What Can I Do If I Never Received My Workers Compensation?
If you do not receive the workers’ compensation money you secured through a workers’ compensation claim following an injury, do not wait around and hope it will come eventually. Be proactive and work with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to take action to get the money you are entitled to receive.
If your claim was rejected, you may need to appeal it. Similarly, if your employer failed to file the claim, you and your lawyer will need to take action with your employer and the Workers’ Compensation Board to ensure that your claim is filed and that you can receive the compensation you are due. But if you filed your claim properly and were approved to receive benefits, you are facing a different issue. Take the following steps to follow up on your claim.
Know When Benefits Start
Medical benefits begin as soon as your claim is filed. Cash benefits, the compensation you receive to cover a portion of your lost wages, begin on the eighth day of your disability unless you spend 14 days or more out of work. In cases like this, cash benefits begin on the worker’s first day out of work after his or her claim is accepted. Keep this in mind and do not expect your cash benefits as soon as you file your claim. Benefits can be paid for a maximum of 26 weeks of disability within a 52-week period.
Contact the Workers’ Compensation Provider
Workers’ compensation providers are separate companies from the employers they insure. Your workers’ compensation provider may be handling hundreds, even thousands, of claims at once. If your claim is accepted and you still have not received cash benefits after spending a week out of work, have your lawyer contact the provider to check on your claim. There could have been a clerical error that prevented you from receiving your money or it could be held up by a processing difficulty. Sometimes, it is not the workers’ compensation provider’s error but the postal service’s error that keeps a claimant from receiving his or her cash benefits. Whatever the issue is, your lawyer should be able to resolve it by contacting the workers’ compensation provider directly and asking about your claim’s status.
Work with an Experienced New York Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you were injured at work, while you were performing your job, and you are a covered employee who followed the correct steps to file a workers’ compensation claim, there is no reason why you should not receive appropriate compensation for your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages. If you find yourself facing this issue, work with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to correct it. Contact The Law Office of Robert A. Koenigsberg today to schedule your initial consultation with our firm, during which we can answer your questions and help you seek the money you deserve following your workplace injury.