Although some jobs require small risks, others are considered to be dangerous fields, where an accident may occur at any moment. In workplaces such as this, it is absolutely imperative to understand the workers' compensation process.
If you have been injured on the job, it will be imperative to consult with a New York workers' compensation lawyer at Katz Leidman Grossman Wolfe & Freund immediately to be informed on your rights to compensation and other workers' comp laws.
After seeking medical treatment for your work site injury and notifying your supervisor what has happened, you must notify your employer via writing within 30 days of the accident. Immediately after the accident, within 48 hours of it occurring, a doctor should file a Doctor's Initial Report (form C-4) and mail it to the Workers' Compensation District Office, employer, insurer and the injured worker.
An Employee Claim (form C-3) should be filled out properly and mailed to the appropriate Workers' Compensation District Office within 2 years of the accident. After receiving the notification, the employer will then fill out his or her own report called the Employer's Report of Work-Related Injury/Illness.
Within 14 days of receiving the Employer's Report, the insurance carrier will then provide the injured individual with a written statement of your rights, and within 18 days the insurer will begin paying benefits if it has not been approved nor denied within 7 days.
The doctor will submit a report to the board every 45 days until you have reached a full recovery.
For more information regarding the workers' compensation process, contact Katz Leidman Grossman Wolfe & Freund today.