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New York City Sanitation Worker Injury Lawyer

New York City sanitation workers are responsible for keeping our city clean. They also help us to safely navigate our streets in winter by keeping snow and ice off our roadways.

This work sometimes leads to injuries due to the many hazards of their job. Damaged and defective equipment including trucks, hoppers, snowplows and other machinery can cause serious injuries.

Sanitation workers also face dangerous conditions on properties including slip and falls in their garages on grease and oil. Likewise, they may find themselves injured on someone’s private property due to broken sidewalks or other hazards.

Can Sanitation Workers Sue
For On The Job Injuries?

Sanitation workers for the City of New York, including supervisors, superintendents and enforcement officers, do not receive workers compensation benefits, but instead receive line of duty injury (LODI) benefits which include wages and medical benefits, including unlimited sick leave.

Sanitation workers are not barred from suing their employer because they do not receive traditional workers compensation benefits and are not limited by the Workers Compensation Law.

Under New York Law, DSNY sanitation workers are permitted to sue anyone, including their employer, The City of New York and The Department of Sanitation, as well as any third-parties for injuries sustained in the course of their employment.

Sanitation Worker Accidents and Injuries

Here is just a sample of the type of accidents and injuries that DSNY sanitation workers face every day:

  • Vehicle accidents
  • Garage accidents
  • Slip and fall on grease/oil
  • Front-end loaders
  • Broken steps
  • Plows and other equipment
  • Other workplace hazards
  • Defective equipment and machinery
  • Premises accidents
  • Falls from trucks
  • Snow and ice accidents
  • Struck by objects from hopper
  • Sidewalk accidents

Injuries caused by Sanitation worker accidents include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Shoulder and knee injuries
  • Exposure to toxic materials
  • Head trauma
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Other bodily injuries

Sanitation Workers May Be Entitled To Disability Retirement Benefits

Depending on the severity of their injuries, sanitation workers could be entitled to Disability Retirement Benefits, including Ordinary Disability Retirement (ODR) or Accidental Disability Retirement (ADR) Benefits if they are permanently incapacitated from performing their duties as a sanitation worker.

The DSNY and The City of New York have strict time limits within which sanitation workers must file applications for disability retirement benefits.

Make sure you contact a NYC sanitation worker injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. We are always available to answer your questions and offer free consultations with no obligation. Call us today to understand your legal options.

Damages in a Sanitation Worker Injury Case

In addition to disability benefits, an injured sanitation worker may be entitled to the following types of damages in a negligence case:

  • Past and future pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Future medical care
  • Future lost pension benefits
  • Future loss of social security retirement benefits
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional distress

Call a NYC Sanitation Worker
Injury Lawyer To Get Help Now

If you or a family member have been injured in a NYC sanitation accident, it is important that you call us as soon as possible. If the City of New York or the DSNY is responsible for your injuries, a notice of claim must be filed within 90 days of the date of your accident or your case could be dismissed.

At The O’Connor Law Firm, we are proud to have helped injured sanitation workers and their families who work hard to protect our health and welfare. We understand the complex nature of municipal negligence claims.

Let us answer your questions and guide you through the legal process. Call us for more information or to schedule a free case evaluation.

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