On-the-job injuries are common in certain fields – such as construction. If you are hurt on the job, and live in the Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester or Queens, you might need a Manhattan workers compensation attorney. A workers’ compensation attorney in New York can determine if you have a valid claim.
Workers’ compensation is compensation paid to you in case of a work-related illness or injury. The law requires your employer to pay compensation benefits, as long as the illness or injury occurs on the job or because of the job.
You might also receive compensation if your injury occurs because of repeated exposure – for example, if you lose your hearing because of loud noises at work.
Immediately report your injury to your supervisor or employer. Failure to do so might cause a problem with your compensation claim. If your injury develops over time, then report it as soon as you know your job is the cause.
If you wait longer than 30 days, then your employer might be unable to verify the injury occurred on the job. The employer needs to time to investigate the incident, and determine exactly what caused the accident. If you apply for workers’ compensation, without telling your employer of your accident, then they might dispute the workers’ compensation claim.
In many cases, your employer will tell you where to seek medical treatment. Going elsewhere could affect your workers’ compensation claim.
If you require immediate medical treatment, then your employer should give you a form to take to the doctor. This is so the doctor sends the bill to workers’ compensation instead of to you. You must also get a claim form from your employer, complete it and return it to your employer. You will learn what benefits, if any, are available to you. At this point, you might want to consult a workers’ compensation attorney.
You receive medical care for which your employer pays. As long as the treatment is a direct result of an illness or injury suffered on the job, then workers’ compensation covers it. You can also get temporary disability benefits. This covers wages lost while recovering from your injury or illness. Permanent disability may be available if you never recover from your illness or injury.
Supplemental job displacement benefits are available as well, for people hurt after 2004. These benefits pay for retraining or skill enhancement if you’re unable to return to your former job or work for your former employee.
If death results from your illness or injury, then your family or other dependents receive a death benefit.
Are you dealing with a workers’ compensation claim in Manhattan, Westchester, Queens or another New York borough? A workers’ compensation attorney can help make sure you get your rightful benefits. Contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at Dervishi Law Group, P.C. for assistance.