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I’m attorney Paul Harding with the law firm Martin, Harding and Mazzotti – the Heavy Hitters – here in Albany, New York. Workers’ compensation is a state-mandated insurance program that provides compensation to employees who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses.

Each state has its own laws and programs for workers’ comp and often times they can be confusing. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and frustrated. If you’ve become ill or injured at work you’re likely to have a lot of questions:

How will my bills get paid?
Will I get the proper medical treatment?
Are my rights being protected?

The best way to address any questions about a workers’ comp claim is to consult with an experienced, trusted attorney. In fact, there is no good reason not to consult a lawyer when dealing with the complexities of workers’ compensation.

Our team at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti has been representing people like you in their workers’ comp cases since 1994.

Call today for a free case evaluation.

If you’ve been hurt at work or have questions regarding your workers’ compensation claim, call us now at 1800LAW1010 or visit our website to chat 24/7.

We’re Martin, Harding and Mazzotti – the Heavy Hitters and we look forward to helping you get the benefits you deserve.

Visit our chat feature here on the website 24/7 or call us now at 1800LAW1010 for a free, no obligation case evaluation.

Workers’ Compensation Claims

If you have been injured on the job or have fallen ill due to workplace conditions, you are likely eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Workers’ Compensation laws were put into effect in NYS in 1914 in an effort to help both employees and employers easily settle matters of work-related injuries or illnesses.

Workers’ Compensation can be best explained as benefits and compensation provided to injured workers by an employers’ insurance carrier to cover medical expenses, lost wages, as well as any future complications from the injury or illness (rehabilitation, retraining, etc.).

In general, any employee with a work-related illness or injury can receive these benefits regardless of who was at fault (i.e., the employee, employer or a third party). In most instances, the injured worker receives this compensation in exchange for the right to sue their employer for negligence over these injuries. 

There are a few instances in which a worker’s right to make a claim is disqualified:

  • Injury resulted from individual being intoxicated (both drugs and alcohol)
  • If the individual had the intention of hurting themselves or others
  • Injury resulted when an employee’s conduct violated company policy or committed a serious crime

The Workers’ Compensation Board of NYS is responsible for processing and directing insurance companies to pay benefits and compensation once the claim is approved. The Board is also in charge of determining whether insurers should be reimbursed for benefits and the amounts that are payable from questionable claims, as well as intervening in questionable cases when necessary. The steps between being injured at work and receiving your rightfully deserved compensation can be plentiful; let our experienced Albany Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® work for you and help you receive the benefits necessary for recovery and rehabilitation.

 



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I’m attorney Paul Harding with the law firm Martin, Harding and Mazzotti – the Heavy Hitters – here in Albany, New York. Social security disability claims can be complex and time consuming.

Sometimes a simple misinterpretation of procedure can result in denial of benefits.

Many attorneys will not help you with a disability claim unless you’ve already been denied.

That’s not us.

The experienced team at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti is here to help from start to finish. We take the time to understand your unique situation.

We can help you work through the process, fill out the paperwork and get your claim started. In many cases a disability claim will be denied with the first application, but hope is not lost. If you’re just applying for disability or you’ve already been denied…

We will defend your right to get the benefits you deserve.

To speak with lawyer you can trust, visit our website to chat 24/7 or call us now at 1800LAW1010 for a free, no obligation case evaluation.

We’re Martin, Harding and Mazzotti – the Heavy Hitters and we look forward to helping you get the benefits you deserve.

Visit our chat feature here on the website 24/7 or call us now at 1800LAW1010 for a free, no obligation case evaluation.

Social Security Disability

Social Security Lawyers AttorneysAre you out of work due to a debilitating injury or medical condition? You may qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits if you are expecting to be out of work for a year or more.

If you have a disabled child with a physical or mental condition that seriously limits his/her activities, and is expected to last longer than 1 year, they may also qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Don’t wait, call the passionate Social Security lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® to see what we can do for you.

In order to qualify for Social Security benefits, a claim must be filed with the government, along with verbal and written evidence that proves the nature and extent of the disability. A person has the right to appeal the decision, should the government initially find this person not qualified for such benefits.

