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Your Right to Death Benefits in a Workers' Compensation Case
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You Have a Right to Pursue Death Benefits When a Family Member is Killed on the Job

Under the New York workers' compensation laws, when you are hurt on the job or contract an illness because of exposure to toxic conditions or substances at work, you have a right to pursue temporary or permanent benefits. But what if the injury is fatal? Do your survivors have a right to seek death benefits in a workers' compensation claim? The answer—a resounding yes!!

When a worker dies from work-related injuries, his or her spouse has a right to seek compensation for the death in a workers' compensation proceeding. If there is no surviving spouse, dependent children or parents may pursue damages, and, in the absence of parents, children or a spouse, the deceased's estate may seek death benefits.

As a general rule, a surviving spouse can typically anticipate receiving monthly workers' compensation benefits for the rest of his or her life, unless he or she remarries. In those situations, the surviving spouse is entitled to a lump sum payment of two years benefits. The Workers' Compensation Board will pay up to $6,000 in funeral and burial expenses, and, when there is no spouse of surviving children, $50,000 is paid to the parents or to the estate.

You Have a Right to Death Benefits When a Family Member is Killed on the Job

Experienced Queens |NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers' Compensation Attorneys

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers' compensation and Social Security disability claims for people in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

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Queens | NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers' Compensation Attorneys

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Frequently Asked Questions about Work-Related Repetitive Stress Injuries
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Nov 03, 2017 | 3614 views | 0 0 comments | 405 405 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

FAQ Repetitive Stress Injuries

Frequently Asked Questions about Work-Related Repetitive Stress Injuries

Answers to Common Questions about Non-Traumatic Injuries Sustained in the Workplace

Though many job-related injuries are caused by traumatic accidents—a machine breaks down or malfunctions or something falls on you—there are other injuries, often more debilitating, that can result from seemingly harmless activities, such as bending, sitting or standing. If you are experiencing significant pain or discomfort because of your job, but you can’t point to a specific incident, you may be suffering from repetitive stress injuries. This blog answers frequently asked questions about such injuries.

Q: What are the different types of repetitive stress injuries?

A: Almost any type of motion, or even the lack of motion, can cause undue stress on some part of your body. Perhaps the most well-known malady is carpal tunnel syndrome, but there’s a similar condition known as cubital tunnel syndrome. Your body has bursa sacs in a number of places, including your shoulders, hips, knees and elbows, and those sacs can become inflamed, a condition referred to as bursitis. There’s epicondylitis, more commonly known as golfers or tennis elbow, caused by repeated stress on your forearm muscles. You can also experience inflammation of any tendon in your body, which can be caused by either a repeated motion or exerting nonstop pressure for long period of time (such as when you are standing for hours at a time).

Another common repetitive stress injury is plantar fasciitis, usually caused by inflammation in your Achilles tendon. This may be the result of standing or excessive bending or squatting.

Q: What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

A: Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by numbness, tingling or weakness in your hand or wrist, caused by pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome typically stems from repeated hand movements and can be worse when your hands are lower than your writs. While carpal tunnel syndrome affects your first three fingers, there’s also cubital tunnel syndrome, where the ulnar nerve is pinched, causing similar conditions in your ring finger and pinky.

Q: Can you seek workers’ compensation benefits for repetitive stress injuries?

A: Under the workers’ compensation laws in New Jersey, you can seek compensation for a repetitive stress injury. You should notify your employer as soon as possible after the diagnosis or appearance of any symptoms. To successfully recover, you will need to show that your work required you to engage in an activity that caused the repetitive stress injury.

Effective Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Queens, New York

At Pyrros & Serres, we bring more than 50 years of combined workers’ compensation experience to injured workers throughout the borough of Queens and New York City metropolitan area. We built our successful practice on a commitment to personal service and attention. As a result, many of our new cases come to us as referrals from our colleagues in the legal profession or from other clients.

We handle all types of work-related injury claims, including cases involving:

Back and Neck Injury | Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) | Fractures | Shoulder, Arm, Hand and Finger Injury | Hip, Leg, Foot and Toe Injury| Burns | Paralysis |Occupational Illness | Spinal Cord Injury | Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement | Amputation or Loss of Limb | Hearing or Vision Loss | Accidental Death

 

For more information about the services we provide, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Workers’ Compensation Attorneys—Queens, New York

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Asbestos Exposure on the Job
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Nov 03, 2017 | 3586 views | 0 0 comments | 412 412 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Asbestos exposure on the jo

Addressing Your Concerns about Potential Injury or Illness Due to Work-Related Asbestos Exposure

For decades, many builders and manufacturers in the United States incorporated asbestos into a wide array of products. Asbestos offered a number of attractive features, particularly as insulation for heat and sound. In addition, it was non-corrosive and fire resistant. Though the processing and manufacturing of products using asbestos is now prohibited by law, workers may still suffer the effects of long-term exposure. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about asbestos exposure in the workplace.

Q: What is asbestos?

A: Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, made up of extremely durable, yet very fine fibers. There are six known types of asbestos, all of which are odorless and tasteless, and cannot be detected  unaided by the human eye. .

Q: How can you be exposed to asbestos?

A: There are generally three ways to be exposed to toxic or carcinogenic levels of asbestos: occupational exposure, secondary exposure and environmental exposure.

Occupational exposure involves coming into direct contact with asbestos or asbestos-containing materials or products while on the job. Many who worked in construction, power plants or places with high fire risk were exposed to high levels of asbestos for years.

Secondary asbestos exposure refers to exposure by friends or family of persons working directly with asbestos or asbestos-containing materials. Because the asbestos fibers are not visible to the unaided human eye, many asbestos workers brought them home on a daily basis, such that other family members were exposed.

Environmental asbestos exposure may stem from environmental pollution near asbestos mines or from activities as simple as gardening or bicycling.

Q: What are the most common injuries or illnesses tied to asbestos?

A: Asbestos exposure is most frequently associated with certain types of illnesses, from Mesothelioma to asbestosis. With Mesothelioma, the asbestos particles collect on the lining of the chest, causing abnormal cell growth and division, essentially a form of cancer. Statistics show that nearly four out of five cases of Mesothelioma involve exposure to asbestos.

Asbestosis is a chronic lung condition that stems from the inhalation of asbestos fibers. The buildup of fibers on the lungs can result in scarring, which can lead to shortness of breath.

Q: Can you seek workers’ compensation benefits for asbestos exposure injury or illness?

A: Absolutely. Even if you haven’t been exposed to asbestos for a number of years, if you can show that you worked with asbestos and that you have symptoms tied to Mesothelioma, you can seek workers’ compensation benefits.

Proven Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Queens, New York

At Pyrros & Serres, we bring more than 50 years of combined workers’ compensation experience to injured workers throughout the borough of Queens and New York City metropolitan area. We built our successful practice on a commitment to personal service and attention. As a result, many of our new cases come to us as referrals from our colleagues in the legal profession or from other clients.

We handle all types of work-related injury claims, including cases involving:

Occupational Illness | Back and Neck Injury | Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) | Fractures | Shoulder, Arm, Hand and Finger Injury | Hip, Leg, Foot and Toe Injury| Burns | Paralysis | Spinal Cord Injury | Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement | Amputation or Loss of Limb | Hearing or Vision Loss | Accidental Death

 

For more information about the services we provide, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Workers’ Compensation Attorneys—Queens, New York

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What Does It Mean to Be Classified as “Permanently Partially Disabled”?
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Oct 19, 2017 | 4509 views | 0 0 comments | 429 429 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

When you have been hurt on the job, there are typically four different ways your injury can be classified:

  • Temporary partial disability—something that is short-term and does not prevent you from being gainfully employed in some capacity
  • Temporary total disability—something that is short-term, but prevents you from working at all
  • Permanent total disability—something that will be with you the rest of your life, and that will likely prevent you from ever working again
  • Permanent partial disability—a condition that is permanent, but won’t necessarily keep you from working some other type of job

If you are classified as permanently partially disabled, you are typically entitled to continue to receive payments based on your percentage of disability. You must also show, though, that you have tried to find work that you can perform with the limitations your permanent injury imposes on you. In addition, you may be required to submit to periodic re-evaluations to determine if your medical condition has changed, and if you are still eligible for disability benefits through the workers’ compensation  program.

What is Permanent Partial Disability?

