New York, just like most states, requires employers to carry insurance to protect workers who are injured on the job. Though some employment fields are considered riskier, injuries can occur in any type of employment. When a person is injured on the job, they have the right to file for benefits through the New York State Workers’ Compensation system. Unfortunately, many people are given the run around and never receive the benefits they deserve.
The first step in filing for benefits through the New York State Workers’ Compensation system involves informing your supervisor of your injury. As soon as you are aware you have been injured, it’s important to inform your employer. This will start the process of your claim so you are closer to receiving your benefits.
Once your claim has been filed with the insurance company, you will be required to see the insurance company’s physician. This is a requirement even if you are under the care of your own doctor. Failure to comply could result in you losing out on your rights to receive benefits. It will be up to the attending physician to report the degree of your injuries and your prognosis. This will give the insurance company the information they need to process your claim and give or deny you benefits.
Many people are denied benefits when they file a claim, and this is why it may be beneficial for you to hire an attorney. An attorney can work with the insurance company and your employer so you can receive your benefits. Should you be denied, the attorney can file an appeal and can even take your case to court if needed.
Hiring an attorney to help you with your claim will not cost you any money until you are successful in receiving your benefits. This ensures you get the legal help you need without the financial stress.
If you have been injured on the job, and feel your claim is not being given fair treatment, call a lawyer’s office and schedule a free consultation appointment. This will allow you to learn more about your rights and do all you can to protect them.