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Workers' Compensation Lawyer for Manufacturing Workers
Get All the Benefits You’re Owed
You work for one of the big manufacturing operations in the Albany area.
You work hard every day making products critical to company profitability and our region’s economy. You take pride –– and rightly so –– in providing a good living for your family.
Then you get hurt on the job. Or you develop a work-related illness. Now you can’t work.
You need medical treatment so you can recover.
You also need income – because the bills don’t stop coming.
If you work in manufacturing in New York State, Workers’ Compensation benefits could be a financial lifesaver for you.
But sometimes Workers’ Comp insurance companies deny your benefits, or cut them off prematurely.
For more than 25 years, James Trauring & Associates, LLC, has helped Upstate New Yorkers get all the Worker’s Comp benefits they’re owed.
What Does Workers’ Comp Provide Me?
You could get:
- Your medical care and prescriptions paid for
- Payment for lost wages
- Coverage for medical device
- Costs reimbursed for traveling to doctor appointments
You’re already trying to recuperate from your work-related injury or illness.
Don’t let a big insurance company, or your employer, put pressure on you and add to your worries about getting well and staying financially stable.
Get a lawyer who knows New York’s Worker’s Comp system –– all its rules and regulations –– fighting for your claim.
It costs nothing to talk to us at James Trauring & Associates, LLC, about your situation.
You Face Risks Working in Manufacturing in New York
The Albany area has about 26,000 manufacturing jobs. The State of New York has about 450,000, according to 2017 numbers from the State Department of Labor.
Some of the most prominent employers in our area –– General Electric, Bechtel Marine Propulsion, GlobalFoundries –– are in manufacturing.
But the industry comes with risks.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics counted 13,500 non-fatal manufacturing injuries in New York in 2015.
The Traveler’s (Insurance) Companies did a study in 2016 and found these among the most common workplace injuries nationwide:
- Material handling accidents are “especially common” in manufacturing and retail industries, the study said.
- Eye injuries were “one of the most frequent” types of injuries in manufacturing and construction.
Almost any injury or illness can be covered by Workers’ Comp if it’s work-related:
- Knee injuries
- Back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Fractured bones
- Muscle strains
- Neck injuries
- Burn injuries
- Repetitive motion injuries, pinched nerve
- Head injuries
- Hearing loss
- Heart attack, stroke
- Mental health problems
- Chronic pain
Lifting or bending as part of a manufacturing job eventually could lead to knee or back injuries.
A noisy work environment could affect your hearing. High production demands could lead to stress-related ailments.
Some work-related injuries happen in an instant. Others develop over many years.
The lawyers at James Trauring & Associates, LLC, can help you establish that you medical condition is work-related.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Worker’s Comp Case?
Workers’ Comp was created to provide quick help to injured workers while at the same time protecting employers from lawsuits.
In most cases, injured workers cannot sue their employers.
But too often, the Worker’s Comp insurance company doesn’t put you first.
Or, employers can become hostile to people with Worker’s Comp claims. They might not cooperate with filing your claim. They refuse to make reasonable accommodations to get you back at work. They even try to get rid of you.
When that happens, your lawyer can make sure employers and insurance companies follow the rules of system and take care of your needs. Your lawyer puts your interests first.
New York’s Workers’ Compensation Board says, “An attorney’s assistance may be desirable if the issues are complicated.”
If your employer’s behavior is particularly irresponsible, you may have a claim for retaliation or a personal injury case.
If your injury at work resulted from the actions or defective products of someone other than your employer, in that case you could file a lawsuit against the third party.
If your work-related illness puts you out of work for a long time, you could qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. At James Trauring & Associates, LLC, we can identify when that’s a good option for your and help you apply for benefits.
Don’t wait until your Workers’ Comp is denied. Consulting a lawyer at any point can make a difference in getting your claim approved and your life back on track.
James Trauring & Associates, LLC, has offices in Schenectady, Albany and Saratoga Springs.