It depends. You did not have a specific injury. You claim it was due to wear and tear over the years. Even if a doctor agrees this was the cause, you are going to have a difficult time proving the causal connection. Talk to a NY workers compensation lawyer.
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Speak to a local workmen's compensation lawyer. Also, speak with a disability lawyer.
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Maybe, but it likely to be difficult. Your injury is in the nature of an Occupational Disease. New York law handles Occupational Disease cases a little bit different than clear Accident cases and the Statue of Limitations is also determined in a different manner. The fact that you have already had surgery will also make the case difficult as the employer/carrier have been deprived of an opportunity to have you seen by their expert.
That said if you have evidence that supports a connection or nexus between your injury and your work you may have a successful claim entitling you to both lost wage benefits and medical treatment.
The other attorneys are correct you should seek an attorney who understands New York Workers' Compensation law right away.
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