What to Do If You Are Injured at Work in NYC
Workplace injuries happen all of the time in New York City and elsewhere in NY. If you or a loved one was injured on the job, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation for your injuries. However, there are specific steps that you must take in order to be eligible to receive workers’ compensation in New York. These essential steps are as follows:
- Seek Immediate Medical Attention for Work-Related Injuries: If you are injured at work, it is of the utmost important that you seek medical attention immediately for your injuries. If it is a medical emergency, contact 911, or, if you are unable to do so, have a co-worker contact 911 on your behalf. If it is not a medical emergency, contact a medical provider who is certified to handle workers’ compensation claims. In New York, employers will often refer injured employees to medical providers authorized by the Workers’ Compensation Board. If you are referred to a medical provider by an employer, schedule an appointment to be assessed by that medical provider.
- Document All Injuries with the Medical Provider: While seeking medical attention, describe all of the symptoms you are exhibiting to the medical provider in sufficient detail in order to ensure that the medical provider has adequate notes regarding the extent of your injuries. Moreover, while filling out paperwork regarding the visit with the medical provider, indicate that you are there because of a work-related injury. That way, all medical bills related to the visit will be sent to your employer or to the workers’ compensation insurance company and not to you.
- Notify Your Employer: To ensure that you are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits for your injuries, you must contact your supervisor and let them know, in writing, about your injuries within 30 days of sustaining them.
- File the Correct Paperwork: In order to receive workers’ compensation, you must fill out the appropriate paperwork so that the Workers’ Compensation Board can process and assess your claim. To submit a claim for workers’ compensation, you must file Form C-3.
- Contact an Attorney: Last, but not least, you should contact an experienced NY workers’ comp attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can assist you in ensuring that your workers’ compensation claim is properly prepared and filed, and they can advocate for you in the event that you must appear for any hearings in front of the Workers’ Compensation Board or if you are in the process of appealing a denial of your workers’ compensation claim.
Free Consultation with the Experienced Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Proner & Proner Today
If you or a loved one has been injured at work in the state of New York, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. The Bronx workers’ compensation attorneys at Proner & Proner can help you better understand your legal rights and options. We represent injured workers throughout NY, including the Bronx, New York City, Queens, and Brooklyn. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (212) 500-1003 or by filling out our online contact form. We have an office located at 60 E. 42nd St., Suite 1448, New York, NY 10165, as well as offices in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens, NY.
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