If you work for the City of New York, it's important to know that certain job types at the City are actually exempt from what's called the "Workers' Compensation Bar." That means, unlike other employees all over the state, they're allowed to sue the City directly for the injuries that happened to them on the job. So, there are only four categories of employees that have that right. And those are firefighters, uniform police officers, uniform sanitation workers, and most teachers.
So if you fall into one of those categories, it's really important that you speak to an attorney, so that you can protect your rights and to protect your future, your pension, how you're going to provide for your family. And even if you don't fall into one of those categories, there are circumstances where you may be able to sue directly. For example, if you suffered what's called a grave injury under the law, or if you were injured during your lunch break, or on your way to work, as those aren't barred by workers' compensation. So, the best thing you can do is to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible.