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What to Do When You're Injured in a Healthcare Accident in New York City and Long Island

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Injured while working in the Healthcare field in NYC?

Being injured in a field where you are supposed to be treating injuries is not something healthcare workers think about. However, when you are exposed to certain tools, chemicals, illnesses, etc. you are put into a higher risk of being in an accident. In NY, as a healthcare worker, you are entitled to workers’ compensation. This even includes if you have contracted COVID-19 within the workplace.

Work with us at the Law Offices of Edmond J. Hakimian if you suffered an injury while working in the healthcare workplace. We handle any and all complex cases of workers’ compensation for healthcare workers in all five NYC boroughs and LI. Our attorneys and paralegals assist you in the process, and help you get the compensation you deserve when you’re injured in the workplace.

File Healthcare Accident Workers' Compensation Claim

File a healthcare accident workers’ compensation claim with us now! By hiring us, we’ll help advocate for your rights and to:

  1. Assess your claim
  2. Help navigate you through the claims process
  3. File your claim on time 
  4. Handle an appeal in case of denial
  5. Negotiate to maximize your compensation

Each case is different! Submit us a message using our contact form or call us at 718-362-3180 for a free legal consultation to discuss your case.

Workers' Compensation for Healthcare Workers in New York and Long Island

Who Do We Represent in a Healthcare Workplace Accident?

In New York City, various healthcare workers are typically covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance in the event of workplace accidents. The specific list of healthcare workers covered can vary depending on the circumstances and nature of their employment. However, the following healthcare professionals are a brief overview of who can be represented by the Law Offices of Edmond J. Hakimian and are often eligible for Workers’ Compensation:

Doctors & Surgeons

These include individuals in general practice, surgery, pediatrics, and internal medicine in New York City hospitals and clinics


Workers assisting medication, medical procedures, and monitoring patients such as RNs, LPNs, and other nursing positions

Medical Technicians

Technicians involved in laboratory testing, sample analysis and other clinical testings in New York City labs

Physician Assistants

Assistants that help with patient examinations, prescribing medicine, order tests and other treatments in various NYC settings


Workers dispensing medication to patients and providing drug information to healthcare professionals in pharmacies and drug stores

Physical Therapists

Therapists providing exercise activities, manual therapy and other interventions to improve patient mobility

Occupational Therapists

This category includes assisting patients with daily tasks and activities, especially after an injury in NYC hospitals and recreational settings

Home Health Aides

These aides provide personal care through of assistance of daily activities and offer companionship to the ill and aging in their homes

NYC Healthcare Worker Accidents

As bustling and beautiful New York City is, it also has its fair share of unexpected injuries. With it being so condensed and busy, many people come in and out of clinics and hospitals, making it harder to stay careful and focused, resulting in random accidents. Furthermore, these healthcare workers work long hours tiring themselves out. This can result in healthcare site accidents such as:

Slips, Trips, Falls

These are accidents that occur when a worker slips, trips, or falls while on the job, such as on icy surfaces, wet floors, or uneven terrain.

Cuts and Contusions

These injuries can result from impact with objects, machine components, or sharp falling items during an accident.

Fires and Explosions

Many machines are plugged into outlets that may overload thus causing a possible fire or explosion

Equipment and Machine Accidents

Occurs when a worker uses machinery that starts to malfunction resulting in the equipment losing control and can hurt the worker

Exposure to Harmful Substances

Many chemicals and substances are used by healthcare workers that are accidentally inhaled or ingested causing internal harm

Exposure to Illnesses and Infections

With many healthcare workers being exposed to sick patients, they can catch these illnesses and infections

Common Causes of Healthcare Worker Accidents in NYC

Prevention is key in making sure you’re safe. In a field like the healthcare industry, you are susceptible to injuries from sharp objects, and burns/poisons from substances. All of these common accidents can result in serious injuries that can cause lifelong stress if not prevented:

Lack of Proper Uniform Equipment such as Masks and Gloves

Prevention is key with high quality equipment and medical grade products able to prevent transmissions and illnesses

