Queens Transportation Attorney
Workers’ Compensation for Transportation Workers in New York City
New York City is home to many of the nation’s most-used public and mass transportation systems. Transportation workers of all types, from train operators to truckers to taxi drivers, face constant risks on the job. Collisions with other vehicles, machinery accidents, equipment failures, and other related incidents put workers at a high risk of severe bodily injury, disability, and even death.
If you or someone you love was involved in an on-the-job accident or suffered a work-related injury or medical condition, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation. The state of New York requires nearly all for-profit employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance covers employees who are injured or become ill in the course of their employment. Note that public transportation workers are typically eligible for benefits through separate workers’ compensation plans overseen by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
Are All Transportation Workers Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
In New York City, almost all employees are eligible for workers’ compensation. This includes transportation workers who are classified as “employees,” rather than “independent contractors.” The law does not require employers or other agencies to provide workers’ compensation insurance for independent contractors.
Many transportation workers are classified as independent contractors. However, to actually be considered an independent contractor in the state of New York, a worker must meet all of the following requirements:
- They are primarily in business for themselves (self-employed)
- They are engaged in a form of work they provide to the public
- They are allowed to perform work free from supervision, direction, and control
Often, employers misclassify employees as independent contractors. Sometimes, this is unintentional; more often, however, employers do this to avoid providing workers with their rightful benefits. If you are a transportation worker in New York City and believe you may be misclassified as an independent contractor, contact our workers’ compensation lawyers at the Harris Firm, LLC. We have extensive experience assisting clients with complex workers’ comp matters, including employee misclassification and uninsured employers.
Common Injuries Experienced by Transportation Service Workers
- Strains and sprains
- Slips and falls
- Vehicle accidents
- Head injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
Types of Transportation Workers We Represent
At the Harris Firm, LLC, our Queens transportation service workers' comp lawyers assist all types of mass transit and public transportation workers.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Taxi drivers
- Uber and Lyft drivers
- Limo drivers
- Large truck drivers
- Amazon delivery drivers
- Commercial vehicle operators
- Train and subway operators
- Public and private bus drivers
- School bus drivers
- Ferry operators
- Ticket handlers
- Maintenance workers
- Security personnel
- Onboard workers
We handle claims on behalf of transportation workers in both the private and public sectors. Our Queens transportation attorneys have experience representing victims of all types of transportation-related incidents, including collisions, single-vehicle crashes, slip and falls, machinery accidents, equipment failure, assault, toxic exposure, overexertion, and more. We have also represented surviving family members and loved ones of victims of fatal transportation accidents in seeking financial recovery through the New York workers’ compensation system.
No matter how complex or challenging your unique situation may be, our team is prepared to help you navigate the process. We fight for maximum benefits for our clients and are not afraid to challenge the insurance company’s efforts to dispute or undervalue your claim.
Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation
If you were injured in a transportation accident in New York City, or if you suffered a job-related injury or illness of any kind, reach out to our team at the Harris Firm, LLC right away. Time is critical when it comes to filing your workers’ compensation claim, and any delays in the process could jeopardize your benefits.
At the Harris Firm, LLC, we provide free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not pay any out-of-pocket expenses when you hire our firm. Instead, we only collect legal fees if we recover compensation for you. Our multilingual staff can assist you in English, Spanish, Russian, French, Bangali/Vangia, or another language you are most comfortable with, and we are able to travel to you if your injuries prevent you from coming to us. With two offices conveniently located in Queens and the Bronx, as well as an open-door policy, we are here to serve you.
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