New York City Workers' Compensation FAQ

At Alan M. Cass and Associates, we are dedicated workers' compensation lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of injured workers in New York since 1980. We have more than 100 years of legal experience in workers' compensation law among us and a long record of success on behalf of our clients.

We understand that applying for workers' compensation is a complicated process. We are here to handle all the details so you can focus on your recovery. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions that people frequently ask us. We encourage you to contact our firm and schedule a free consultation if you would like to learn more and discuss your situation and needs.

What injuries and illnesses are covered?

All types of injuries and illnesses are covered from broken bones and severed limbs sustained in serious accidents to certain occupational illnesses and other types of medical problems, including loss of vision or hearing. Our lawyers can assess your situation and provide detailed counsel concerning if your injury qualifies and how much compensation you may be entitled to.

Are mental illnesses, such as depression, covered?

The short answer is yes, but it depends on if there is a definite link between the illness and it being work-related. Careful documentation to show the causal link is required. For instance, if you witnessed a co-worker being killed in a serious accident and suffered psychological trauma and depression afterward as a result, this may qualify. These are complex cases that require skilled representation and our attorneys have handled over 30,000 workers' compensation claims successfully.

What is the process?

The process begins with filling out a claim as soon as a work injury, illness or condition develops that relates to your employment. Once your claim is submitted, you will be assigned a WCB case number. Your employer can agree to pay the claim or contest it through their workers' comp insurance carrier. There are numerous levels of appeals and a hearing process that may be necessary. Our firm understands how to handle every level with care and efficiency.

How much money can I expect to receive?

This depends on how much you are currently being paid in your job. We can help you calculate your medical and other costs as well as what current law allows for payouts.

What jobs qualify?

Almost any job qualifies for workers' compensation. If you are not sure if your employer carries workers' compensation insurance, ask your immediate supervisor or consult any employee manual or documentation that might have information. We can also help you research and follow the appropriate procedures.

Call for a Free Consultation for More Work Accident Information

Take the first step toward protecting your legal interests and rights. To arrange a free consultation with the law office of Alan M. Cass and Associates, call toll free: 212-349-3420 or e-mail us today. From our conveniently located offices in Manhattan, our workers' compensation lawyers represent clients from New York City and throughout the tri-state area.