Who Are the Best Construction Accident Lawyers in New York?

Construction sites are notoriously dangerous, with a high risk of severe to catastrophic injuries. New York has several important laws that address construction site accidents, such as the scaffold law. These laws could allow you to bring a fault-based claim against multiple parties in addition to seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Because of this, finding the right lawyer for your case is crucial. However, finding the best construction site accident lawyers in New York can be challenging if you don’t have a personal referral. 

I’m Anthony Ferrante, a New York personal injury attorney. I want this post to be a helpful resource for people who need to hire a construction accident lawyer but may not know anyone. Below are our picks for some of the best New York construction accident lawyers. If you need legal advice following a construction accident, your case will be in capable hands with any of the firms listed below. 

6 of the Best Construction Site Accident Lawyers in New York 

Jeffrey Koenig – Ferrante & Koenig

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Jeffrey Koenig is my partner at Ferrante & Koenig. I would strongly endorse him even if he wasn’t my law partner. He is well-known for his aggressive approach to litigation and dedication to achieving the best possible outcomes for his clients. With a wealth of experience in handling complex construction accident cases, Jeffrey Koenig has rightfully earned his place on our list.

Jeffrey has secured numerous favorable verdicts and settlements for construction accident victims. One of the most notable is from 2008 when he second-seated a U.S. District Court trial. The jury returned a verdict of over $44 million, the largest construction site/labor law injury verdict reported in New York. It was also the 47th-highest overall verdict across the country that year. 

David Perecman – The Perecman Firm

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David Perecman is The Perecman Firm’s founder and has represented injured construction workers for over 40 years. He is a highly respected attorney in personal injury law and has been consistently recognized for his multi-million-dollar verdicts.

These verdicts and settlements include $15,208,168 for a metal sheet worker who sustained injuries after a ladder kicked out from under him, resulting in an 8-foot fall; a $12 million settlement for a union driver who fell from a truck; and a $10 million verdict for a laborer who fell from a suspended scaffold. 

Howard Hershenhorn – Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf

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Howard Hershenhorn is a partner at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf. He has an impressive track record of obtaining substantial settlements and verdicts for clients injured in construction accidents. He’s received countless accolades, including being listed as one of the best personal injury lawyers in New York City by Forbes Advisor in 2023. 

The firm has achieved multiple landmark settlements and verdicts. Examples include a $16 million settlement for an asbestos handler who fell 23 feet from a scaffold during demolition and a $12.5 million jury verdict for a parking garage employee’s wife after her husband was killed by a man lift. 

Daniel O’Toole – Block O’Toole & Murphy

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Daniel O’Toole is a partner at Block O’Toole & Murphy, a law firm with a strong reputation for representing construction accident victims in New York City. O’Toole is well-regarded for his tenacity, legal expertise, and client commitment. He’s personally recovered over $850 million for his clients, serving as the lead trial lawyer or co-lead counsel on multiple record-setting cases. 

Andrew L. Siegel – Siegel & Coonerty

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Andrew L. Siegel is a partner at Siegel & Coonerty, a boutique law firm primarily handling complex personal injury cases. Siegel is a skilled attorney who sits on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Brain Injury Association of New York State. Notable case results include an $11,965,800 jury verdict for a roof collapse resulting in a traumatic brain injury and a $6 million for a scaffolding collapse that led to a mild traumatic brain injury. 

Michael S. Lamonsoff – Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff

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Michael S. Lamonsoff is the founder and owner of the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, a firm representing construction accident victims in New York City for over two decades. He is well-known for his aggressive approach to litigation, earning the nickname “The Bull.” 

Examples of construction site verdicts include $6.5 million for a union construction worker who fell from an unsecured ladder and a $5.5 million verdict for a construction worker that suffered injuries when a wood bracing collapsed as the worker exited a ditch. 

Who Are the Best Slip-and-Fall Lawyers in New York?

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere and leave you flustered and anxiety-ridden, on top of being seriously injured. It doesn’t help when the responsible parties question the validity of the accident or your injuries. That’s why finding the best slip-and-fall lawyers in New York is crucial. However, knowing where to search can feel overwhelming unless you have a personal referral. 

I’m Anthony Ferrante, a personal injury lawyer in New York. I understand how frustrating the claims process can be, especially for victims of slip-and-fall accidents. Rather than comb through pages of online search results that might not help you narrow down potential attorneys, let this post serve as a helpful resource. We’ve worked with numerous law firms in New York and want to recommend some of the best lawyers to help you recover compensation for a slip-and-fall accident. 

Below is a list of five outstanding personal injury lawyers, each with an impressive record of success with slip-and-fall cases in New York. 

5 of the Best Slip and Fall Lawyers in New York 

Jeffrey Koenig, Ferrante & Koenig

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Jeffrey Koenig is my partner at Ferrante & Koenig. With a superb track record, Jeffrey is known for his dedication to his clients, tenacity in the courtroom, and in-depth understanding of personal injury law. His commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for his clients has earned him a place on this list. Even if he were not my law partner, I would not hesitate to recommend him when you need a slip-and-fall lawyer. 

In one case, Ferrante & Koenig secured a $1.5 million settlement for a client who suffered debilitating leg injuries after falling on a poorly shoveled sidewalk. Ferrante & Koenig also recovered $975,00 for a client who sustained shoulder, wrist, and back injuries in another icy sidewalk accident case. 

Marc S. Albert, Law Offices of Marc S. Albert

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Marc S. Albert is an accomplished personal injury attorney with vast experience and dedication to helping clients achieve fair compensation. That has made him a top choice for slip and fall victims in New York City. He has recovered multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for injured victims, including a $1.4 million resolution in a slip-and-fall accident.