Mishandling of Equipment and Machinery

Not being prepared or trained for certain machinery is easily preventable with proper manuals and training

Slipping or Falling from Lack of Floor Signage

Healthcare workers are busy handling patient info and objects, thus overseeing any liquids on the floor without signages

Lifting People, Wheelchairs, etc. More than You Can

Too much exertion from the body may cause more harm if one overestimates their own physical power

Harm from Psychiatric Patients

These patients may lash out unexpectedly thus causing harm to these workers and everyone around them

Serious Healthcare Injuries That Can Happen

With no safety equipment or precautions taken at the workplace, serious injuries can arise. And these can happen in an instant! So whether your workplace injury is minor or more severe, your injuries are qualified for benefits when it happens. Some of these injuries include:

Large Cuts and Burns

Sharp scalpels, needles, hot surfaces, are some areas in the workplace that can cause cut and burn injuries

Stress Injuries like Head and Back

Occurs when one lifts a patient or heavy objects that stresses the head and back too much causing injury to the brain and spine

Internal Injury from Toxins and Chemicals

Exposure to certain chemicals and substances may be inhaled or ingested which can damage internal organs

Lifelong Infectious Diseases

Certain infectious diseases may be spread through inhalation or close contact with a person that results in transmission to the worker

Harm from Psychiatric Patients

Injuries from psychiatric patients may include cuts, burns, and trauma from physical force due to patient


Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Healthcare Workers

If you are a nurse, doctor, EMT, or healthcare worker and got injured in a hospital or healthcare facility at some point during work, you are legally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In New York State, all employers are legally obligated to have workers’ compensation insurance which has your back covered in case of a healthcare accident. These benefits may include, but are not limited to the following:

Medical Care

Workers are covered with medical treatment/care and reimbursed for medical expenses including doctor visits, testing, prescription, surgery, and more.

Lost Wage Reimbursement

Workers temporarily unable to go back to work are able to receive reimbursements for lost wages. These cash payments are usually 2/3 of their average weekly wages or maximum approved payment.

Permanent Disability Benefits

Also called Scheduled Loss of Use (SLU), these are cash benefits paid to workers who have suffered permanent injuries and are unable to return back to work.

Vocational Rehabilitation

If the injury has caused the worker to not be able to return back to their previous job field, vocational rehabilitation allows them to receive employment through training benefits and job placement.

Death Benefits for Family Members

If a worker suffers a fatal injury resulting in death, surviving family members are able to receive to receive death benefits and payments for funeral expenses.

Regardless if you were totally to blame for the accident, workers’ compensation in NYC is a no-fault system. No party is to blame, which means you can get workers’ compensation benefits after a healthcare workplace accident.

How a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help You

When filing a claim, it can be very stressful with all the documentations and evidence needed. With a Workers’ Compensation attorney, we can help navigate you through the process of the claim and assess your compensation! 

Furthermore, our attorneys have knowledge of the laws of NYS surrounding healthcare worker accidents. By having an attorney, it makes it easier to investigate the case, and give you a much better success rate of winning! 

Don’t wait to talk to a lawyer! If you were hurt on the job, call us at The Law Offices of Edmond J. Hakimian. Our experienced healthcare workplace accident lawyers in NYC are ready to help you get the fair compensation you deserve!

We handle all complex cases, get a free case review/consultation. And you pay no fees until you win your case! Call our office today or use our contact form and let us help you get justice!

Queens-based NYC Workers’ Compensation Attorney Edmond Hakimian

Edmond J. Hakimian, Esq.

Workers’ Compensation Attorney
in New York City & Long Island

The Law Offices of Edmond J. Hakimian PC. represents knowledge and years of experience advocating for our New York City and Long Island clients in the area of workers’ compensation, work injury compensation, personal injury compensation, social security disability, as well as legal protection for uninsured employers.

Call now and get a free healthcare worker accident legal consultation and case evaluation. Pay nothing unless your case is won!

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