If you were injured in a workplace accident or if you are suffering from an
occupational disease, you are probably thinking, “My claim should definitely be accepted.”
But, what if your claim is denied? What should you do next?
For starters, we’re going to explain which workers are covered under
workers’ compensation. In New York, nearly all employers are required
workers’ compensation coverage.
If you work for a for-profit business, if you are a school teacher, a domestic
worker who works at least 40 hours a week, or a worker compensated by
a nonprofit organization, you should be covered. Those who are NOT covered
by New York’s workers’ compensation law, include:
- People who volunteer for nonprofit organizations
- Members of the clergy
- People who engage in amateur athletic activities
- People who teach for a nonprofit religious or charitable organization
- People who receive charitable age from religious and charitable organizations
- New York City firefighters, sanitation workers and police officers
- People who do casual chores for private residences (domestic workers)
- Real estate salespersons
- Certain insurance agents
Occasionally a worker’s claim will be denied because the insurance
company believes that the worker was under the influence of drugs or alcohol,
or intentionally being reckless when he or she was injured. In such cases,
the worker’s claim may be denied.
Workers’ Compensation Hearings and Appeals
If a worker’s claim is denied, he or she has the right to appeal
the decision. In this situation, the Board may conduct a hearing, which
is overseen by a Workers’ Compensation Law Judge. After listening
to the testimony and reviewing the evidence, the judge shall determine
if the worker is entitled to benefits.
If the worker is not satisfied with the results of the hearing, he or she
has 30 days to appeal the decision. This is accomplished through a Board
review. A Board Panel decision can be appealed to the Supreme Court, whose
decision can be appealed to the Court of Appeals.
Need more information about the claims and appeals process?
Contact our office today for a free case evaluation with a New York workers’ compensation attorney!