Howard Raphaelson, Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm

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Howard Raphaelson is a dedicated personal injury attorney with a reputation for aggressively representing slip-and-fall victims in New York City. His extensive experience and commitment to obtaining the best possible outcome for his clients have earned him a place among the city’s top slip-and-fall lawyers.

Howard Raphaelson’s firm has consistently achieved impressive results for its clients. They have recovered significant verdicts and settlements in slip-and-fall cases, including a $1.75 million settlement for a worker who fell and sustained a brain injury and $650,000 for a shopper who fell in a pet store. 

David Perecman, The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.

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David Perecman is the founder of The Perecman Firm and a highly experienced and skilled personal injury attorney. He has an unwavering dedication to his clients and a passion for securing fair compensation, especially in slip-and-fall cases. 

David Perecman has an impressive history of successful slip-and-fall case outcomes. In one case, he secured a $1.85 million settlement for a client who suffered a severe wheelchair accident due to a pothole at an apartment complex. 

Daniel P. O’Toole, Block O’Toole & Murphy

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Daniel P. O’Toole is a highly respected personal injury attorney representing victims of New York slip and falls. His in-depth knowledge of personal injury law and commitment to his clients has made him a top advocate for slip-an-fall victims in New York City.

One of his record-setting cases involved a $110 million verdict for a cyclist. This victim is now paralyzed from a falling railroad tie accident. Workers on a track replacement project left a 12-foot gap in the barricades for debris to fall. However, no one warned the victim until it was too late. This verdict is potentially the largest non-medical malpractice verdict in New York history.

I Got Fired After Being Injured At Work—Now What?

Suffering a work injury that may require you to miss work is overwhelming and anxious enough. If you are injured at work and then fired because of it, it will only compound your anxiety, stress, and fear of what is to come. Employees have a right to file a workers’ compensation claim if they suffer a work-related injury or illness, and they should not have to fear being fired for filing a claim. New York law recognizes this and addresses workers’ compensation claims and wrongful termination. 

If you were recently involved in a work accident and injured, you are probably wondering, Can I be fired if I file a workers’ comp claim? The simple answer is no. Under New York Law, you cannot legally lose your job in retaliation for filing for workers’ comp benefits.

New York Workers’ Compensation Law

Under New York law, all employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance to compensate employees for injuries sustained during employment. Workers’ comp insurance covers the cost of medical treatment, supplements lost wages, and reimburse rehabilitation costs. Notably, if you are an independent contractor, you likely do not qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. 

At-Will Employment 

Like many other states, New York is an “at-will employment” state, meaning an employer can terminate an employee at any time, for any reason, unless they discriminate or illegally retaliate against their employee. It also means an employee can quit or voluntarily leave for any reason. Most employment is considered at-will employment unless you have an employment contract stating otherwise. 

There are provisions in the New York State workers’ compensation regulations and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that address when an employee’s termination is not justified following a work accident.

What Is Retaliatory Discharge?

The retaliatory discharge definition is broad and can encompass many situations. It refers to when an employer terminates an employee as a punishment for something other than work performance—usually for exercising a legally protected right. 

In other words, if your boss fires you because you filed a workers’ comp claim, this is unlawful and is considered a wrongful discharge. In fact, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, retaliation is one of the most frequently alleged bases of discrimination by employers. 

New York law, like most states, makes it clear that employers cannot fire a worker solely because they filed a claim for workers’ comp benefits. However, this, unfortunately, does not stop some employers from doing just that. 

What If I Was Discharged for Another Reason?

Employers often try to justify their actions by claiming there is another legitimate reason for letting their employee go. Not all employers are bad apples, and there are lawful reasons an employer can fire an employee after the employee files for workers’ compensation benefits.

Examples of valid reasons for termination may include:

  • Committing a crime,
  • Misconduct in the place of business,
  • Poor job performance,
  • Insubordination,
  • Multiple unexcused absences,
  • Lack of available work,
  • Economic downturn, and
  • Profit loss.

It can be challenging to prove your termination was unlawful when your employer cites a valid business reason. 

However, you still have the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits. Being let go as part of a reduction in force or for a legitimate performance-based reason does not generally affect your right to workers’ compensation benefits. The same is true if you quit your job after suffering a workplace injury. If you were injured on the job, you can file for benefits even if you stop working for that employer after your injury.

I Had to Miss Work Because of My Work Injury and Was Let Go: Was My Termination Illegal?

If you are unable to work following an on-the-job accident, you are covered by the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). That means your employer cannot fire you within twelve weeks of your injury based on your inability to work. If you still cannot return to work after that time, your employer may be able to terminate your employment. However, if you can work with accommodations, you may have additional protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

If you are able to return to work and your employer fires you anyway, you can seek to hold them accountable by filing a discrimination claim. Examples of when being fired after a work accident are not justified include if an employee:

  • Reports a work accident,
  • Files a workers’ compensation claim,
  • Hires an attorney,
  • Seeks medical treatment,
  • Misses work to seek medical treatment,
  • Does not perform tasks above their physician-ordered work restrictions, or
  • Takes leave per the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Being let go for any of these reasons may be unlawful and discriminatory. The best way to determine if you were terminated unlawfully for filing a workers’ comp claim or taking FMLA leave is to speak with a knowledgeable work injury attorney. 

New York Retaliatory Discharge Claim

There are several ways in which an employer can take retaliatory action against an injured worker other than firing them. An employer could demote employees, cut their hours, fail to promote them, prevent them from seeking medical treatment, or verbally threaten to fire them. 

