Many people in New York work for government agencies. These governmental agencies can be at the local level, state-level or federal level. No matter where a person works, that person can be exposed to risks that can lead to a workplace injury. Governmental workers are not immune from workplace accidents and serious injuries.

In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many public sector employees were injured in 2014. In 2014, around 722,300 public-sector employees were injured at work. This is out of 18.3 million public-sector employees at the local, state and federal levels. This data results in a rate of five cases of injury or illness out of every 100 public workers. This rate is nearly unchanged from prior years.

Data suggests that public employees at the local level were the most likely to suffer from injuries or illnesses at work. In fact, four out of every five illnesses or injuries to public sector employees occurred at the local level.

When public sector employees are injured at work, they should understand their legal rights. If this workplace injury takes an employee away from the person’s job, the person may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can help to replace a person’s income while the person is away from work. Additionally, workers’ compensation benefits can pay for a person’s medical expenses related to a workplace accident.

Public sector employees should understand their right to workers’ compensation. They should also understand the specific legal requirements that must be fulfilled when applying for these benefits. Often, it is not as simple as people would like to believe. These benefits, while very important, can be difficult to obtain. For specific legal advice about how to obtain these benefits, individuals in New York should speak with an attorney.