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What Injured Workers Need to Know

 What Injured Workers Need To Know

If this is the first time you have been injured on the job, you may have never had to deal with issues such as paying work-related medical bills and replacing lost wages. That inexperience can be costly. Many injured workers do not receive all the compensation they are due simply because they didn’t understand the rules.

The attorneys at O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, in Manhattan offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and explain your rights to compensation and our civil justice system.

We offer this consultation whether you decide to hire us to represent you or not. We represent injured construction workers throughout the New York City area. The following pages provide information you need to know as an injured worker:


  • Paying medical bills: Your employer or your workers’ compensation insurance carrier will pay your medical bills as long as you use an approved provider. For emergency care, go to the nearest emergency room.

  • Replacing lost wages: Workers’ compensation will pay up to two-thirds of your gross wages.

  • Your right to sue: If someone else is responsible for your injury, you may have the right to seek additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

  • Rights of undocumented workers: Undocumented workers have the same rights under our civil justice system as U.S. workers.

  • Frequently asked questions about construction accidents: This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about on-the-job injuries.

To protect your rights after an accident in the workplace, it’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Otherwise, the evidence we need to prove your case may be lost. You may also make mistakes that will be difficult to correct later.

For More Information About What Injured Workers Need To Know

Call 212-571-7100 to arrange a time to talk with one of our lawyers about your accident case. We offer home and hospital visits if you are too injured to travel.


“O’Dwyer & Bernstien has helped me in several different situations over the last 12 years that I’ve lived in NYC. They’re my go-to firm because they always obtain the results that I need and deserve. They’re also located in downtown Manhattan, which makes them very convenient. The office and people that work there are exactly what you’d expect from a top tier law firm in the world’s greatest city.”

“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“I retained O’Dwyer & Bernstien on the recommendation of a friend. I was immediately impressed by the firm’s experience and reputation in personal injury law. From the start, my ODB attorney walked me through the process, answered all my questions, explained everything clearly, kept me updated regularly and always promptly returned my telephone calls and emails. My attorney was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and diligent. My case moved through the court system quickly. As trial neared, the insurance company saw that my attorney was experienced and thoroughly prepared to try my case to verdict. As a result, the insurance company caved and settled my case for the full limits of the insurance policy. I love my ODB attorney!”

“When I was hurt on the job I had nowhere to turn for help. I had been working as an electrician’s helper, but my boss was not insured and he had no license to do electrical work. I had just had a new baby girl and Con Ed was going to shut off my lights. A friend told me to call O’Dwyer & Bernstien. They took action right away and got great money for my case. ODB helped me get my life back on track. I will always be grateful.”