New York Workers’ Compensation Benefits
5 Helpful Tips for a Workers’ Compensation case
- Immediately notify your employer about your injury or illness. Ask for the name, address and phone number of the Workers’ Compensation insurance company.
- Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the injury.
- Take photographs of the accident site and your injuries.
- Go to a doctor or hospital for treatment and fully explain when and how your work-related injury or illness occurred.
- Contact a New York worker’s compensation attorney immediately to protect your rights.
In New York, if you suffer a work-related injury or illness, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. Workers’ Compensation benefits include medical insurance, payments for lost wages, permanent injuries, and reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses.
You may be eligible for New York Workers’ Compensation benefits even if you are not a United States citizen or if you work “off the books.” In certain cases, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits for injuries or illnesses that occur before or after work hours. However, the Workers’ Compensation Law places restrictions on how you can prove your claim.
Your Workers’ Compensation claim must be properly filed with your employer, your employer’s insurance company, and the State of New York. Failure to properly file your claim may result in lost benefits. Unfortunately, the Workers’ Compensation insurance company will not grant you benefits just because you apply for them. The insurance company is represented by attorneys who will deny your claim for benefits. In addition, substantial medical evidence must support your claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Other factors may also affect your receipt of Workers’ Compensation benefits. Most applicants must be examined by insurance company doctors and request hearings before a Judge in order to obtain Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Depending upon the cause of your injury or illness, you may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit for additional awards. In certain cases, you may also sue your employer or a co-worker for your injuries. Get in touch with our experienced New York Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.