 If you or someone you know has a disability that is keeping them out of work, and may qualify them for Social Security Disability benefits, please call the Albany, NY office of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®, The Heavy Hitters®, for your free consultation today: (518) 529-1010. Our Social Security Disability attorneys can be contacted toll-free, 24/7 at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010).

 


Work-related injuries

If you have been injured on the job, are you aware that you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits? Workers’ Compensation can help offset any of your lost wages and medical expenses that were a direct result of the injury sustained during the course of your employment.

 Making a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits must follow several rules and regulations. Our Albany team of Workers’ Compensation lawyers can help you through this process. Make sure you know your rights and options if you have been a victim of work related injuries.

 


 

Construction Accidents

Workers Compensation Lawyers Attorneys - Work-related InjuriesAlbany is ever changing with the construction of new buildings, remodeling, and beautification of its parks and community. However, with more construction projects in play, so is the potential for increased work related and construction site injuries.

Some of the most common construction site injuries sustained are caused by falling objects from elevated heights, a worker falling off a roof, or a broken/defective ladder or scaffolding. If you have sustained an injury as a result of any of these actions, you may be entitled to make a claim against the property owner and/or general contractor if they did not adhere to specific NY construction laws and codes.

Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®’s Albany team of experienced construction accident lawyers will take care of all aspects of your case. We will conduct all the necessary actions and obtain information, including:

  • Witness statements
  • Photographs and investigation of the construction site
  • Legal research
  • Hire safety experts
  • Present your claim

 If you have been injured in a construction site accident, you should not take your situation lightly. We want to protect your legal rights, and get you the money you deserve. Call The Heavy Hitters® – Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®’s local Albany, NY office for your free consultation from our dedicated team of construction accident attorneys today, at (518) 529-1010. Our personal injury law firm is available 24/7, toll-free at 1800LAW1010® (800-529-1010).

 


 

Railroad / FELA Claims

FELA Claim AttorneysHave you been injured while working on a railroad? Are you aware that if you file a claim under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act1(FELA), you may be entitled to compensation above and beyond that of which Workers’ Compensation benefits may cover? 

In 1908, Congress passed FELA as a way for railroad workers who have been injured on the job, but may not be covered by Workers’ Compensation laws, to collect for their injuries. Because of this, there are some major differences between the two laws. For instance, unlike Workers’ Compensation laws, FELA requires the injured railroader to prove that the railroad was “legally negligent” in causing the injury. 

After proving such negligence, the injured railroader can collect full compensation, which includes payment for lost wages, medical and rehabilitation expenses, and for pain and suffering. Contact our FELA claim lawyers to get a better understanding of your rights.

Since FELA allows a railroad worker to make a claim for damages above and beyond that of which New York State Workers’ Compensation Laws offer, the railroad worker may receive a greater amount of compensation than a non-worker would through the State Worker’s Compensation benefits. 

FELA only covers those railroads that function as a common carrier. A common carrier can be defined as one who operates a railroad as a means of carrying for the public, (i.e., a railroad company acting as a common carrier), or as one who engages in the business of transportation of persons or property from place to place for compensation, offering his services to the public generally.

One who seeks to recover damages under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act must first establish these four elements:

  • The railroad is a common carrier engaged in interstate commerce
  • The injured party was employed by the railroad and assigned to perform duties which furthered the railroad’s interest
  • Demonstrate that harm was sustained while he/she was employed by the common carrier
  • Prove that the harm experienced was a result from the railroad’s negligence

The railroad’s negligence also includes the negligence of other railroad employees, as long as their bad decisions were made as part of their jobs. Any careless decision could be considered negligent, including:

  • Failure to provide safety equipment
  • Bad decisions or inattention by other railroad employees
  • Poor maintenance of trains, rails or other equipment
  • Failure to prevent chronic repetitive stress injuries
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals or other dangerous substances

Right in the heart of the Capital District, we have the largest railway hub of any upstate city and the country’s 10th largest passenger hub in the Albany-Rensselaer station located in Albany, NY. Like all workers, those that work for the railroad are entitled to a safe and hazard-free workplace under FELA. If you or a loved one was hurt at work on the railways and you believe the railroad could have prevented it with a little more care, Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® can help.

To protect your right to full compensation for all of your injuries, please call the law firm of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®, The Heavy Hitters®, in Albany, NY at (518) 529-1010 or toll-free, 24/7 at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010).

1) FELA History