Were You Injured at Work in New York?
Let Our New York Workers Comp Lawyers Fight for You
What should you do if you are injured at work or fall ill and discover
that your condition was caused because of your work environment or job
duties? There are specific steps you can take so you have the best opportunity
of recovering full
workers' compensation benefits. A workers' compensation lawyer at our NYC law firm can assist
you in filing your
claim and can help you through the entire process; we will be happy to see how
we can help you when you call our offices for your free consultation.
You will also find helpful tips here.
If you are injured at work, you should:
Seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Unless you require emergency care, you will need to see a health care
provider that is authorized by the Workers' Compensation Board. Your
supervisor may be able to help you find the right provider, or you can
call (800) 781-2362 for more information. If you are suffering from a
catastrophic or life-threatening injury, however, make sure you or another
person calls 911 immediately.
Contact an attorney. It is strongly advised that you contact an attorney as soon as possible
in the wake of any work-related accident or injury. A skilled attorney
can advise you of your rights and the correct steps to take in informing
your employer and filing your claim to receive benefits. A single misstep
could hinder your ability to recover full benefits.
Notify your supervisor/manager of what occurred. You must notify your supervisor, in writing, of your injury within 30
days of the accident that caused your injury, or in the case of an occupational
disease (such as mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure) within 2 years
of disablement or from the time you knew or should have reasonably known
that your illness was work-related.
File a claim for workers' compensation (Form C-3). Fill out this form completely and to the best of your knowledge and mail
it to the nearest Workers' Compensation board office. If you are already
working with an attorney at this point, he or she can help ensure that
your claim is properly filled out and filed with the appropriate office.
Missing information, suspected fraud and a form that is filed too late
may all negatively influence your ability to recover the workers'
compensation benefits you need.
Follow your doctor's instructions. After seeking medical treatment, be sure to follow your physician's
instructions to help ensure a speedy recovery.
Attend an Independent Medical Examination. If you are required to do so, you will need to attend a medical examination
to assess your physical condition.
Go back to work. As soon as you are able and have your physician's approval, you should
return to work. It is also important to consult with your lawyer at this
stage of the process.
Attend any hearings as necessary. It is possible that you will need to attend one or more
hearings regarding your claim. If you have an attorney at this point, he or she
can represent you at your hearing in order to ensure the full protection
of your legal rights.
Should your claim be denied for any reason whatsoever, or should any other
issue arise in regard to your claim or benefits, you may have the right
to file an appeal. Your attorney can assist you with this as well.
Call Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman
At our firm, we recognize the importance of protecting injured workers'
rights. Representing workers of all kinds throughout NYC, our legal team
is here to guide and protect you if you were injured in a work accident
or are suffering from any illness or injury caused by your job.
Contact our firm today for your free case review!