Our number one referral source is our thousands of former clients. Our multilingual staff is always accessible by phone and email.
Richard Harris has been representing injured workers for over 25 years. His mission is clear: protect the rights of injured workers and protect and defend the disabled. This was his motto 25 years ago and still holds true today. Over the years, Mr. Harris has built one of the largest firms in New York handling Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability cases. He has never forgot about what has made his practice of law successful: always give each client the personal attention they deserve, whether their case is big or small.
Throughout his legal career, Mr. Harris has had the reputation of fighting aggressively for his clients and obtaining every last cent. He has mentored countless attorneys who have had successful careers by applying Mr. Harris' credo of compassion, knowledge and trust.
Besides representing our clients before the Workers’ Compensation Board, we also help our clients apply for Social Security Disability benefits in an effort to obtain maximum benefits for our clients. In fact, our firm has the advantage of an established Workers Compensation and Social Security benefits department working together. This benefit is immeasurable since many people as a result of on the job accidents are unable to ever return to work. By helping our clients apply for Social Security Disability, we are able to obtain additional income for our clients that will supplement the difference between their Worker’s Compensation check and what they were earning before their accident.
Furthermore, we provide free legal counseling from our personal injury attorneys who are available to answer all questions regarding possible third-party actions. Many times, you can have a personal injury case in addition to a Workers’ Compensation claim out of the same accident. Many times, our experts are able to discover potential lawsuits that other attorneys have failed to realize. This is important, as some statute of limitations are as short as 90 days for giving notice of a claim.
We understand that New York City is a diverse community. Therefore, we speak Spanish, Russian and other languages so that clients fully understand their legal rights. Our firm gives free consultations and have an open-door policy—appointments are not necessary. For clients unable to travel due to their injuries, an attorney will come to meet you at your home or hospital.
Be careful. Many attorneys advertise that they handle Worker’s Compensation cases. However, many will sign your case and then refer it to another attorney to handle. Before signing with any attorney, ask if they will be personally representing you. We personally represent every client that we retain and we will always be there for you every step of the way.
Social security is a government program established by the Social Security Act that provides income to retirees, spouses, dependent children, and survivors, as well as disabled persons. Because the Social Security Act is a complex set of laws with strict eligibility requirements, as well as specific procedures for administrative hearings and judicial review, the assistance of a skilled social security disability lawyer like those at Harris Law Firm can be critical to the swift and favorable processing of your Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim.
In order to qualify for either SSDI or SSI benefits, a person must have a “disability” that meets the definition of total disability under social security laws. Social security benefits are not available for partial disabilities or short-term disabilities. Social security laws define “total disability” as a medical condition that prevents a person from engaging in “substantial gainful activity” and is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death.
The Social Security Administration has developed a list of medical conditions that automatically qualify as disabilities. This list describes, for each major body system, impairments that are considered to be so severe that they prevent an individual from performing any gainful activity. If your medical condition is not on this list, however, that does not mean that you will not qualify for social security disability benefits. It simply means that the Social Security Administration will assess your medical condition more closely to determine whether you are disabled.
Some of the most common medical conditions that qualify as total disabilities under social security laws include chronic pain disorders; back conditions; multiple sclerosis (MS); diabetes; lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune disorders; fibromyalgia; chronic fatigue syndrome; brain injuries; post-traumatic stress disorders; mental illnesses; muscular dystrophy; cancer; lung disease; Huntington’s disease; hepatitis C; congestive heart disease; Crohn’s disease; orthopedic injuries; and injuries due to negligence/personal injury.
You can apply for Social Security disability benefits without the aid of representation, but doing so could cost you. The rules and regulations of this program are complex and often difficult for the layperson to understand. If your claim is initially denied (as it is likely to be), you will have to go through a challenging appeal process that typically involves a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. Proper preparation for your appeal is vital to the success of your claim.
The lawyer that prepares your SSDI claim has numerous responsibilities. These include:
No one can guarantee that your SSD claim will ultimately be approved, but employing the services of a qualified and experienced SSD attorney will ensure that your claim is prepared as best possible and your case has the best possible chance of success. Appearing before an Administrative Law Judge without representation will dramatically decrease your odds of a favorable decision.
