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Employers Responsible For Injuries at Work-Sponsored Events

New York workers' compensation attorney explains how the system works

NEW YORK, New York - Many workplaces sponsor recreational events outside of work, especially during the summer. Such events may include picnics, softball games, trips to an amusement park or cocktail parties at nearby restaurants or bars.

But what many people might not realize is employers are responsible for the well-being and safety of employees during such events, according to New York workers' compensation attorney Jordan A. Ziegler of Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP. And if employees get injured at such events, they are eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits.

"The rights and responsibilities of employers extend beyond the workplace," Ziegler said. "When companies host off-site, employer-sponsored events, safety precautions must be taken. If employers fail to do so and an employee gets hurt at such an event, that employee is eligible for workers' compensation since the injury was within the scope of their employment."

Ziegler cited an example of a workplace injury many people might not realize is covered by workers' comp. Last year, some people sustained eye injuries while looking at the August 21, 2017 eclipse at work-sponsored eclipse viewing parties. "In this case, employers were responsible for providing safety glasses," Ziegler said. "Employees who were injured while eclipse-viewing on the job were able to file workers' compensation claims if their boss did not provide adequate eye protection."

"Workers' comp goes a long way toward helping ease the financial burden that comes with not being able to fully return to work," Ziegler said. "There are so many complicated ins and outs of filing, however, that all too often injured workers will give up rather than fight for what they are entitled to. That's where we are able to step in and help people get their lives back on track."

About Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP

With 80 years of experience hearing over 100,000 cases, Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP has obtained settlements totaling over a billion dollars for New Yorkers. With 100 legal professionals on staff and 11 office locations, the law firm has won numerous accolades for providing its clients with strong, reliable legal representation and has a well-earned reputation as one of the top law firms for cases involving workplace accidents, workers' compensation and Social Security disability.

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