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At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims for people in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

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Do You Need a Witness to a Workplace Accident?
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In New Jersey, if you’ve been injured on the job, you have a right to seek benefits to cover your disability, as well as medical expenses. But what if no one actually saw the accident? Can you still recover workers’ compensation benefits if there were no witnesses to your injury? The answer is yes.

There are typically two types of evidence in a legal matter—direct evidence and circumstantial evidence. Direct evidence includes anything a witness had access to directly, either through sight, sound, smell, taste or touch. Circumstantial evidence, on the other hand, involves facts that support a finding, but without any direct access to an event.

We were involved in a workers’ compensation claim where an employee died of a heart attack at his desk at work. No one had been present when the man died. However, through circumstantial evidence, we were able to show the man had been under significant stress on the job. We successfully argued to the workers’ compensation judge and the Workers’ Compensation Board that the reason the man died was related to his job.

Do You Need a Witness to a Workplace Accident?

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At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we provide comprehensive counsel to people with workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

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Don’t Accept Business as Usual—Let Us Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve
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When you’ve been injured on the job, you are entitled to seek disability benefits, as well as the cost of medical expenses, in a workers’ compensation claim. Unfortunately, if your injuries are serious and catastrophic, you may be surprised to learn that the workers’ compensation insurance company doesn’t want to treat you any differently than someone with minor injuries. That’s why it’s critical to have an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to advocate for you.

At Pyrros & Serres, we have successfully recovered substantial benefits for workers whose injuries were extensive. We represented a man who suffered injuries at work that left him wheelchair bound and in need of constant medical care. In initial dealings with the workers’ compensation insurer, our client was offered a settlement of $100,000, clearly insufficient to meet his needs for the rest of his life. We refused to accept the insurer’s inadequate offer and impressed upon them the severity of the man’s injuries, as well as his basic needs. Because of our advocacy, the man received a $1 million settlement offer, as well as a new motorized wheelchair.

The moral of the story? Don’t ever accept business as usual! Hire an experienced and aggressive workers’ compensation lawyer to protect your rights.

Don’t Accept Business as Usual!

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At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims for people in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

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The Diverse Culture in Queens Extends to Its Restaurants, Too!!
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It’s no secret that the borough of Queens is one of the most ethnically diverse communities anywhere on the planet. For anyone who loves great food and wants to try something different, it’s a virtual paradise. It probably comes as no surprise that there are more than 1,600 Italian restaurants alone in Queens! From street vendors to five star eateries, from food trucks to bistros, your choices are virtually endless. Here’s just a small sample of some of the outstanding, and some of the unique, food experiences available in Queens:

 

Local Favorites

  • The Original Stamatis Restaurant: “If you can’t get to Greece…” the saying goes, go to Stamatis. This Astoria landmark is the real deal, offering mouthwatering Greek fare at reasonable prices. It’s a large menu, with something for just about everyone, with one of the largest seafood selections in Queens, and eggplant that’s out of this world. To learn more, visit The Original Stamatis Restaurant
  • Taverna Kyclades: Another Astoria legend, Taverna Kyclades has a longstanding commitment to using only the freshest ingredients in original Greek recipes. Family members personally shop for the freshest meats, fish and other ingredients every morning. The fare is simple, with an emphasis on fish and seafood entrees. Taverna Kyclades is often the “go-to” place to bring guests from out of town.
  • Trattoria L’incontro: With hand-painted images from Chef Rocco Sacramone’s hometown in the Abruzzo region in Italy, and an open brick oven in the dining room, this is as authentic as Italian gets in Queens, and that’s saying something. Many of the recipes that make this restaurant stellar were handed down to Chef Rocco by his mother, Tina. Trattorio L’incontro blends classic Italian dishes with new and exciting cuisine.
  • Good food, great prices: If you’re looking for something that’ll tantalize your taste buds, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, there are lots of great options. Court Square Diner, in Long Island City is renowned for its super-sized portions and reasonable prices for standard diner fare. The handmade dumplings at Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao are considered among the best in the metro area. New Park Pizzeria is one of the favorite local spots for authentic New York pizza.
  • Something different—Sometimes you just want to try something you can’t find everywhere. How about Spicy Lanka, in Jamaica, for some Sri Lankan food (might want to bring a fire extinguisher!!). For the sweet green curries that make Malaysian cuisine so delectable, there’s PappaRich and Sentosa in Flushing, and Taste Good Malaysian in Elmhurst. You haven’t lived until you’ve had the Tibetan style momo at Phayul, in Jackson Heights.