Injured at Work and then Fired?

Proving a retaliatory discharge claim is not as simple as it may seem because there usually isn’t “smoking gun” evidence that your employer acted unlawfully. Chances are your employer will not spell out in writing, “I am firing you because you filed a workers’ comp claim.” Instead, they will provide other reasons, likely not even in writing. This means to prove your claim, you will need to gather evidence that cumulatively shows employer misconduct. Examples of this evidence may include:

  • Communication and correspondence (e.g., emails, text messages, and memos),
  • Phone conversations and voicemails,
  • Witness statements, and
  • A pattern of employer behavior (e.g., previous employee testimony that they were also fired or demoted for filing a workers’ comp claim).

One of these pieces of evidence alone may not be enough to prove your claim. Still, multiple pieces of circumstantial evidence can lead to a strong case for retaliatory dismissal. 

An experienced attorney can help you investigate your claim, gather evidence, and formulate a strategy to hold your former employer responsible. 

New York Work Injury Lawyers

At Ferrante & Koenig, we have helped hundreds of people get back on track after suffering work injuries and wrongful termination. If you are injured at work and then fired, we understand this may be a financially difficult time in your life, and we always offer free consultations. Meet with one of our experienced lawyers for a no-cost case review. You should be focusing on your recovery. Call us today, and let us handle the rest.

Who Are the Best Auto Accident Lawyers in New York?

When faced with the aftermath of a car accident, having an experienced New York auto accident lawyer by your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Choosing the right lawyer for your case is one of the most important decisions you’ll make following a car accident. But how do you find the best auto accident lawyers in New York?

Most people would agree that a personal referral is an ideal way to go. However, not everyone knows someone who has hired a personal injury lawyer in the past. 

I’m Anthony Ferrante, a New York auto accident attorney and founding partner at Ferrante & Koenig, PLLC. I’ve created this post to help people who need to hire an auto accident lawyer but don’t know where to start. Below, please find a list of some of the best auto accident lawyers in New York. 

If you suffered injuries in a New York auto accident, your case will be in good hands with any of the lawyers listed here. 

5 of the Best NYC Car Accident Lawyers 

Jeffrey Koenig – Ferrante & Koenig

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Jeffrey Koenig is my partner at Ferrante & Koenig, PLLC. Even if he were not my partner, I’d recommend him to anyone needing a personal injury lawyer. He’s one of the best auto accident lawyers I know. Jeffrey has spent nearly two decades exclusively representing injured victims at two sizeable personal injury law firms. 

His trial record of success speaks for itself. He’s recovered millions of dollars for his clients. 

David H. Perecman – The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.

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David H. Perecman founded The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. in 1983. He has a team of accomplished attorneys who excel in different aspects of personal injury law, including complex auto accident cases. Their reputation for aggressive advocacy and dedication to getting justice have earned them countless five-star reviews from previous clients. 

His firm has recovered more than half a billion dollars in settlements and jury verdicts, including some auto accident cases. Examples include a $2,125,000 settlement for a bus driver who sustained injuries when a vehicle tried to pass on the left; and a $1,250,000 settlement at mediation for an auto accident where the defendant made an unsafe lane change into the plaintiff. 

Allen L. Rothenberg – The Rothenberg Law Firm

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Allen L. Rothenberg is the founder of The Rothenberg Law Firm has a long history of securing impressive jury awards and settlements for injured victims in auto accidents. He’s been involved in several high-profile cases before state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

His firm has successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of clients. Some notable cases include a $6.9 million resolution for an eye injury in an auto accident caused by icy conditions and $2.5 million for a pedestrian who needed a knee replacement after being struck by a police car. 

Andrew Levine – Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm 

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Andrew Levine is the co-founder of Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm. For three decades, his firm has provided top-notch personal injury representation to New York residents, demonstrating proficiency in complex auto accident cases. 

His firm has achieved multiple seven-figure settlements and trial verdicts for New York auto accidents, including a $2.8 million trial verdict in a rear-end case where two sisters suffered severe injuries and a $2.2 million settlement for a victim struck head-on by a reckless driver. 

Ben B. Rubinowitz – Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf

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Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf have represented injured New Yorkers for over 100 years. Ben and his team recovered some impressive awards, including the largest verdict in New York State and the 25th-largest judgment in the country in 2018. This case involved a pedestrian who sustained catastrophic injuries after being struck by a double-decker bus in Manhattan, New York. 

Other settlements of note include a $71 million verdict for a fractured lumbar spine in an accident and an $8 million settlement for a mother whose 4-year-old child was killed by a drunk driver.

On the Job Car Accident—What to Do Next

On-the-job car accidents are more common than you might think, mainly if the nature of your job entails driving. Employees involved in car and truck accidents that happen in the course of work can be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The facts and circumstances surrounding the car accident will dictate whether you qualify for workers’ compensation or may have other means of recovering compensation. 

A car accident while working, whether in a company vehicle or in your vehicle, can give rise to many issues, multiple concerns, and several claims. Work-related car accidents can be complex and involve individuals and entities with varying degrees of fault. These cases can get complicated quickly and require an experienced attorney knowledgeable in many aspects of the law. If you are wondering how to file a workers’ compensation claim or a civil lawsuit, contact our team at Ferrante & Koenig. 

Who Is Responsible for an Accident on the Job?

Respondeat superior is a legal term that means an employer or principal is liable for the wrong of an employee or agent if it was committed within the scope of employment. Simply, this means your employer may be liable to you and third parties due to a car crash while you are working.

In many situations, an on-the-job car accident would likely qualify for workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp typically applies in your car or a company vehicle as long as you carry out work duties. 

Some common examples of on-the-job car accidents covered by workers comp’ include:

  • Running an errand for the company or your boss,
  • Commuting to an off-site job,
  • Transporting co-workers for work purposes,
  • Making a delivery for your employer, and
  • Travel in which your employer reimburses you for mileage, gas, etc. 

In addition to providing workers’ compensation, your employer typically indemnifies or protects you individually from legal fees if you injure someone else. That person files a personal injury claim against your employer’s insurance. 

What Would Disqualify Me from Workers’ Compensation Benefits? 

Just as common scenarios may qualify you for workers’ comp, many situations may disqualify you for benefits. 

Criminal Activity

Any criminal activity while on the clock and using a company vehicle will disqualify you from receiving benefits. This includes drunk driving, driving under the influence of drugs, engaging in prostitution, or going to commit a robbery.

Traffic Infractions

If an employee is driving recklessly or committing traffic violations, they may be at fault for the accident and not qualify for work benefits. Examples include falling asleep while driving, texting while driving, failing to obey traffic signals, careless driving, and more. 

Commuting to and from Work

Unlike car wrecks while you are on the clock, car wrecks during your commute to and from work typically aren’t covered by workers’ comp. You are not considered officially on company time because your shift has not started or has already ended.

Independent Contractor

If self-employed, you generally do not qualify for workers’ comp. 

Activity Not Authorized by Your Employer

Activities not explicitly a part of your job description can be more of a gray area. If you act outside your job duties, you might not be eligible for workers’ comp. For instance, if you are supposed to courier documents from office A to office B but stop at the mall in between without permission from your employer, you may find yourself fighting for workers’ compensation benefits. 

Can I File a Civil Lawsuit Against the Other Driver for an Accident on the Job?

Whether or not you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit against the negligent driver. If the other driver was negligent and caused the accident, you may have a civil claim against them. Filing a lawsuit against the negligent driver can be appropriate in certain situations, especially if you have ongoing and long-term pain, lost wages, and other negative consequences from the accident. 

Worker’s compensation covers only medical bills and a portion of lost wages and medical bills. It does not cover pain and suffering or other non-economic damages. A lawsuit against a negligent driver can help you recover these damages.  

Third-Party Complaint

You may also have a viable third-party complaint. Suppose the cause of the accident was a vehicle defect such as faulty brakes or a malfunctioning engine. In that case, you may have a claim against a third party, including the vehicle or parts manufacturer. 

What If Both Drivers Are Partially at Fault?

Under New York’s comparative negligence statute, all parties involved in a work-related motor vehicle accident can seek compensation according to their liability. The statute also extends to liable employers. Simply put, both parties at fault for an accident can sue the other party. However, the amount of compensation each party receives will depend on the level of their contribution to the accident.

Example Scenario

If Driver A was texting while driving and ran through a red light and Driver B was speeding, and they collided in an intersection, both drivers may be at fault for the accident. If Driver A was driving a company car, their employer might be held vicariously liable for Driver B’s injuries.

New York City Taxi & Rideshare 

New York, particularly New York City, is unique due to the prevalence of taxis and rideshare vehicles. Under New York law, employers must carry workers’ comp insurance, and employees are generally entitled to benefits. Workers’ comp insurance covers employees, not independent contractors. In NYC, many taxi and rideshare drivers are independent contractors and, therefore, not typically entitled to workers’ comp benefits. 

New York Work Injury Lawyers

At Ferrante & Koenig, we understand the minutes, hours, and days following an on-the-job car accident can be filled with fear and anxiety, so we provide each client with open communication and personalized attention. If you are unsure whether you may have a workers’ compensation claim, a civil claim for damages, or both, don’t fret. Contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We will assess all options available to you.

How Long Do Slip and Fall Cases Take to Settle?

If you’ve had the misfortune of slipping and falling somewhere in New York, you could have the right to pursue a personal injury claim. Understandably, you might wonder what the slip-and-fall settlement timeline looks like in New York. Unfortunately, there is no set timeline for when your case will resolve. That’s because every claim is different. A complex slip and fall might take significantly longer than one involving minor injuries.

If you have questions about your specific slip-and-fall case, please get in touch with the skilled New York premises liability attorneys at Ferrante & Koenig, PLLC. In the meantime, read on to learn more about resolving a slip and fall case in New York.

Factors That Can Impact Your Slip and Fall Settlement Timeline

Several factors can impact how long it takes to resolve your case. Some of these include injury severity, length of treatment, whether you have pre-existing injuries, and disputes with the insurance company.

Injury Severity and Length of Treatment

The more severe your injuries are in a slip and fall, the longer you might be treated. That’s important because your attorney won’t want to send a demand to the insurance company until they know your prognosis and the full extent of your damages. The timeline for this is very individualized. You might treat with a doctor for six months, while someone with a similar injury requires one year of treatment.

Settling too early is risky. Understandably, you want to resolve your case quickly since you likely have medical bills and other expenses. However, you might not receive the total compensation you deserve if you settle too early. Perhaps six months into your treatment, the doctor will say you need additional surgery. If you have already resolved your case and signed a release, you cannot contact the insurance company to ask for more money, even though the worsening injury stems from this slip and fall.

Pre-Existing Injuries

If you have pre-existing conditions or injuries, the insurance company will try to use those to its advantage. The claims adjuster will undoubtedly assert that your prior injury caused this or that your condition didn’t worsen in the accident. It might be necessary to hire an expert to prepare a report and testify about what is attributable to your prior injury and what is caused by the slip and fall.

