Montemaggi Law - Workers Compensation Attorneys

Clients, injuries and injury prevention advice

Listed below are examples of the types of people we represent, the types of injuries and diseases frequently encountered, and some ways accidents and injuries can be avoided or lessened.

Types of clients

At Montemaggi Law we represent people from all walks of life. Whatever your job or however your disability came about, Montemaggi Law can help you if you quality for New York State Workers’ Compensation, Federal Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability or Veterans’ Disability benefits. Listed below are examples of some of the types of people we represent at Montemaggi Law.

  • Retail workers
  • State employees
  • Government employees
  • Office workers
  • Computer operators
  • Janitors
  • Custodians
  • Machine shop workers
  • Hospital workers
  • Nursing home workers
  • Assembly line workers
  • Manufacturing / Production workers
  • Construction workers
  • Truck drivers
  • Painters
  • Masons / Bricklayers
  • Electricians
  • Roofers
  • Carpenters
  • Iron workers
  • Plumbers / pipefitters
  • Professional athletes
  • Professional musicians
  • School district personnel
  • Car accident victims
  • Anyone with a disability

Professional musicians frequently develop repetitive injuries to their hands and arms. They and other workers exposed to loud noise may also develop hearing loss.


Possible causes of injury

There are many different ways that injuries can happen. In Social Security Disability and Veterans’ Disability cases, disabilities can arise from specific accidents or general medical conditions such as, mental illness or cancer. At Montemaggi Law we have represented people who have been injured in all different ways. Below are listed just some examples of ways in which injuries can happen.

  • Slip and fall
  • Fall down stairs
  • Repetitive use
  • Toxic / chemical exposures
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Lifting heavy loads
  • Stocking shelves
  • Lifting heavy patients
  • Assaults
  • Military duty, including combat
  • Car accidents
  • Keyboarding
  • Falling objects
  • Operating heavy equipment, machines or tools
  • Long-distance driving
  • Twisting or torquing activities
  • Office work
  • Assembly work
  • Loud noise

Often, plumbers and others doing similar work develop neck and back injuries from working in awkward positions.


 

Types of injury

At Montemaggi Law, we have represented people with many different types of injuries and medical conditions. In Workers’ Compensation cases, these injuries must be the result of work activity and tend to be more straightforward physical injuries, although mental stress and other more unusual conditions can be work related. In Social Security cases, all medical conditions are taken into consideration when determining if you are eligible for benefits. For Veterans, there are programs which provide benefits for disability that is connected to your service or not connected to your service. However, the program for which a veteran qualifies will impact the amount of benefits they receive. Below are examples of some conditions that may qualify someone for Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability or Veterans’ Disability benefits.

  • Mesothelioma
  • Broken bones
  • Wrist injuries
  • Foot and ankle injury
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Asthma and other breathing conditions
  • Skin conditions
  • Back or neck injuries
  • Arm and shoulder injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Lung conditions
  • Occupational diseases
  • Facial disfigurement
  • Eye injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Amputations
  • Knee injuries
  • Cancers
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Retail workers often have injuries from repetitive activities such as running a cash register, scanning items, stocking shelves and packing bags.


 

How to avoid injury

    At Montemaggi Law, we are honored to represent disabled people in need. However, we would prefer that you do your best to avoid injury. For some, many injuries are unavoidable. But, there are common sense things that everyone can do in daily life or at work to avoid injuries. Below are some suggestions on how to avoid common problems that can lead to injuries.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings and watch out for dangerous conditions.
  • Learn proper lifting techniques and ask for help when needed.
  • Make sure your workstation is ‘ergonomic’ or designed to avoid injury.
  • Wear the correct protective clothing, especially hearing, eye and head protection.
  • Be aware of your posture and the way you do things. Often, injuries can be avoided by doing something in a slightly different way.
  • If you are operating machinery, make sure that any protective guards or other devices that are supposed to be used with the machine are in place and working properly.
  • Regular exercise and a healthy diet are probably the best ways to avoid injury. Being healthy in general makes injuries much less likely.
  • Regular rest from repetitive activities, including rest away from a machine or tool with which you may be working, can avoid repetitive motion injuries. However, adequate sleep and rest in general is also extremely important. If you are tired, it is far more likely that you will suffer an injury.
  • Talk to your employer or others about safety issues you see. Make or suggest changes to improve safety where you live and work.