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Unsafe worksites can cause tragic accidents that result in workers suffering permanent and sometimes even fatal work injuries. A New York workers' compensation law firm can provide representation to those who have suffered harm when fatal accidents happen at work or when employees get sick or injured as a direct result of doing work tasks. Worksite injuries and fatalities are far too common in the New York area, and just recently, Long Island Business News published a troubling report about the total number of workplace fatalities that occurred in the greater New York metropolitan area in the course of 2016.

Hundreds of Workers Died in the NY Metropolitan Area

Read more: Workplace Deaths in the Greater NY Metro Area: A Look at the Stats

According to statistics, there are 2,000 to 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma each year in the United States. Due to the fact that men are exposed to asbestos more often, their likelihood of being diagnosed with the cancer is 4.6 times higher. 2 to 10% of people with heavy and prolonged asbestos exposure will develop the most common form of the cancer known as pleural mesothelioma. People older than 60 years of age are 10 times more likely to develop mesothelioma than people younger than 40 years of age. In 2013, 2,497 people died of mesothelioma.

Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Have you been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma? Do you want to know if you can file a lawsuit to recover money damages? In most cases, yes, you can. People who discover that they suffer from mesothelioma as a result of working with asbestos, they – or if they are deceased, their spouse – have a great chance of obtaining substantial damages, either from the company that installed or manufactured the asbestos based products or from a victims’ trust fund or even an insurance company that assumes liability for the manufacturer. Thanks to the formation of asbestos victims’ trust fund, you can file a mesothelioma lawsuit even if the manufacturer has shut shop, sold out or even gone bankrupt.

Read more: How to File and What to Expect in Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits

New York City workers' compensation lawyers provide representation to victims who have been hurt at work or who have been made sick as a result of work duties There are many workplace rules that are aimed at reducing or preventing work injuries, but unfortunately these injuries continue to occur and jeopardize the health and safety of employees. Just recently, a new rule went into effect that mandates employers report electronically when certain injuries occur. This rule could potentially help to improve worker safety by providing a more complete database of workplace injuries and by facilitating public disclosure of work injuries in order to encourage companies to be better at injury prevention.

More About the New OSHA Rule  

Read more: OSHA's New Electronic Reporting of Injuries Rule Goes Into Effect

Employees who get hurt on the job must rely on workers' compensation to provide benefits. Injured workers should get help from New York City workers' compensation lawyers in order to take action in getting the benefits they need. Workers' compensation is typically an exclusive remedy for workers who cannot sue employers after most on-the-job injuries. This important program ensures that medical bills are paid and that workers receive disability income if they need it. However, the American Council of Science and Health indicates that some changes have been proposed to workers' compensation in New York that could be damaging to workers.

Changes to Workers' Compensation Laws in New York Could Hurt Workers

Read more: Proposed Change to Workers' Compensation Could End Up Hurting NY Workers

New York City workers' compensation lawyers provide representation to victims who are hurt at work and to family members of individuals who are killed on-the-job. Unfortunately, far too many injuries and fatalities occur within New York, adversely impacting the lives of workers and their families in many devastating ways. Just recently, Syracuse.com reported on the death of a farm worker and on the serious shortcomings in safety policies that result in so many agricultural workers losing their lives within the state of New York.

Better Policies are Needed to Protect NY Workers

Read more: Another New York Farm Worker Dies on the Job

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