Liability Disputes

Liability disputes are widespread in slip-and-fall cases. The insurance company will argue that the property owner or lessee is not responsible for your injuries. They might claim the dangerous condition wasn’t a hazard, you caused your own injuries, or that you faked the accident. Unfortunately, fraudulent slip and falls happen all the time, which is why insurance companies are skeptical about every claim.

It might be necessary to hire an industry expert to discuss the mechanics of your injury and whether your injuries are consistent with a fall. Your attorney will want to track down any available camera footage and build a solid case against the property owner and other responsible parties.


If your attorney cannot resolve your slip and fall through settlement negotiations, it might be necessary to file a lawsuit. Even if negotiations are ongoing, you might need to file a lawsuit if the statute of limitations deadline is nearing. In New York, you typically have three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. However, some circumstances can alter that filing date—it could be longer or, if your claim involves a government entity, significantly shorter.

How to Reduce the Potential Timeline for Resolution

Working on your claim starts immediately after the accident. You should report the incident in a timely manner and start medical treatment right away. The property owner’s insurance company will scrutinize any delay in treatment.

One of the best ways to streamline a slip-and-fall case is to hire an experienced New York premises liability lawyer. You need someone who understands the claims process and will do everything possible to build a solid case.

Should your case proceed to litigation, your attorney will help further streamline the process. There are very specific rules and guidelines that you must follow when filing a complaint. Since you’re unfamiliar with litigation rules, you could inadvertently cause delays should you file something incorrectly or miss a deadline.

Contact a New York Slip and Fall Lawyer

If you have concerns about the slip-and-fall settlement timeline in New York, please speak with attorney Anthony A. Ferrante at Ferrante & Koenig, PLLC. Anthony knows how to build a premises liability case successfully. He has nearly two decades of experience helping injured victims get the compensation they deserve.

When you’ve suffered slipped and fall injuries, contact Ferrante & Koenig, PLLC to schedule a consultation. Let us review your case and help you determine the potential settlement timeline in your slip and fall.

Who Are the Best Work Injury Lawyers in NY?

There are hundreds of work injury lawyers in New York, but not all practice at the highest degree of excellence and care. If you or a loved one suffered a work injury, you undoubtedly feel overwhelmed, scared, and unsure of what to do next. If you are contemplating filing a workers’ compensation claim or a civil lawsuit for damages, your first step is probably a Google search for the best work injury lawyers in N.Y. However, it is essential to remember that many of the names that pop up are “pay-to-play” results. This means that those lawyers or firms pay for high ratings and rankings. 

Short of personal recommendations, finding the best attorney for you can take time and effort. Speaking with at least two or three attorneys is always recommended to ensure you find the right fit. Here’s a list of our four recommendations for the best work injury lawyers in N.Y. You might wonder, Why would they recommend another lawyer or law firm? And the answer is simple, hiring an attorney is a personal choice. Always trust your gut. 

Anthony A. Ferrante

Anthony A. Ferrante, one of our founding partners of Ferrante & Koenig, PLLC, is a New York City-based attorney dedicated to seeking justice for those injured due to someone else’s negligence. 

Anthony focuses his practice on personal and work injury matters, including complex construction site accidents, premise liability claims, motor vehicle accidents, and claims arising through the negligence of the City of New York, the New York City Transit Authority, the New York City Housing Authority, and other municipal entities.

He is an active member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the New York State Bar Association. For six consecutive years, Anthony was named a Rising Star in New York Super Lawyers and has now been selected a New York Super Lawyer, a designation only given to 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state. It is a prestigious and well-respected honor. 

Anthony earned his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 2006. He graduated with honors, was a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, and received the CALI Excellence for the Future award in Legal Writing. Before entering law school, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University, Rose Hill, in 2001.

Anthony has had great success recovering millions of dollars on behalf of his clients through settlement negotiations, jury verdicts, arbitrations, and mediations. He has worked tirelessly to see his clients recover the compensation they deserve.

Anthony uses his personal and work injury lawyer experience to look at all avenues of possible recovery for his clients. One such settlement that sticks out to Anthony was for a young electrician who fell from a ladder in a New York City high-rise. His client suffered significant neck injuries and was diagnosed with a chronic pain condition requiring pain management for the rest of his life. Anthony was able to negotiate an $825,000 settlement on his behalf.

Workplace accident injuries can be complex, and knowing whether your claim falls exclusively in the division of workers’ comp or civil court—or both—takes an experienced attorney. 

David Schleider

David Schleider, a partner at Shulman & Hill, is a Manhattan native who attended New York City public schools before graduating magna cum laude from Boston University with a degree in political science and later his Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law. Since his admission to the New York Bar in 2016, David has earned the respect of his colleagues and adversaries because of his significant command of the law and hard work. 

At Shulman & Hill, he specializes in workers’ compensation litigation representing thousands of injured New York workers in attaining timely medical treatment and maximizing compensation benefits.

Madison Katz

Madison Katz of Terry Katz & Associates, P.C., offers unique insight into workers’ compensation claims. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra Law School.

Before law school, she worked as a file clerk learning the basics of the claims process, managing claimant’s files, and requesting records and evidence as needed. During her law school career, she worked as a legal intern and gained significant experience in legal research and assisting attorneys in every aspect of their work. Before graduating from law school, she had already earned extensive on-the-ground experience. 

Madison is an associate concentrating exclusively on workers’ compensation, where she handles all aspects of workers’ compensation cases. Madison is a passionate and zealous advocate for injured workers with extensive experience. She has appeared before workers’ compensation law judges at boards throughout the state.

