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I’m attorney Paul Harding with the law firm Martin, Harding and Mazzotti – the Heavy Hitters – here in Saratoga Springs, 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

Workers’ Compensation benefits are provided to employees who have sustained work-related injuries. These benefits may include cash and/or medical care, and are provided by the employer’s insurance carrier. These benefits are truly helpful when one is unable to work, but still has to pay the bills. However, submitting a claim also comes with strict timetables that must be followed. Let the respected Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® in Saratoga Springs work for you, and get you the money you’re rightfully deserved.

New York’s Workers’ Compensation Board processes the Workers’ Compensation claims, and if approved, directs employers’ insurance carrier to pay cash benefits and medical care. The Workers’ Compensation Board determines just how much one is to be reimbursed. Three instances in which a worker is disqualified from such benefits are:

  • The injury resulted from the individual being intoxicated (both drugs and alcohol)
  • 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

Workers’ Compensation cases do not leave anyone at fault, and therefore does not adjust the amount paid based on the level of carelessness. The injured employee will receive no money until the employer or insurance carrier agrees that the injury or illness was in fact, a work-related event. In the instance of a disputed claim, a Workers’ Compensation judge will decide which party is correct, then, and only then, will cash benefits and medical care be released to the injured employee through Workers’ Compensation. 

Believe it or not, if you are waiting for a judge to decide your case, you are could also be eligible for disability benefits, and able to collect during this time. Be aware, any accepted benefits from the Disability Program will be deducted from your future Workers’ Compensation settlement.

Let our Saratoga Springs legal team of workers’ compensation attorneys assist you in filling out your claim and seek the full benefits in which you are entitled to.

If you have been injured on the job and don’t fully understand the Workers’ Compensation legal process, contact Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® of Saratoga Springs today. Even if you are still working but an injury is preventing you from earning the same amount that you once did, there are laws in place that allow you to recover two-thirds of that difference.

 Don’t let the NYS Workers’ Compensation Law keep you or a loved one confused or stressed. Get the proper care needed and the proper compensation. 

Allow the Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®, The Heavy Hitters®, to fight for your rights, and take care of your case today. Contact our Saratoga Springs office at (518) 583-1010, or call us toll free at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010).

 


Social Security Disability

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I’m attorney Paul Harding with the law firm Martin, Harding and Mazzotti – the Heavy Hitters – here in Saratoga Springs, 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 Lawyers Attorneys

Are you unable to work due to an injury or other medical condition? Have you considered Social Security Disability benefits to help you through this difficult time? Social Security benefits are designed for those who are expecting an injury to keep them out of work for a year or more.

If you have a child that is also facing a disability they may be eligible for SSD benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, a child must have a physical or mental condition that seriously constrains his or her activities, and is expected to last one year or more.

In order to obtain benefits, your claim must be accepted by the government. A claim must be filed, as well as verbal and written evidence explaining the nature and extent of the disability. If the government decides to forgo the granting of SSD benefits to an injured person, they have the right to appeal the decision.

Please call Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®, The Heavy Hitters® if you or someone you love has been seriously injured and unable to work. Our local Saratoga Springs, NY office can be reached at (518) 583-1010. Our experienced Social Security Disability lawyers know how urgent situations like these may be, so we are on standby 24/7! Call our toll-free number 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010).

 


 

Work-related injuries

Have you been injured on the job? Do you know that you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits? Work related injuries can be extremely stressful and may cause you to miss work and pay high medical bills, creating a huge monthly income deficit. Workers’ Compensation may be able to cover those lost wages as well as your medical bills related to the injury.

For more information on Workers Compensation, check out our WC eBook!

When claiming a benefit from Workers’ Compensation, there are rules that need to be carefully followed in order to get the potential benefits. Let our local Saratoga Springs, NY work related injury lawyers help file a claim, represent you and assist you throughout the process.

 If you have been injured on the job, call Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®, The Heavy Hitters® today to protect your rights. Our Saratoga Springs office has trained and experienced work related injury lawyers who can be reached at (518) 583-1010, or call us toll-free, 24/7 at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010).

 


 

Construction Accidents

Workers Compensation Lawyers Attorneys - Work-related InjuriesSaratoga Springs, NY is an ever-changing location. The people are ambitious and the city is thriving. This opens doors to more opportunity and growth, specifically with new businesses, buildings and construction projects. Unfortunately, this also means there is an increase in probability that someone may get injured on the job. 

In the construction industry, there are numerous ways that a construction worker can get injured, and among the most common are falling from a ladder, scaffolding or rooftop mid-work. Large or heavy objects falling can cause other injuries. If you or someone you know is in the construction industry, it is important to know that if a worker suffers injuries on the site, they may be entitled to make a claim against the property owner or the general contractor.

Our Saratoga Springs practiced team of construction accident lawyers has dealt with numerous related accidents, and our experience enables us to ensure that we will take care of all the angles of your construction injury case, so that you receive the necessary settlement in order to make a full recovery. The construction accident attorneys at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP take care of everything, from gathering all necessary information from your employer, compiling witness statements and conducting important legal research, to hiring safety experts, all for the purpose of presenting your claim.

 Call the Saratoga Springs, NY office today to get your free consultation. The construction accident lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP, The Heavy Hitters want to focus on preserving your rights, so you don’t have to. Call our Saratoga Springs office at (518) 583-1010, or contact us toll free at 1800LAW1010 (1-800-529-1010).

 


 

Railroad / FELA Claims

FELA Claim Attorneys

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, railroad transportation was in high demand. This called for a multitude of railroad workers, which unfortunately, only increased the amount of injuries and deaths that occurred due to poor working conditions, safety precautions not being complied to, etc. In an effort to lower these unfortunate statistics, Congress passed the FELA Act1(Federal Employer’s Liability Act). This ensured that those railroad workers that were not secured by Workers’ Compensation laws had the power to sue their railroad employer for injuries sustained on the site. 
Workers’ Compensation and the FELA act differ in terms of what is needed to win a case. FELA’s requirements state that one must prove that the railroad company was “legally negligent” in harming the worker. Full compensation (including payment of lost wages, medical bills, rehab expenses, and money for pain and suffering) is awarded to the worker if negligence is in fact proven. FELA allows claims for additional damages above and beyond what the New York State Workers’ Compensation Laws allow, making it possible to be awarded a higher compensation.

Not every railroad is covered under the FELA Act. Only common carriers, which are railroads that operate as a means of transportation for the public, as well as those workers who operate such a railroad for compensation, can be covered under FELA.

FELA requires a person to fulfill four elements in order to recover damages:

  • The railroad must be a common carrier engaged in interstate commerce
  • He/she was employed by the railroad company to perform duties that would further the railroads interest
  • Demonstrate that harm was sustained while the victim was employed by the common carrier
  • Prove that the harm experienced was a result from the railroad’s negligence

The term negligence refers to the failure to take a reasonable amount of care. Relative to the railroad company, they are also responsible for the negligence that may be caused by other employees while on the job. A situation can be legally deemed negligent if there is:

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

About an hour south of Saratoga Springs is one of our country’s largest passenger hubs, the Albany-Rensselaer train station. With the help of the FELA Act, the employees that work in this train station are entitled to a safe, hazard-free work zone. If this is not the case and if an injury was sustained while on the job due to the Railroad Company’s negligence as described above, please seek the necessary medical treatment and call our local FELA claim lawyers in Saratoga Springs, NY office at (518) 583-1010. You can also call our toll-free number to connect with a representative 24/7 at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010). Our FELA claim lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®, The Heavy Hitters® want to get you the money you deserve!

1) FELA History