face a litany of challenges that workers' compensation is supposed to solve. Still, that does not mean the necessary benefits will be provided. There could be a disagreement about the extent of the injuries and how long the worker will be off the job. Other issues could be subject to dispute.

It is wise to have legal advice to obtain the maximum in workers' compensation benefits. Any work accident can have long-term consequences. If you have been injured in an accident at work, you should call a workers' compensation attorney for advice.

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