Injuries on the Job in Special Municipal Fields
When employees suffer injury or illness on the job, they are often entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. Worker’s compensation benefits often include reimbursement of medical treatment, costs, and other related expenses. Furthermore, if an employee must miss work in order to recover from their illness or injury, they are entitled to at least a portion of their salary for their time off work as a form of disability insurance. However, not all injuries are always covered under worker’s compensation and your employer may fight against you to avoid paying benefits. Any time you are injured or become ill on the job, you should contact a White Plains labor law attorney for assistance with your claim.
Some jobs with the municipal government carry with them the inherent risk of injury. For this reason, New York labor law provides special coverage for certain types of municipal employees. Some employees covered under New York General Municipal Law 207-c include:
- Policemen, including sheriffs, undersheriffs, deputy sheriffs, detectives, investigators, or other members of the police force
- Corrections officers
- Advanced ambulance medical technicians
- Fire inspectors, fire marshals, and assistant fire marshals
- Probation officers
- Some Long Island Rail Road Company employees
If any of the above type of employee qualifies, New York law covers illnesses and injuries that occur during the performance of their professional duties.
In order to qualify, a medical professional appointed by the municipality must make a determination that the injury or illness was incurred during performance of official duties or as a result of the performance of those duties. If that determination is made, the municipality will be liable for all costs of medical treatment and physician appointments attended.
In addition to medical expenses, the injured or ill municipal employee will be entitled to the full payment of his salary during any work time missed because of his or her condition. If a policeman will never be able to resume his previous duties, he may be assigned to a less strenuous job, but at the same pay rate of his previous job title. If an officer is unable to return to work in any capacity, but for some reason does not qualify for accidental disability retirement, he will be eligible under Law 207-c to receive his salary until he is of retirement age.
If, for some reason, an officer refuses medical treatment by a municipally-approved physician or other medical professional, he will not be eligible to receive any benefits under Law 207-c. Furthermore, once an appointed medical professional deems a municipal employee fully recovered from the job-related injury or illness, they will not receive any additional free medical treatment nor wage compensation if they continue to miss time from work.
Whether you are a municipal employee or not, if you are injured on the job, you should always contact a White Plains labor law attorney for help. There can be many complications in worker’s compensation or 207-c cases. To avoid the risk of losing any compensation for your job-related injury, seek the advice of a professional. A White Plains labor law attorney from Lynch Schwab PLLC can help you with your worker’s compensation claim today.
Posted on November 20, 2013 in Personal Injury