Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) workers help to build, repair, install the systems that keep our homes and vehicles comfortable, and our indoor air quality high. This is hard, physically demanding work, and there are also a variety of occupational hazards in this industry. It’s important that these technicians are well-trained and follow safety standards closely, but the risks of accidents and injuries are a part of the job.
When HVAC workers get injured on the job, they are entitled to benefits in a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ comp is a no-fault insurance policy that guarantees coverage for work-related injuries that require missed shifts. In New York, all employees are required to have coverage, but many injured employees struggle to receive the benefits they need.
Any injury or illness that’s directly related to your job duties is eligible for workers’ compensation if it’s serious enough to keep you from working. This includes injuries that occur in workplace accidents, those which build up over time (such as lower back pain from heavy lifting), and illnesses from exposure to hazardous conditions.
Since this is a no-fault form of insurance, it doesn’t matter how your injury occurred. You qualify for benefits even if you caused an accident through negligence, and your employer and co-workers are all protected from lawsuits for work injuries. While you’re entitled to workers’ comp coverage, it’s common for employers and insurance companies to dispute and deny claims.
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There are several occupational hazards that all HVAC technicians should be aware of:
If you’ve recently suffered a serious work injury as an HVAC employee or contractor, our lawyers are prepared to help you plan for the best route to compensation. For injured employees, we understand how the workers’ compensation works and we know how to deal with insurance companies.
Insurance companies have their own lawyers who specialize in denying claims. Our lawyers have the respected reputation you need to avoid these roadblocks when applying for your benefits. Additionally, we can help you gather additional evidence and appeal a claim which has already been denied.
We’ll also evaluate your case to see if you’re eligible for other forms of compensation, such as a personal injury claim against a negligent property owner. Our dedicated work injury lawyers offer free consultations and only require payment as a small percentage of your benefits if we help you win, which means there’s no risk for you.
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