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At the law offices of Pyrros & Serres LLP, our attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of workers’ compensation claims. We take cases involving all kinds of work-related injuries, such as:

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) | Spinal Cord Injury | Paralysis | Fractures | Shoulder, Arm, Hand and Finger Injury | Back and Neck Injury | Hip, Leg, Foot and Toe Injury| Burns |Occupational Illness | Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement | Amputation or Loss of Limb | Hearing or Vision Loss | Accidental Death

Effective Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Queens, New York

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation for people across the greater New York City metropolitan area, including injured workers in the borough of Queens.

For more information about the services we provide, see our practice area overview page.

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Something You May Not Have Known about Queens
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A: The borough derived its name from the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza, who was the queen of England when Queens as founded in 1683. Explorers and colonists had been in the area, though, for half a century before Queens was formally named, settling first around Maspeth. From its establishment until it became one of the boroughs of New York (in 1898), Queens County was much larger, including what is now Nassau County.

Q: What is the basis of the Queens economy?

A: Given its cultural diversity, it’s no surprise that unofficial estimates indicate that nearly 140 different languages are spoken in Queens, from Spanish and Chinese to Tagalog, French Creole, Serbo-Croatian and Hindi.

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We handle all types of work-related injury claims, including cases involving:

 

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How Does Your Lawyer Get Paid in a Workers’ Compensation Case?
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Sep 25, 2017 | 9023 views | 1 1 comments | 740 740 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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When you’ve been hurt on the job, one of your first steps should be to notify your employer and file a workers’ compensation claim to cover medical expenses and lost income. But when you’ve suffered a job-related injury and can’t work, things get pretty tight pretty quickly. When you’re trying to put food on the table, one of the last things you want is to pay money to an attorney. So what do you do?

There’s good news—in New York, when you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, you never have to pay your attorney directly for any work done on your case, whether it’s preparing and filing the application for benefits, or appearing on your behalf at meetings or hearings. The amount that your lawyer will receive is determined by the workers’ compensation and by the workers’ compensation board, and will be calculated based on the range of services provided, as well as the amount of benefits the attorney secures for you.

In workers’ compensation cases, like other personal injury lawsuits, lawyers typically charge a “contingency fee.” That means that your attorney will take a percentage of the amount recovered. The lawyer will only get paid if you actually obtain workers’ compensation benefits, and will typically receive a higher fee if you get a higher monetary award.  A customary contingency fee in New York is 10-15% of the total award or settlement.

How Does Your Workers’ Compensation Attorney Get Paid?

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At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we provide comprehensive counsel to people with workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

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Be Careful—You Could Be on Candid Camera!!
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Don’t Let Workers’ Compensation Investigators Ruin Your Claim with Video Footage!

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When you have been hurt on the job, you can’t count on your employer or the workers’ compensation insurance provider to step forward and make certain you get the benefits you need and to which you are entitled. In fact, because your employer and their insurers have a vested interest in paying as little as possible to settle your claim, you can expect that they’ll spend some time and money trying to disprove or diminish your claim. One of the most common ways to do that is to obtain clandestine video footage of you engaging in some activity that suggests your injury is either not severe or bogus.

There’s a simple way to avoid this problem—be honest from the get-go. Don’t ever try to make your injury more—or less—than it actually is. If you exaggerate the severity of your injury, you’ll have to be constantly on your guard, so that you don’t forget that you’re supposed to be injured, and end up doing something that belies your claim. If you haven’t exaggerated or fabricated your injury, you can usually just live your life as limited by the injury and you’ll be fine.

It’s also important, though, to understand that this is no time to be strong or brave, or to worry about not pulling your weight. You have been hurt and you need to accept that, and acknowledge that you need time to heal. That will most likely include abstaining from some or many of the common activities of your life. You don’t have to be locked in your house…just make certain that you abide by the restrictions that your doctor establishes.

Don’t Ruin Your Workers’ Compensation Claim with Video Evidence

Experienced Queens |NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims for people in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Queens | NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

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