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Workplace injuries are an unfortunate reality in many industries. They can range from minor injuries such as strains and sprains to more serious accidents like broken bones and disabilities. In New York, there is a system in place to ensure that employees are compensated for injuries they sustained while on the job – this system is known as Workers’ Compensation.

Timely consultation with experts in workplace injuries is necessary. Request a consultation at Physical Therapy Brooklyn, 2 locations to serve your needs.

What is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ Compensation is a system that provides monetary and medical benefits to employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their job. This can include coverage for medical expenses, lost wages, and other benefits. It is a no-fault system, which means that the employee does not need to prove that their employer was at fault for the injury or illness.

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Long-Term Problems and Illnesses?

Yes, Workers’ Compensation covers long-term problems and illnesses that are caused by an employee’s job. These can include conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back problems, and respiratory issues.

Are All Employees Covered By Workers’ Compensation?

In New York, almost all employees are covered by Workers’ Compensation. However, there are some exceptions such as independent contractors, domestic workers, and some agricultural workers.

Who Pays for Workers’ Compensation in New York?

Employers are responsible for paying for Workers’ Compensation in New York. They can do this by purchasing insurance from an insurance company, self-insuring, or joining a group self-insurance fund.

How Much Do You Get for Workers’ Compensation in New York?

The amount of benefits you receive for Workers’ Compensation in New York will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. For example, the amount of lost wages you are entitled to will be based on your average weekly wage, and the amount of medical expenses will depend on the treatment you require. In general, New York laws provide payment for up to two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wage, and also provide for medical expenses and any other costs related to the injury/ illness.

Every year on July 1, the maximum weekly benefit amount is adjusted based on the New York State Average Weekly Wage for the previous calendar year, as reported to the Superintendent of Insurance by the Commissioner of Labor on March 31. An injured worker’s benefit rate is determined by the date of injury and does not increase if new maximum benefits are adopted.

Here are some examples of workers’ compensation schedule of maximum weekly benefit, recommended by the Workers’ Compensation Board.

Date of Accident Weekly MaximumTotal / Partial
July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 $1,125.46 / $1,125.46
July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 $1,063.05 / $1,063.05
July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 $966.78 / $966.78
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 $934.11 / $934.11
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 $904.74 / $904.74
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 $870.61 / $870.61

Can Physiotherapy Help with Work-Related Injuries?

Yes, physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for many work-related injuries. Physiotherapists can help to reduce pain and inflammation, improve movement and function, and help prevent further injury. This can be done through a combination of techniques including exercise, manual therapy, and education. One of the main benefits of physiotherapy is that it addresses the underlying causes of an injury, rather than just treating the symptoms. Physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment of the injury to determine the root cause and create a personalized treatment plan to address it. For example, if the injury is caused by poor posture, the physiotherapist will work with the patient to improve posture and strengthen the muscles that support it. They will also provide education on how to maintain good posture in the workplace and prevent future injuries. 

Another benefit of physiotherapy is that it can help to speed up the healing process. Through the use of manual therapy, physiotherapists can reduce pain and inflammation and increase blood flow to the injured area. This can help to reduce the amount of time it takes for the injury to heal. Physiotherapy can help employees to return to work quickly and safely. A physiotherapist can work with an employee to create a return-to-work plan that accommodates their injury and helps them to perform their job safely.

At TriPT NY, You Are In Good Hands

We have expertise in the treatment of work-related injuries.

We are experienced with Workers’ Compensation and Non-Fault Claims.

We provide comprehensive care and a unique treatment plan.

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