Victor Pasternack

Victor Pasternack is the managing partner of Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP. Victor has over four decades of worker compensation law experience and is well-known and well-respected in the legal community.

He is a founding member of the Injured Workers’ Bar Association, has chaired the Workers’ Compensation Committee of the Brooklyn Bar Association, and has also served as the New York State Captain for Workers’ Compensation for the American Association for Justice. His knowledge and experience are almost unmatched. He dedicated endless time to advocacy for injured workers’ rights, lectured before students and other lawyers, and conducted workshops for labor unions and their members.

If you want to learn more about what questions to ask during an initial consultation with one of the best work injury lawyers in N.Y., contact our team at Ferrante & Koenig today.

I Was Injured at Work. Can I Sue?

Suppose you are at work, trip on uneven tiles, and break your arm. You might be wondering, I was injured at work. Can I sue? How you might receive compensation for your injury is a valid concern. After an injury, it is common to feel anxious, overwhelmed, and have an automatic response to sue. However, if your injury occurred at work, it is not simple. Let’s explore what situations you may be able to sue your employer after a work injury. We’ll also touch on workers’ compensation benefits under New York Law. 

New York Law

New York law requires all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance to compensate employees for sustained injuries. Workers’ comp insurance covers the cost of medical treatment, provides lost wages, and pays for rehabilitation costs. Generally, employees injured in a work-related accident are limited to filing a workers’ compensation claim and cannot sue their employer in a personal injury lawsuit. However, there are exceptions.

Intentional Acts

If an employer intentionally caused your injury, they may be held personally liable for your damages. Proving their intent is the key to successfully suing an employer for their actions. This is often challenging and complex. If your injury results from your employer’s deliberate behavior, it is best to speak with an experienced attorney to discuss your options. 

Uninsured or Underinsured Employer

In New York, as in most states, employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance. However, some may carry insufficient coverage or none at all. If this is the case, and you are injured while working, you may be able to sue your employer in a civil lawsuit.

Third-Party Complaint

Sometimes the reason for an employee’s work injury is not the employer’s fault. Instead, it is an outside party responsible for the cause of the accident. If a third party is at fault, you may be able to pursue a third-party claim or lawsuit against them outside of a workers’ compensation claim. There are many examples of third-party liability. Common situations include:

  • Accidents caused by a defective product (e.g., defective brakes),
  • Injury from a slip-and-fall on someone else’s property,
  • Injury from a car accident caused by another driver, and
  • A subcontractor or vendor causes accidents.

A third party—not your employer—may be liable for your injuries in these scenarios. An experienced attorney can help you assess your situation for potential liability.

What Is the Process for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in NY?

If you are hurt at work, knowing what steps to take to file a workers’ compensation claim successfully is essential.

Medical Attention

First and foremost, immediately seek the necessary medical treatment. Many injuries are immediately apparent, but some develop over time or are not realized until the initial shock subsides. It is imperative to seek medical attention right away.

Notify Your Employer 

You must notify your employer of your injury within 30 days. But don’t wait. It is best to inform them as soon as possible.

File a Claim 

After you notify your employer of your injury, you must file a claim with the New York State Board of Workers’ Compensation. You are required to complete a specific form known as Form C-3. As with notifying your employer, filing a claim immediately or soon after the incident is critical. You only have two years from the accident date to file your claim.

Preliminary Medical Report

Your treating doctor will complete a preliminary medical report, Form C-4, within 48 hours of your injury. You must mail a copy of the information to the workers’ comp board and your employer’s insurance carrier.

Written Statement of Your Rights

The insurance carrier will provide you with a written statement of your rights under the law within 14 days of receiving your injury report.

When Will I Start Receiving Benefits?

You should start receiving compensation within 18 days of receiving your injury report unless the insurer is disputing your claim. While hiring an attorney to file a workers’ comp claim is not required, it is always recommended. An attorney will help expedite the process and ensure you receive all eligible benefits. At Ferrante & Koenig, there is no cost to speak with us. Call us to schedule a consultation.

Injured on the Job in NY—Your Next-Steps Guide

Sustaining an injury while working can be a stressful and challenging experience. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits can help those injured in the course and scope of their employment. In New York, the workers’ compensation system is designed to protect workers and ensure they receive the benefits they deserve. If you were injured on the job in New York, this guide will provide step-by-step instructions and tips for filing your claim.

Introduction to New York Workers’ Compensation Benefits

In New York, workers’ compensation benefits provide financial support and medical care to employees who have suffered work-related injuries or illnesses. The main benefits offered under the workers’ compensation system include the following:

  • Medical care. Workers’ compensation can cover all related and necessary medical treatment for your work injury. Benefits can include reimbursement for doctor visits, surgeries, medications, and physical therapy.
  • Lost wages. If you cannot work due to a work-related injury, you may be eligible for temporary disability benefits. Temporary disability benefits can replace a portion of your lost wages.
  • Permanent disability benefits. If your work-related injury results in a permanent injury, you could be eligible for permanent disability benefits.
  • Vocational rehabilitation. If you cannot return to your previous job because of work-related injuries, workers’ compensation may cover vocational rehabilitation services to help you find new employment or train for a new occupation.
  • Death benefits. If workers die from work-related injuries, their dependents may be eligible for death benefits.

If you have questions about benefits under the workers’ compensation program, please contact a New York workers’ compensation lawyer. 

