OSHA: Rights and Responsibilities

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was formed in 1971 with the mission of assuring “safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.” Most private sector employers are covered by OSHA in all 50 states and, in New York, public sector workers are covered by a state plan. Learn more about employers’ responsibilities, employees’ rights, and what to do if you believe your rights have been violated.

Workers’ Compensation: Disability Classifications

If you have been injured at work, the extent of your disability determines how much you receive in cash benefits. Your doctor will give an opinion on how much your injury disables you and the insurer will agree or disagree. If they disagree, the insurer can require you to see a doctor of its choosing for an independent medical exam. Once that is complete, the Workers’ Compensation Board will decide on your degree of disability. If you feel what the insurance company’s doctor recommends isn’t fair, an experienced attorney can review your case and help you get what you’re entitled to. Learn what the classes of disability are and what you may be entitled to depending on which class you fall into. Please note that all injuries, even if they are later found permanent, are considered temporary first.