Who is covered under workers’ compensation?

acceladmin   April 17, 2017   Comments Off on Who is covered under workers’ compensation?

When a person is injured on the job or becomes ill as a result of their job, they may want to file a workers’ compensation claim to obtain coverage for the medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life that may have resulted from the accident. Most people don’t know very much about their rights under workers’ compensation until they become injured in an accident while on the job.

The vast majority of employees in New York State are covered under the Workers’ Compensation Law because most employers are required to provide this coverage. In addition, the employer must provide workers with posted notice in a visible location for the employees to view if necessary. If you are not sure if your employer has workers’ compensation coverage, you may want to ask them directly or contact the Workers’ Compensation Board. All workers of for-profit companies, including part-time, borrowed, and leased employees, and volunteers are covered. New York State employees and certain State volunteers are covered as well. Domestic workers, including live-in nannys or maids, who work at least 40 hours per week for the same employer are covered as well. As previously stated, most workers are covered. Those who are NOT covered are those who are volunteering free of compensation for non-profits, employees for a religious group (such as a priest or rabbi), New York City police officers, firefighters, and sanitation workers, and certain independent contractors.

Of course, it is always best to check with your employer to determine whether you are covered under New York State’s Workers’ Compensation Law. If you have been injured on the job, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today.

If you are in need of legal counsel in regards to a personal injury in New York, please contact The Law Offices of Jonathan D. Sands and we would be happy to assist you.