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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.

Have you been injured at work?
Are you wondering how you’re going to pay the bills?
Are you eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits?

Don’t worry! Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP can answer all your questions!

Workers' Compensation Overview

Workers’ Compensation benefits are provided to individuals who have sustained work-related injuries. Benefits including financial payments and/or medical care are provided by the employer’s insurance carrier.

Submitting a claim requires patience and strict timelines to qualify for workers compensation benefits. However, our experienced staff will be there every step of the way to get the money you and your family deserves.

Who Qualifies?

Not every injury qualifies. Only those disabilities that are related to an accidental injury in the course of employment are eligible for compensation.

Here are some injuries that may qualify you for benefits:

  • Injuring an arm, leg, finger or toe
  • Facial scar
  • Loss of hearing or vision

Who's At Fault?

If the Workers’ Compensation Board finds that you have a compensable injury, you are Workers Compensation Lawyers Attorneys - Work-related Injuriesentitled to lost wages payments, as well as, Workers’ Compensation medical coverage pursuant to Medical Treatment Guidelines.

Workers’ Compensation is a “no fault” benefit. That means the amount a person receives is not decreased by his/her carelessness nor increased if it is the employers fault.

The Heavy Hitters Can Help

Our staff of Workers’ Compensation attorneys have been dealing with cases for over 20 years. We have found that many individuals do not receive the full benefits and privileges to which they may be entitled. Let us make sure you get what you deserve with Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP!

Contact us today by using the form to the right or calling us directly at 1-800-LAW-1010 (1-800-LAW-1010).

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Our “What You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation in NY” booklet will answer many of your questions regarding Workers’ Compensation.

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Topics Include:

    • 5 steps on what to do when you are injured on the job
    • Workers’ compensation benefits
    • How do I get medical treatment?
    • How much money will you receive
    • Degree of disability

 

Written by attorneys at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP, it is our hope that this booklet on Workers’ Compensation will help take away some of the stress and anxiety you might be experiencing from your unfortunate situation.


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 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.

Let’s say you were in an accident and suffered a minor injury. Under normal circumstances, you would take some time off to heal and then return to work.

But what if you sustained an injury or illness so severe you could no longer earn a living?

What if you were nowhere near retirement? How would you support you and your family?

Social Security Disability Benefits may be your answer.


Types of Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers several types of benefits:

Disability Insurance Benefits – Disability Insurance Benefits were designed to provide disable workers with income. Like any other insurance policy, you are eligible to receive benefits if you paid premiums every month by having Social Security “taxes” withheld from your paycheck.

Retirement Benefits – Retirement Benefits are available to those who have paid enough Social Security taxes (through payroll withholding) to be fully insured for retirement benefits.

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Survivors Benefits – Survivors Benefits are available to direct relatives of deceased workers who have paid enough money (withholding from monthly paycheck) into Social Security to be insured for retirement and survivors benefits.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – SSI provides benefits for low-income individuals who may not be eligible for Disability Insurance. This program is also for children who have disabilities.

A claim for benefits must be filed with the government and requires verbal and written evidence proving the nature and extent of the disability. If an initial determination by the government finds that a person does not qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, a right to appeal the decision exists.

It is important to understand how to properly file a claim with the federal government, and what to do if your claim was denied. At Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP, our team of social security disability lawyers want to help guide you through the often complicated and stringent process of filing a claim, as well as defend your rights and get you the money you deserve for your disability.

Contact us today by using the form on the right or by calling us anytime, toll-free at 1-800-LAW-1010 (1-800-529-1010).

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9 Steps to Winning Your SSD Claim

Written by attorneys at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP, it is our hope that this booklet on Social Security Disability (SSD) will help take away some of the stress and anxiety you might be experiencing from your unfortunate situation.

This booklet contains simple explanations of the benefits that Social Security provides and easy to understand information about the SSD claims process.

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Topics Include:

  • 9 steps to winning your SSD claim
  • SSD basics
  • Retirement benefits
  • Disability determination process
  • And more!

If you or someone you know may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, call the law firm of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®, The Heavy Hitters® at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010).


Work-related injuries

If you have sustained an injury during the course of your employment or as a result of the long-term effects of your employment, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits that include lost wages, medical expenses and an award for the injury sustained.

There are many rules that must be followed when making a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits. We here at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP can represent you in your claim and make sure that you collect the Workers’ Compensation benefits that you are entitled to receive.

 


 

Construction Accidents

With the building and remodeling of residential and commercial property continuing to grow, workplace accidents unfortunately will happen. Common accidents involve workers being injured by falling off a roof, broken or defective ladder, or scaffolding. Workers hurt by objects falling from an elevated height, or workers who suffer injuries as a result of a fall may be entitled to make a claim for their injuries against the property owner and/or general contractor.

The law firm of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP will handle all aspects of your case from gathering information from your employer, getting witness statements, taking photographs of the accident scene, investigating the construction site, conducting the necessary legal research, hiring safety experts, and presenting your claim. Your only responsibility is to get better.

 


 

Railroad / FELA Claims

FELA Claim AttorneysCongress 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