Hoffman, Wachtell & Rao’s workers’ compensation practice includes New York State workers’ compensation claims, New York State disability claims and discrimination claims arising under the Workers’ Compensation Law as well as claims arising out of the line-of-duty activities of volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers.
We also assist the families of deceased workers whose work activities or exposures caused or contributed to their deaths. Our dedicated staff maintains close contact with our clients. We are adept at handling all phases of related litigation from intake to negotiations. Hoffman, Wachtell & Rao’s extensive experience before administrative judges and tribunals enables us to respond effectively and efficiently to the unique and varied needs of our clients. We also ensure that we communicate and cooperate with other attorneys who may be handling tort claims arising out of the same accident.
In all workers’ compensation cases, the client does not pay an attorney fee unless the client receives benefits. The fees are set by the Workers’ Compensation Board and are paid to the firm directly by the insurance company.
We are full-service law firm. We know that you may be entitled to other benefits as a result of your work-related injury such as Social Security disability benefits, private disability insurance and the possibility of suing a negligent party other than your employer. These benefits are often available in addition to your workers’ compensation benefits. We will help you sort through these possibilities.
Hoffman, Wachtell & Rao, LLP, and our predecessor firms have specialized in the practice of New York State Workers’ Compensation Law since 1983. We have assisted thousands of individual clients obtain the benefits to which they are entitled under the New York State Workers’ Compensation Law. We receive referrals from both local area attorneys and attorneys from states throughout the country as well as referrals from prior and current clients. We accept the extremely difficult cases, the simple matters, and even cases in which we might never receive a fee.
We pride ourselves on our personal attention to your needs. We strive to respond to letters and telephone calls within one business day. We will often return communications during the weekend if you cannot be reached during the week. We have a well-qualified, caring and compassionate office staff that can assist you with many aspects of your claim. We know that the personal attention we give to each client is the reason that our primary referral source has been existing or former clients.
We take pride in our presence in and connection to the local community. All attorneys and staff involved in our workers’ compensation practice have resided in the lower Hudson Valley for many years and most are active in community volunteer activities.
However, we will handle your case no matter where you live. Appointments are performed remotely, by telephone or in person at your convenience. We are able to manage your case by telephone, internet and mail.
We have Spanish-speaking assistants available to assist you.