The New York City-based attorneys at The Harris Firm are here to help you with your SSDI case. We handle claims for clients throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennslyvania, and our clients benefit from our extensive experience. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
An injured worker in New York is entitled to all reasonable medical care and treatment needed to cure or relieve a specific work-related injury or continuous trauma or repetitive stress or repetitive strain injury. Medical care covered by New York Workers’ Compensation insurance claims include medical, surgical and hospital services, dental services, crutches and orthopedic devices, hearing aids, chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, nursing care, and prescribed medications. New York Workers’ Compensation cases cover a variety of work injuries ranging from temporary disability to total or partial permanent disability.
You may be entitled to a settlement for a partial permanent disability award if you have permanent work restrictions imposed because of your work injury or job-related injuries. Medical evidence will determine the extent of your temporary as well as permanent disabilities. The value of your claim depends, in large part, on the extent of permanent disability. Our attorneys will sit with you and answer all your questions for you, and counsel you on:
You should also be aware that if you were financially dependent on a deceased injured worker, you may be entitled to death benefits from Workers Compensation insurance. Death benefits may be available to any dependent household member of the deceased injured worker, not only a spouse or natural child under the New York Workers’ Compensation law.
New York Workers’ Compensation laws can be very complex and confusing. In fact, there have been many recent changes to the law. On December 1, 2010, the Workers’ Compensation Board instituted massive changes in these forms and procedures. On May 1, 2012, an important Court of Appeals case was decided which affects thousands of claimants receiving partial disability benefits. Furthermore, a recent case law and changes in the law that were made in the past year make it even more advisable to seek the help of a qualified Workers’ Compensation lawyer.
Many attorneys advertise that they handle Workers’ Compensation claims, but rather refer your case to an “of counsel” attorney. One of our 10 attorneys on staff will always be with you at your hearing, whether it is in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Harlem, Yonkers, White Plains, Hempstead, Hauppauge, Peekskill, or Newburgh.
The New York Workers’ Compensation information is important to all employed persons and every injured worker. If you, or someone you know, have suffered a work-related injury or industrial accident, please feel free to give us a call. There is no cost for a consultation and no obligation to hire us. We will freely summarize your Workers compensation rights and benefits for you. We want you to know that compensation adjusters work for the insurance companies, not you. They are all about cost containment, not fully explaining to you all of the rights and benefits to which you are entitled under New York Workers’ Comp laws. Consult one of our attorneys at Harris Law Firm to know your legal rights!
Temporary and permanent disability benefits, medical benefits, injury settlements, and death benefits are determined by statutes and laws, specific to New York State. Benefits are determined by earning capacity and degree of disability.
For over 25 years, disabled New Yorkers have turned to Richard T. Harris and his firm for legal advice and guidance in matters involving Workers’ Compensation. Generally, Workers’ Compensation firms handle a large volume of cases and are unable to give their clients personalized attention. This is not our philosophy. We believe that injured workers deserve respect and we pride ourselves on giving individualized attention. This is why we have a multilingual staff that is fluent in English, Spanish or Russian. We also have an open-door policy. Any client can see an attorney or paralegal at any time between 9:00 and 6:00 from Monday through Friday in either our Queens, Bronx, or Brooklyn office. We believe that when someone comes to an attorney for advice, that attorney should represent that client to his best ability and fight hard for their rights. This why most of our clients are actually referred by previous or current clients of the firm.
We know that legal action can sometimes be overwhelming. We are dedicated to providing you help in language that you can understand. If you don't feel like you understand your options, just ask, and we will work to find an explanation that works for you.
The first step is for us to work with you and come up with a plan to get the results you need. Through our understanding of the law and your understanding of the circumstances, we will craft a path to success.
Don't wait! Contact us for a free phone consultation. Let us help you figure out your best next steps are. The sooner you have a plan of action, the better your chances of taking the correct steps to get the results you want.
At the Harris Firm, we specialize in bringing the law to your corner. We are dedicated to understanding what results you want and to helping you understand what actions we can take on your behalf. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand the choices you are making and feel empowered to make them.
Every morning, our legal team has a meeting to discuss our cases. This means that no matter who you go with in our firm, the expertise of the whole team weighs in on your case.
Richard Harris has been helping clients for over 25 years and has a proven track record of success. We use that experience to help you down a path to the results you need.