You were injured on the job — now what? Where do you turn? Whom can you talk to about your situation? When can you file for workers compensation?
Many people who were injured on the job have similar questions regarding filing for workers compensation. Below is a list of steps to take if you recently suffered a job site injury.
1. Inform your employer of the injury.
If you have been injured on the job, you should inform your employer within 30 days of the accident. This is one of the most important steps to take following an accident at work because it initiates the workers’ comp
process. Although verbal notice is acceptable, a written notice documents the action and offers evidence if your accident is ever questioned.
Seek medical treatment as soon as possible after the job site accident and inform your physician that this is a workers compensation case. Be certain to tell your physician that it is a work-related injury every time you seek treatment, and remind him or her to file a report with the Workers’ Compensation Board and insurance company. It is vitally important to document your injury and the extent to which it limits your ability to work.
Note: Some employers require that you be treated by a physician of their providing. Be aware of your company’s policy so as not to compromise your workers compensation benefits.
Contact a lawyer who can help ensure you receive the benefits to which you are entitled under New York’s workers compensation laws.