Who Is Eligible for NY Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

In New York, most employees are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of the employer’s company size or the nature of their work. This inclusion extends to full-time, part-time, and temporary workers. However, certain categories of workers may be exempt from coverage. Examples include: 

  • Independent contractors,
  • Domestic workers employed in a private home for less than 40 hours per week,
  • Volunteers and unpaid interns,
  • Sole proprietors or partners in a business, and
  • Certain religious and nonprofit workers. 

When unsure whether you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, consult a knowledgeable attorney or contact the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board for guidance.

Process of Reporting and Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in New York 

Understandably, you likely don’t know how to report and file a workers’ compensation claim. Read on to learn everything you need to know about the claims process for workers’ compensation benefits. 

Reporting Your Injury

Start by notifying your employer in writing as soon as possible. Include details about the date, time, location, and nature of your injury. New York law requires you to report your injury to your employer within 30 days. Failing to report within this timeframe could jeopardize your workers’ compensation benefits.

Next, be sure to document the incident. Keep a record of the incident and any relevant details, including witness information, photographs, and surveillance footage. This documentation may be helpful when filing your claim and providing evidence of your injury.

Seeking Medical Treatment

Seek immediate medical attention after the accident. Once you report your injury to your employer, seek medical treatment immediately. Explain to your healthcare provider that your injury is work-related, and provide them with your employer’s information.

Follow your doctor’s recommendations. It’s crucial to follow the treatment plan provided by your doctor. Failing to comply with medical advice can negatively impact your claim and may lead to a denial of benefits.

Keep records of your medical treatment. Maintain thorough records of your medical treatment, including doctor’s notes, prescriptions, medical bills, and any related expenses. These records will be essential when filing your claim and calculating your benefits.

Filing Your New York Workers’ Compensation Claim

When you’re ready to file your workers’ compensation claim, here’s a step-by-step guide. 

Step 1: Obtain and complete Form C-3. You must complete Form C-3, “Employee’s Claim for Compensation.” This form is available on the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board website, or you can request it from your employer.

Step 2: Submit Form C-3 to the Workers’ Compensation Board. Once you complete the form, mail the original to the appropriate Workers’ Compensation Board office in New York. Make sure to keep a copy for your records. You must file your claim within two years from the date of your injury, or you may lose your right to benefits.

Step 3: Notify your health care provider. Inform your healthcare provider that you have filed a workers’ compensation claim. Your health care provider must submit medical reports to the Workers’ Compensation Board and your employer’s insurance carrier to support your claim. Ensure that the doctor you’re treating with is authorized by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board to treat work-related injuries.

Attend the Independent Medical Examination (IME)

Your employer’s insurance carrier may require you to attend an independent medical examination (IME) with a doctor of their choosing. This examination will assess your injury and determine the extent of your disability. Attending this appointment is crucial, as failing to do so can result in suspending your benefits.

Be honest and accurate during the IME. You must provide accurate and truthful information about your injury and its impact on your daily life. Do not exaggerate or minimize your symptoms, as this can harm your credibility and affect your claim.

Obtain a copy of the IME report from the insurance carrier. Please review it carefully for any inaccuracies or discrepancies and address them promptly.

Receiving and Responding to the Workers’ Compensation Board Decision

Once the Workers’ Compensation Board and the insurance carrier review your claim, they will issue a decision regarding your eligibility for benefits. Reviewing the decision carefully is important so you understand the benefits you were awarded and any potential limitations. 

If you disagree with the decision or believe there are mistakes, you must address them immediately. 

Appealing the Decision

If you’re unsatisfied with the decision, you can appeal. To appeal, you must file an Application for Review (Form RB-89) within 30 days of the decision. You can find this form on the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board website. An appeal will usually result in a hearing before a Workers’ Compensation Law Judge. You will be able to present evidence and testimony to support your claim. The judge will review the case and issue a decision.

Time-Sensitive Steps 

As noted in this article, you must complete several time-sensitive steps in the workers’ compensation process to avoid jeopardizing your claim. To recap, these steps are: 

  • Reporting your injury. You must notify your employer in writing within 30 days of the incident.
  • Filing your claim. You must file Form C-3, “Employee’s Claim for Compensation,” with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board within two years from the date of your injury.
  • Attending medical appointments and IME. You must attend all scheduled medical appointments and any independent medical examination (IME) requested by the insurance carrier. 

Failing to follow all deadlines could result in a denial of workers’ compensation benefits. 

When Do You Have a Third-Party Claim in Addition to Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Sometimes, you may have a third-party claim besides your workers’ compensation benefits. A third-party claim arises when someone other than your employer or a co-worker is responsible for your injury. Examples of third-party claims include:

  • Defective products. If a defective piece of equipment or machinery caused your injuries, you might have a claim against the manufacturer or distributor of the product.
  • Motor vehicle accidents. If your work-related injury occurred in a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver, you might have a claim against the at-fault driver.
  • Premises liability. If your injury occurred on someone else’s property due to their negligence (e.g., a slip and fall at a client’s office), you might have a claim against the property owner.

Filing a third-party claim is a separate legal action from your workers’ compensation claim. This claim could allow you to recover additional fault-based damages, such as pain and suffering. Workers’ compensation does not cover these damages. It’s essential to consult with an experienced attorney if you believe you have a third-party claim to ensure you receive the total compensation you’re entitled to receive.

