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Workers' Compensation For Housekeepers, Custodians, & Other Professional Cleaners

Cleaning professionals work hard to keep our homes, workplaces, businesses, and cities clean and free of potential dangers which could cause an injury, Unfortunately, this occupation has many of its own hazards which frequently result in professional cleaner work injuries. When a cleaner gets injured on the job and has to miss days from work, he or she is entitled to financial assistance through workers’ compensation benefits.

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Which Injuries Qualify For Workers’ Comp?

If you’re employed in the state of New York and you suffer an injury or illness related to your job duties, you have a right to file for workers’ compensation benefits. Shortly following your injury, you must seek medical attention and your doctor must state that your injury is work-related and serious enough to require you to miss days. You also must report your injury to your employer as soon as possible.

The benefits are available for all types of injuries and illnesses, including:

  • Accidental injuries – Injuries which occur in sudden work accidents, such as slipping and falling on a wet surface.
  • Occupational illnesses – Illnesses which occur due to exposure to hazardous substances, such as mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure.
  • Repetitive motion injuries – Injuries that slowly accumulate over time due to repeating the same motions using the same body parts, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Do You Need A Lawyer To Get Workers’ Comp?

You’re permitted to apply for benefits without legal aid, but it’s often necessary to have an experienced work injury lawyer on your side. While it may sound like workers’ compensation is designed to protect workers, the reality is much different. Insurance carriers make their profits by limiting payouts and will look for any reason to deny your claim. Additionally, many employers dispute claims by arguing that the injury occurred outside of work.

Insurance companies are represented by skilled lawyers who specialize in fighting claims. Many injured workers enter this process without legal representation and find themselves in over their heads. Whether you’re applying for the first time or looking to appeal a denied claim, Banville Law’s dedicated work injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve without roadblocks from the insurance company.

Can Cleaning Workers Sue for Work Injuries?

In most cases, the answer is no. However, in rare instances, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit if a third party’s negligence caused your injury. Third parties consist of anyone other than your co-workers or employer. If one of these parties was responsible for a dangerous condition that caused you to get hurt, you could have grounds for a lawsuit.

For example, if a defective cleaning product caused your injury, you could potentially sue the manufacturer or producer under the legal concept of product liability. Or if you were injured due to a hazardous condition while working in a private home (such as a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk) you could potentially hold the property owner liable.

Cleaning Industry Hazards

Cleaning workers have a higher injury rate than most other occupations. According to EHS Today, studies show that full-time custodians are injured as much as twice as often as other private industry workers. Cleaning work environments require the use of potentially harmful chemicals and are at risk of acquiring injuries through various physical tasks.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified several hazards which lead to injuries and occupational illnesses among cleaning workers:

  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Chemical hazards and toxic substances
  • Cleaning chemicals
  • Confined spaces
  • Hazardous energy
  • Electricity
  • Ergonomics (repetitive motion injuries)
  • Falls
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Forklifts

Remember that it doesn’t matter how your injury occurred. As long as it happened while you were completing job duties, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Beginning The Claims Process

If you’ve been injured while working as a cleaner, Banville Law is here to help you recover the compensation you deserve. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the claims process, but our knowledgeable lawyers can help guide you so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries. We’ll evaluate each aspect of your accident so that you can recover all possible forms of compensation, including Social Security Disability benefits and personal injury claims, if applicable.

We understand the financial stress a work injury causes. That’s why we’re proud to offer free consultations and only ask for payment if and when we help you get paid. Contact us today so that we can hear your story and help you begin the process of filing for compensation.

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