Workplace injury, illness, and disability are more common than you might expect. If you have become ill or were seriously injured at work or on a job, it’s extremely important to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney.
Some workplace accidents may permit you to sue a third party, like a product manufacturer, a land owner or someone other than your employer.
Our skilled workers’ compensation lawyers have obtained valuable benefits for thousands of sick and workers and their families. We are committed to getting the benefits you deserve when you are unable to work. New York State employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance, and you are entitled to coverage for work-related injuries. Anytime a serious accident occurs, you should immediately contact a workers’ compensation lawyer.
Examples of common workplace conditions eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits are:
- Construction site accidents
- Head or neck injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Occupational diseases and work-related illness
- Eye and ear injuries
- Heavy lifting injuries
- Burn injuries
- Broken bones or fractures
Our attorneys never charge a consultation fee and do not charge fees until monetary compensation has been recovered on your behalf. We will ensure your medical treatment and wage losses are covered to the fullest degree of the law, and ease you through the workers compensation application process. If you face the challenge of temporary or permanent loss of earnings due to workplace injury or occupational disease, you should speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer right away.
Benefits and Rates
If you were injured performing the duties of your work, you are likely eligible for benefits. In order to receive workers’ compensation benefits, you must give your employer a written medical report of the accident or illness within 30 days of the incident. It is important to work with a skilled workers comp lawyer as soon as you have been treated for your injuries.
The amount of compensation you can receive as an employee through workers’ compensation insurance depends on a couple things, including your average weekly wage, as well as the severity of your injury or illness—meaning how disabled you are. If you are partially disabled by your injury or illness, that means you are capable of doing some sort of work. If you are totally disabled by your injury or illness, that means you are unable to do any kind of work whatsoever.
If you have been injured at your workplace, or need medical treatment for an occupational disease, you should seek medical treatment immediately. You will be able to speak with a workers’ compensation attorney and file a medical report after you have been treated.
Once a compensation case is accepted by the insurance company or established by the Compensation Board, medical expenses related to the accident are covered. Doctors and chiropractors are not permitted to bill a compensation patient directly but must send their bills and reports to the insurance company and the Workers’ Compensation Board. If there is a dispute regarding a bill, it will be handled. As an injured or sick worker, you should never pay a health care provider for a medical bill for treatment related to the workers’ compensation case.
If you cannot work because of your work-related injury or occupational disease, you must see a doctor on a regular basis, so he or she can provide the medical reports needed to process your claim. Generally, each medical report proves disability for six weeks after the visit to your doctor or chiropractor.
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