New York’s Special Labor Laws 

New York State has enacted special labor laws that provide additional protections for workers in the construction industry. Sections 200, 240(1), and 241(6) of the New York Labor Law outline these protections and allow injured workers to pursue third-party lawsuits in specific situations. Here’s a brief introduction to each one of these labor laws: 

  • Section 200: This section establishes a general duty for employers and property owners to provide a safe work environment for employees. If an employer or property owner fails to adhere to this requirement and an employee is injured, the worker may have grounds for a third-party claim.
  • Section 240 (Scaffolding Law): This section protects construction workers who work at elevated heights, such as on scaffolds, ladders, or other similar devices. The law imposes strict liability on property owners and contractors for injuries sustained by workers due to a fall from an elevated height or being struck by a falling object. If an injured worker can prove that their accident occurred due to a New York scaffold law violation, the worker may be entitled to bring a third-party lawsuit against the responsible party.
  • Section 241: This section requires property owners, contractors, and their agents to comply with specific safety regulations set forth by the Industrial Code when performing construction, demolition, or excavation work. If a worker is injured on the job because these regulations are violated, the worker might have a valid third-party claim against the responsible party.

These special labor laws offer additional protections to certain workers and allow injured employees to seek compensation beyond the scope of workers’ compensation benefits. If you believe your injury falls under one of these labor law provisions, consult with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the complexities of these laws and pursue any available third-party claims.

Seeking Legal Assistance

Although navigating the workers’ compensation process independently is possible, having an experienced New York workers’ compensation attorney can significantly improve your chances of success. They can help you understand your rights, gather evidence, and advocate for the benefits you deserve. If you’re struggling with your claim or facing a denial, consider consulting with a workers’ compensation attorney for guidance and support.

Tips for a Successful New York Workers’ Compensation Claim

Workers’ compensation claims can be complicated, especially ones involving third-party liability claims. Keep these tips in mind to help streamline your workers’ compensation claim: 

  • Keep organized records of all documents related to your injury, including medical reports, communications with your employer, and expenses incurred.
  • Communicate openly and honestly with your healthcare provider, employer, and the Workers’ Compensation Board.
  • Follow your doctor’s treatment plan and attend all medical appointments.

One of the best ways to streamline your case is to hire an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. A lawyer can help you identify all potential sources of recovery after a work-related injury. 

Contact Attorney Anthony A. Ferrante

Don’t risk your workers’ compensation benefits and potential third-party compensation by trying to handle your claim alone. Anthony A. Ferrante has nearly two decades of experience representing injured victims. When you need assistance after a work-related injury in New York, the legal team at Ferrante & Koenig, PLLC, stands ready to help. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can assist you. 

What’s the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury in New York?

We know that dealing with the aftermath of an injury can be stressful, and figuring out the legal aspects of it might be the last thing on your mind. However, knowing your rights and the time frame to file a lawsuit is essential. The NY statute of limitations for personal injury accidents is typically three years from the injury date. However, there are some exceptions to the rule. That’s why contacting a New York personal injury lawyer after your injury is essential—you must confirm the proper filing date to avoid jeopardizing your potential compensation. 

What Is the Statute of Limitations? 

The statute of limitations is the deadline within which you must file a lawsuit against all responsible parties. You lose your right to seek compensation for your damages if you miss this deadline. While the limitation period is usually three years, circumstances can increase or decrease your filing time. 

What Happens If You Miss the Statute of Limitations?

Courts are not very forgiving if you miss the filing deadline. The excuse that you didn’t know the correct date will not cut you any slack. Courts expect you to consult with a lawyer if you don’t know the valid date. That’s one reason why filing ahead of schedule is always good. You don’t want to wait until the last day only to find out you missed the deadline entirely. 

Exceptions to the NY Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Accidents

The three-year time frame applies to most personal injury cases in New York, including car accidents and slip and falls. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Here are a few examples of common exceptions you might encounter in a New York personal injury matter. 

Discovery Rule

In certain situations, the clock doesn’t start ticking until you discover (or should have discovered) your injury. This exception commonly applies in cases involving toxic exposure, where the harmful effects may not be immediately apparent. Other examples include medical malpractice, where you don’t immediately know something is wrong, such as a surgical instrument left inside. 

Public Entities

If you’re filing a claim against a city, county, or state government, you have a much shorter time frame to work with. You must file a notice of claim within 90 days of the incident. This deadline differs from the statute of limitations, but you cannot file a lawsuit until you meet the administrative agency rules first. For example, in New York City, you must wait 30 days after filing the notice of claim and comply with any demands. Then you have up to one year and 90 days from the accident date. 

Claims Involving Minors

When the victim is a minor, the statute of limitations doesn’t begin until their 18th birthday, and they have three years afterward. However, cases involving medical malpractice and government defendants will vary. 

Lack of Capacity

Someone who lacks mental capacity will also have the statute of limitations tolled. It typically won’t start running again until the person has mental or legal capacity. 

Wrongful Death 

If you’re filing a wrongful death claim, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the deceased person’s death, not the date of the injury. 

Why Hire a New York Personal Injury Lawyer 

Hiring a personal injury lawyer is highly recommended. Some of the most important reasons to hire a lawyer include:

  • Expertise in New York personal injury laws, 
  • Help you navigate the legal process efficiently and meet all the necessary deadlines,
  • Skilled negotiators who will handle all settlement discussions with the insurance company, and
  • No upfront costs.

In general, hiring an attorney can give you peace of mind that your case is in capable hands.

Contact a New York Personal Injury Lawyer 

If you suffered injuries due to another party’s negligence in New York, Anthony A. Ferrante stands ready to help. Knowing the NY statute of limitations for your personal injury claim is crucial. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our firm, Ferrante & Koenig, PLLC. We have nearly two decades of experience assisting injured victims throughout New York. Let us review your case, discuss the filing deadline, and help you decide how best to proceed.