Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim After an Accident at Work
If you are an employee of your company and you suffer an injury at work, you are entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages through a workers’ compensation claim. This coverage is provided by your employer’s workers’ compensation provider. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that most employers are required to purchase to cover their employees’ injuries.
Workers’ compensation claims in New York are governed by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. When you file a claim, your employer has to notify the Board of the accident. You also have to fill out certain paperwork and submit it to the Board for approval. If you do not follow the correct procedure for obtaining medical care and submitting your workers’ compensation claim, you can be denied the ability to receive compensation. Make sure that your claim progresses as smoothly as possible by working with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.
The Workers’ Compensation Claim Process
The first thing you need to do following your accident is seek appropriate medical attention for your injury. Call 911 if you need to have an ambulance sent to the scene. Unless you are in critical condition and need emergency care, your healthcare provider must be approved by the New York Workers’ Compensation Board. Within 48 hours of the accident, your doctor needs to complete Form C-4 and send it to the appropriate district office of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.
After you have received your initial medical treatment, notify your supervisor of your accident. Your supervisor and your employer, if they are not the same party, both need to be involved in the claim process. Notify your employer of your accident in writing within 30 days of its occurrence.
Your employer must fill out Form C-3 and mail it to the correct district office of the Workers’ Compensation Board. This should be done as soon as possible after your accident.
Within 14 days of receiving your paperwork from your employer, your company’s workers’ compensation provider will send you a written statement of your rights as a workers’ compensation recipient. Within 18 days, you will receive your first workers’ compensation benefits check unless your claim is disputed. If it is disputed, you will be notified of the dispute so you and your attorney can address it correctly. Your attorney can negotiate with the other parties involved in the claim on your behalf to help you get the money you deserve.
Work with a New York Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Seeking workers’ compensation after you have been injured in a workplace injury can be time consuming and confusing. Make this process easier for yourself by working with an experienced New York workers’ compensation attorney who can negotiate with doctors and the workers’ compensation provider on your behalf and ensure that all necessary paperwork related to your claim is filed on time. Contact The Law Office of Robert A. Koenigsberg today to schedule your initial consultation with our firm.