When people are injured in
workplace accidents, they must file a workers’ compensation claim within a specified
period of time. If they fail to file a claim within this period, they
will likely lose their ability to collect valuable
workers’ compensation benefits.
What is the time limit for filing a workers’ comp claim? According to the
New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, in order for injured workers to receive workers’ compensation benefits,
they must notify their employer about the accident as soon as possible
after it occurs.
Injured at work? Here is what you must do:
- Notify your supervisor or manager in writing within 30 days from the date
of the accident.
- If you are suffering from an occupational disease, you must provide your
employer notice: within two years of becoming disabled, or within two
years of learning the disease was work-related, or within two years that
you should have known it was work-related, whichever is later.
As an injured or sickened worker, it’s very important that you adhere
to these strict timeframes for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
If you do not file a claim within the above notification deadlines, you
could lose your right to much-needed benefits.
What to do After an Accident
If you are injured on the job, make sure you receive first aid or any other
medical treatment needed as soon as possible. Please be aware that your
treating healthcare professional must be approved by the Workers’
Compensation Board, unless you have an emergency situation.
If your case isn’t disputed, the costs of your medical care will
be paid for by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance
provider, or by your employer. Your healthcare providers may ask you to
sign form A-9, which informs you that you may be financially responsible
for your medical bills if the Workers’ Compensation Board denies
your claim, or if you fail to pursue your workers’ comp claim.
As soon as possible, preferably after you’ve received any urgent
medical attention, you should contact a New York workers’ compensation
attorney to discuss filing a claim promptly.
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