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Workers' Compensation & Disability Lawyers

Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are often long and complex processes. You have enough to worry about if you recently suffered an injury or illness that is keeping you from work. Between the physical limitations, the emotional stress and the financial concerns, the last thing you need is additional problems caused by the Workers' Compensation and SSDI processes.

At Silverman, Silverman & Seligman, P.C., we have dedicated our entire legal practice to helping injured workers in construction and other industries obtain the financial compensation they need for their injuries. We know that the days and months after suffering neck or back injuries could be among the most difficult times in your life. We will answer your questions, simplify the process for you and help you get back on your feet again.

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The Benefit of Experience

Our Schenectady Workers' Compensation attorneys have decades of experience representing clients throughout the Capital District. Because of our experience and focus, we have a thorough understanding of:

  • Workers' Compensation: If you have been hurt on the job in an accident or due to repetitive motion, you are entitled to compensation. Many valid claims are denied, however, and obtaining workers' comp benefits can be challenging. We can help you.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance: Any disabling injury or illness, whether it occurred at work or not, should be covered by SSDI, but this process can be even more difficult than Workers' Compensation. We have the experience to help you get the benefits you need.

Perhaps the most important benefit of our experience is that we understand the intersection between Workers' Compensation and SSDI. If you are entitled to benefits from both programs, there are many ways to make mistakes that could limit the total amount of compensation you obtain. We have experience working with both processes to maximize our clients' benefits through settlement or litigation.

We will treat you with the respect and dignity you deserve. We will fight for the compensation you need in injury and illness, third-party and wrongful death claims.

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We serve clients in Schenectady, Troy, Albany, Queensbury, Saratoga, Amsterdam, Glens Falls, and the entire Capital District. If you have experienced a work-related injury, you can talk with one of our experienced lawyers. Call 518-631-4521 or contact us online for a free initial consultation with a New York work injury compensation attorney.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • What do I need to show to obtain Workers Compensation benefits?

    In order to obtain compensation benefits you need to document that you were an employee, that an accident occurred during the course of your employment (or you developed an "occupational disease" during the course of your employment), that you gave notice to your employer within 30 days of the accident and that you filed your claim for benefits within two years of the date of the accident. There are some exceptions to these requirements which should be discussed with your attorney in detail.
  • If the administrative law judge directs the carrier to pay my medical bills and to pay me compensation benefits, and the carriers still objects, what happens?

    If a carrier believes that there are grounds for an appeal they may file such an appeal within 30 days to the Workers Compensation board. Pending the resolution of that appeal in most instances the carrier is not required to pay medical bills or make biweekly payments to the Claimant as directed by the administrative law judge.
  • Am I required by law to have an attorney?

    No. But bear in mind that the insurance carrier is mandated by law to have an attorney or a licensed representative appear at every hearing. These attorneys and licensed representatives often have years of experience, have handled thousands of hearings and are well versed in representing the carrier's point of view. While there is no similar statute requiring the Claimant to be represented, we would highly recommend that they retain counsel. Silverman Law has decades of experience in representing Claimants.
  • The carrier argues that my condition was pre-existing. I don't think that it was but even so I never had these symptoms. What should I do?

    This question of a pre-existing asymptomatic (unnoticed) condition which is made symptomatic by a work-related accident has been decided by both the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York State and the New York State Court of Appeals.
  • Can I collect both Workers Compensation and the Social Security Disability benefits at the same time?

    Yes. If you qualify you may indeed collect both Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability benefits. While Workers Compensation is not reduced because of Social Security Disability payments, your Social Security Disability payments may indeed be reduced because of your Workers Compensation benefits.
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Silverman, Silverman & Seligman, P.C.
527 State St.
Schenectady NY 12305

Phone: 518-631-4521
Toll Free: 877-851-4319
Fax: 518-374-4338

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Silverman, Silverman & Seligman, P.C., is located in Schenectady and serves clients from Albany, Colonie, Guilderland, Cohoes, Watervliet, Glens Falls, South Glens Falls, Hudson, Troy, Queensbury, Saratoga Springs, Amsterdam, Gloversville, Johnstown, Cobleskill, Middleburgh and Menands as well as Schenectady County, Saratoga County, Albany County, Rensselaer County, Montgomery County, Fulton County, Schoharie County, Greene County, Columbia County and Warren County in upstate New York and the Capital District.