Unable to Work Due to Injury?

Workplace injury brings about many difficult questions. How will the medical bills get paid? How will you make up lost wages, and when will your next check come? How do you report the accident? Why is the insurance company calling you and should you talk to them? Who is on your side? We work hard to make this process easier on you. 

We Get You What You Deserve

If you suffer an injury at work or occupational disease that prevents you from working, you are entitled to receive wage loss benefits and free medical coverage. Our firm has extensive experience in fighting for workers’ compensation benefits for our clients for all types of workplace injuries.

In addition, if a third party is partially responsible for on-the-job injuries, you may have a valid personal injury claim. Our team approach means we are able to handle and file a personal injury lawsuit while working on your workers compensation claim.

Did you know: Workers’ compensation is often complicated. A skilled attorney helps navigate the process, maximize your benefits, and minimize the chances of denial.

What Can I Expect to Happen with My Case?

From the moment you contact us about your case, we strive to make sure you feel heard, respected, and taken care of. No matter where you are in the claim process, we are here to help.

1. Free Case Evaluation. Workers’ Compensation cases often move quickly! We understand that time is of the essence, particularly if you’re unable to work Our team will evaluate your case to ensure the proper claims are filed. 

2. Filing Your Claim. If you’ve hired us to assist with the process of filing a claim, we will work hard to maximize the benefits available to you.

3. Existing Claims. If you’ve hired us because your claim was already denied, we will evaluate your claim, negotiate on your behalf, and schedule necessary hearings. 

4. Negotiation. While your case is being handled, any medical care or decisions should be discussed with us to ensure you’re able to maximize reimbursements.

5. Hearings. You will typically spend around 30 minutes in front of a judge and the insurance company’s representation. The judge will be presented with required paperwork and evidence, and you will be asked to testify about how you were injured. You are required to attend hearings – there may be more than one.

6. Ruling. The judge’s ruling typically comes 30-90 days after the trial. If the ruling is in your favor, your case is closed. Our fees are withdrawn as a percentage of your award, as allowed by New York State.  

How Much Will This Cost Me?

We Only Get Paid When Your Case is Won.

We require no money up front. Our fees are only rendered when you receive your award.  Our fees are assessed as a percentage of the money you receive, as regulated by NYS. We don’t get paid until we’ve put in the hard work for you.

Construction Accidents

We work construction cases like nobody else in Western New York. We take the toughest cases and hold contractors responsible for workplace safety.

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Workers’ Compensation FAQs

What is a Workers’ Compensation claim?
How do I know if I have a Workers’ Compensation claim?
How long do I have to file a Workers’ Compensation claim?
Is a Workers’ Compensation claim my only recourse if I am hurt at work?
How much does a Workers’ Compensation attorney cost?
Do I need an attorney?
Do I get paid for my lost time?
What medical benefits am I entitled to?
Do I have to attend the hearings?
What happens at a hearing?
What if my doctor says I am less than 100% disabled?
Can I still collect Unemployment Insurance benefits while I am collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits?
Can I still collect No-Fault Insurance Benefits while I am collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits?
Can I still collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits while I am collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits?
What is a Workers’ Compensation claim?

Workers’ Compensation claim is a legal action that occurs when you get hurt during the course of your employment. In New York State you cannot sue your employer. When you get hurt at work, the Workers’ Compensation system provides for lost-time financial payments and medical treatment required as a result of your work related injury.

How do I know if I have a Workers’ Compensation claim?

If you sustain an injury during the course of your employment, you should contact our office for a free case evaluation as soon as possible. We can help you determine if you have a Workers’ Compensation claim and assist you in filing the proper paperwork.

How long do I have to file a Workers’ Compensation claim?

You are required to report your injury to your employer within 30 days. There is also a two year time limit to file a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Board. Failure to adhere to these time limits can result in a denial of your claim.

Is a Workers’ Compensation claim my only recourse if I am hurt at work?

In New York State, you cannot sue your employer. In some circumstances, a personal injury lawsuit can be filed in addition to a Workers’ Compensation claim. This includes, but is not limited to, injuries sustained in a work-related motor vehicle accident, construction injuries, or injuries sustained at a location not owned by your employer. Our team of attorneys at Dolce Panepinto will assess your claim to ensure that every legal avenue available to you is pursued.

How much does a Workers’ Compensation attorney cost?

Workers’ Compensation fees are generated on a contingent basis. This means that we only receive payment if we generate money in connection with your Workers’ Compensation claim.  Additionally, our attorneys can explain our attorney fees in greater detail.

Do I need an attorney?

While an attorney is not required, it is strongly recommended that you retain an attorney. The Workers’ Compensation Law is complex, confusing, and often difficult to navigate. The insurance carrier will have an attorney fighting on their behalf, we recommend that you have an attorney fighting on your behalf. Having an attorney means ensuring your rights are protected, maximizing your benefits, and making sure your questions and concerns are addressed.

Do I get paid for my lost time?

You are eligible for lost time benefits that are causally related to your work related injury. There are some requirements that you must meet in order to be eligible for lost time payments. Our attorneys will help to make sure you meet those requirements and answer your questions to help you maximize the financial benefits available to you.

What medical benefits am I entitled to?

Under the Workers’ Compensation Law, the insurance carrier is required to pay for “necessary and causally related medical treatment” for established sites of injury. The Workers’ Compensation Board has developed Medical Treatments Guidelines which outline authorized treatments. Your treating physicians should be familiar with the Guidelines and the forms that need to be filed to request treatment. If treatment is denied, our office can request a hearing to address the denial before a Workers’ Compensation Law Judge.

Do I have to attend the hearings?

You should plan on attending every hearing unless our office specifically tells you that you do not need to attend the hearing. If you are unsure of whether or not you need to attend the hearing, contact our office.

What happens at a hearing?

We will work with the insurance carrier’s representative to resolve the outstanding issues in your claim. If we are unable to resolve the issues through negotiation, we will make arguments to the judge regarding the outstanding issues and/or schedule testimony of you and/or your doctors.

What if my doctor says I am less than 100% disabled?

If your treating physicians reduce your degree of disability below 100%, you are required to seek work within your physical restrictions. Failure to do so can result in a suspension of your benefits.

Can I still collect Unemployment Insurance benefits while I am collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits?

You may be able to collect Unemployment benefits in addition to your Workers’ Compensation benefits if your doctors have released you to work. Our office can assist you in obtaining Unemployment Insurance benefits free of charge.

Can I still collect No-Fault Insurance Benefits while I am collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits?

You may be eligible for No-Fault benefits in addition to your Workers’ Compensation benefits if your injury resulted from the use or operation of a Motor Vehicle or if you were working in, around, or on a Motor Vehicle at the time of your injury.

Can I still collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits while I am collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits?

You may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits if you have, or are expected to, miss one year of work as a result of your injury. You can receive Social Security Disability benefits in addition to your Workers’ Compensation benefits. As the interplay between Workers’ Compensation benefits and Social Security benefits can be confusing, you can contact our office for assistance. Our office can assist you every step along the way of a Social Security Disability claim.

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