Why You Need to Contact a Workers Comp Attorney
If you suffer an injury at work and you are a covered employee, you are entitled to file workers’ compensation to seek monetary coverage for your expenses related to the injury. These expenses include your medical bills and partial compensation for the wages you do not earn while you are out of work to recover. Although the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim in New York can seem straightforward, it is in your best interest to retain an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help you through this process. Why? Because there are a lot of ways you can accidentally invalidate your claim or put yourself in a position where you receive less money than you actually need for your recovery.
Workers’ Compensation Claims have Tight Deadlines
The first deadline in your workers’ compensation claim comes fast: within 48 hours of your accident, the doctor who attends to your injury must file Form C-4 and send it to the appropriate district office of the New York Workers’ Compensation Board.
You must notify your employer of your accident in writing within 30 days of the accident. They must then fill out Form C-3 and send it to the local district office of the New York Workers’ Compensation Board.
All of these deadlines must be met in order for your claim to be deemed valid and for you to receive workers’ compensation checks.
You Will Need an Independent Medical Examination (IME)
If you are in critical condition after your accident, you can receive medical care from any doctor who can see you immediately. Otherwise, you must work with a doctor who is affiliated with the New York Workers’ Compensation Board. The examination you receive is known as an independent medical examination (IME) and in this examination, the doctor may attempt to downplay the extent of your injuries in an effort to save your employer’s workers’ compensation provider money. This is where your attorney can help you – he or she can negotiate with the doctor to help you get a more fair settlement. Sometimes, doctors will only negotiate with attorneys, rather than directly with the victim.
An Attorney Can Negotiate on your Behalf
Your attorney can not only negotiate with your doctor, but with your employer or your company’s workers’ compensation provider. During these negotiations, your attorney knows what to say and what not to say. Saying the wrong thing can invalidate your claim or force you to accept a lower settlement than you would otherwise be entitled to receive. Do not speak with an insurance provider without first discussing your case with your attorney.
Work with a New York Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you have been injured on the job, work with an experienced New York workers’ compensation attorney to pursue your workers’ compensation claim. Contact The Law Office of Robert A. Koenigsberg today to schedule your initial legal consultation with our firm, during which we can answer your questions and help you move forward with your claim.