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Applying For Workers' Compensation As An Injured Plumber In New York

Plumbers help to build, repair, and maintain the systems that help our modern world function. This includes everything from fixing leaky pipes to planning and executing some of New York City‘s largest building projects. During the course of labor, plumbers are exposed to a wide variety of occupational hazards which can lead to serious injuries and illnesses. When an injury causes a plumber to miss days at work, he or she may apply to be reimbursed for medical expenses and lost wages through workers’ compensation.

However, many injured plumbers have a hard time receiving these benefit payments. It’s common for claims to be denied by insurance companies and many plumbers work as independent contractors, who don’t have employer-provided workers’ compensation insurance. Fortunately, an experienced work injury lawyer can help injured workers recover the compensation they need and deserve.

Can Injured Plumbers File A Workers' Comp Lawsuit?

Workers’ compensation is designed to keep employees above water when they can’t work because of an injury. But these payments are often insufficient for serious injuries. In some cases, injured plumbers may have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit against negligent third parties who caused their injuries.

If anyone other than your co-worker or employer caused your injury, you could recover additional damages outside of workers’ comp. This is the best option for independent contractors who do not have workers’ compensation coverage. 

To learn more, contact our New York workers' comp law firm today. 

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Who Can Be Held Liable For Plumber Injuries?

Many plumbers work independently on construction sites and in private homes. If your work injury was caused by the negligence of someone else in your work environment, you could hold them liable for expenses.

Examples of possible negligent parties include:

  • Property owners who failed to address a hazardous condition which leads to an injury, such as a snow-covered sidewalk outside of their home.
  • Independent contractors on construction sites who cause accidents through negligence, such as dropping a tool they failed to secure.
  • Construction project managers who cause accidents by failing to follow safety regulations.

It usually takes a careful accident investigation to determine negligence. A resourceful work injury lawyer can help examine the details of your accident in order to find who was responsible for causing it.

Which Injuries Qualify For Workers’ Comp?

Any injury or illness which was caused or made worse by your job duties is eligible for workers’ comp. This includes accidental injuries, slowly developing conditions and musculoskeletal injuries, and occupational illnesses.

Common Occupational Dangers In Plumbing

In plumbing, there are numerous hazards which can easily lead to serious injuries and occupational illnesses, including;

  • Exposure to hazardous substances (e.g. lead, sulfer dioxide, asbestos, mold)
  • Working near flammable and combustible materials
  • Exposure to biohazards (e.g. raw sewage)
  • Infections from animal droppings
  • Working from awkward positions and in confined spaces
  • Performing repetitive physical tasks
  • Lifting and carrying heavy objects
  • Exposure to extreme temperatures
  • Electrical hazards
  • Exposure to dangerous noise levels
  • Working from high elevations
  • Flying particles which can cause eye injuries
  • Slip, trip, and fall hazards

Sometimes, employers may argue that an injury is not work-related. This is common for slowly developing conditions (like tendinitis), occupational illnesses, and hearing loss. As long as your doctor agrees that your condition is work-related and you’ve filed a report, a workers’ comp lawyer can help you get the benefits you’re rightfully entitled to.

Do I Need A Lawyer’s Help To Get Compensation?

Studies have shown that your claim is much more likely to be accepted if you have an experienced work injury lawyer by your side. Insurance companies like to take advantage of unrepresented injured workers who aren’t aware of how the system works. But if you have a respected lawyer, they are much more likely to simply pay out your claim without giving you headaches during the claims process.

Whether you’re filing an initial claim or appealing a denied one, Banville Law’s dedicated work injury team can help you get the benefits you need in a timely manner. We understand that you have enough stress while you’re recovering from your injury. That’s why we take pride in helping injured workers recover their benefits so that they can get back on their feet and only require payment after you’ve received your compensation.

To learn more about your compensation options after a plumbing work injury, contact us today for a free consultation.

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