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I’m attorney Paul Harding with the law firm Martin, Harding and Mazzotti – the Heavy Hitters – here in Syracuse, 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 at work, you may be eligible for cash benefits and/or medical care, known as Workers’ Compensation. Workers’ Compensation is a type of insurance that is paid by employers to cover on the job accidents. The benefit to employees is that they do not have to pay into this insurance. The downside is that this is an added cost to employers that is only paid when an employee is injured. This means that in many cases, employers do not want to pay this unless they have to.

We are here to support you and help prove you deserve to be compensated for your injury. Being injured on the job can pose various hardships that can prove to be immensely stressful and time consuming. Don’t let your injury cause more difficulties than it needs to, let our Workers’ Compensation lawyers assist you in a smooth recovery.

Workers’ Compensation claims are unique in that they do not place the blame on either party. As long as it can be proven the injury was a result of working, payouts are independent of carelessness or fault. However, some instances will disqualify a worker from their ability to file a Workers’ Compensation claim:

  1. If the injury had resulted solely from an individual being intoxicated from drugs or alcohol
  2. If the injured worker had the intention of injuring themselves or others
  3. If the injury resulted when an employee’s conduct violated company policy or committed a serious crime

In the event of a dispute, a Workers’ Compensation law judge will decide which party is correct. If the judge decides in favor of the injured employee, the company’s insurance company will pay cash benefits or medical care expenses for that employee. An important note is that Workers’ Compensation can only be paid after a decision is made, until that point, the employee is only eligible to collect disability. Disability can be paid during the decision period, however the amount paid will be deducted from the total Workers’ Compensation award amount.

The Workers’ Compensation claim process is a complicated system and it varies from state to state. Our Syracuse Workers’ Compensation Lawyers are experienced in New York law and will ensure it is handled properly and efficiently. If you have been injured on the job and cannot earn the same amount of money you are use to, you may be eligible to receive benefits making up two-thirds of the difference in your pay. There is no need to stress in working through the details of your claim: Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP is here to help.

If you are unsure if you have a claim or not, contact our Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP for a free case consultation. Please call our Syracuse office at 315.529.1010 or call 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 Syracuse, 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

In order to file a Social Security Disability claim, it must go through the federal government and SSA. It must also include proof of the nature and extent of one’s disability. If you are initially rejected for a Social Security Disability claim, you always have the right to appeal the decision. Our highly qualified Social Security Disability lawyers at Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® are here to assist you in providing the evidence you need to successfully file your claim.

Contact us today at our Syracuse, New York location by calling (315) 529-1010, or reach us toll-free at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010).

If you or someone you know may qualify for SSD benefits, call the experienced Social Security Disability lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®, The Heavy Hitters® in Schenectady, New York at (518) 862-1200, or call us toll free at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010).



Work-related injuries

If you have suffered an injury at work, we believe that you should be fairly compensated. As an injured employee, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits to help offset lost wages & medical expenses.

Filing for Workers’ Compensation is a complex process so it is important to seek assistance from someone who knows and understands the system. Our Syracuse job related injury lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP can help you through this process.
Know your rights as an injured employee, call us today for a free consultation by dialing (315) 529-1010 or reach us toll-free at 1800LAW1010 (1-800-529-1010).



Construction Accidents

Workers Compensation Lawyers Attorneys - Work-related InjuriesThe construction industry poses many risks to workers. Even with proper safety measures, accidents still happen. Rooftops, ladders and scaffolding contribute the highest number of construction accidents, large and heavy falling objects also contribute to many injuries each year. If you have been injured, it is important to understand your rights in making a claim against the property owner or general contractor.

Do you think you may have a case due to an injury on the job?

Our Syracuse construction accident attorneys of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP want to protect you and get you the compensation you deserve. Defending your rights in a situation like this requires a vigilant team to cover all bases, including, but not limited to:

  • Gathering all information necessary from the employer
  • Gathering any witness statements available
  • Taking relevant photographs of the scene where the incident occurred
  • Investigating the site, as well as conduct necessary legal research, hire safety expert(s), etc.

Don’t hesitate, contact Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP’s Syracuse construction accident lawyers to get help with your claim. Let us handle the legal work so you can focus on making a full recovery and getting back to work.

Call our Syracuse construction accident lawyers today at (315) 529-1010, or reach us toll-free at 1800LAW1010 (1-800-529-1010), for a free consultation.



Railroad / FELA Claims

FELA Claim Attorneys

Congress passed the Federal Employers’ Liability Act,1 otherwise known as FELA, in 1908 in response to the high number of railroad deaths. Under FELA, railroad workers who are not covered by regular workers’ compensation laws are able to sue railroad companies for their on-the-job injuries.

FELA compensation is not awarded automatically. Unlike workers’ compensation provisions in state laws, FELA requires the injured railroader to prove that the railroad was “legally negligent” in causing the injury. After proving negligence, the injured railroader is entitled to full compensation. Such compensation includes payment for lost wages, medical and rehabilitation expenses, and for pain and suffering. As FELA allows a railroad worker to make a claim for damages which are not covered under New York State Workers’ Compensation Laws, the compensation that a railroad worker may receive under FELA may be greater than that provided by State Worker’s Compensation for non-railroaders.

The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) only applies to railroads that function as common carriers. Not every railroad is a common carrier. A common carrier is 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. A common carrier has also been defined 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 (FELA) must establish four elements. First, they must establish that the railroad is a common carrier engaged in interstate commerce. Second, they must prove that they were employed by the railroad and assigned to perform duties which furthered the railroad’s interest. Third, they must demonstrate that harm was sustained while they were employed by the common carrier. Lastly, they must prove that the harm resulted from the railroad’s negligence – a legal term for failure to take a reasonable amount of care.

The railroad’s negligence 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, and exposure to toxic chemicals or other dangerous substances.

Here in Albany, we have the largest railway hub of any upstate city and the country’s tenth largest passenger hub in the Albany-Rensselaer station. Like all workers, the railroad workers are entitled to a safe and hazard-free workplace. 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®, at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010).

1) FELA History