What You Should Know About Your Workers’ Comp Claim

Have you been injured on the job? Learn what you should know about your workers’ comp claim here. Then, call our Buffalo attorneys today.

Injured At Work

  • What You Should Know About Your Workers' Comp ClaimIf you get hurt at work, always report the injury to your employer as quickly as possible.
  • Every workplace is different, but the best approach is to immediately give the employer written notice.
  • That notice satisfies only the notice requirement. It does not satisfy the claim filing requirement which requires that a C-3 form be filed with the workers compensation board. Proper filing of your claim is best handled by a workers compensation lawyer, who will complete that C-3 form and get it filed.
  • If you’re hurt at work, seek medical treatment. Tell the doctor you were injured at work. The doctor will file a report with the insurance carrier and the workers compensation board, which gets the case up and running.

Choosing a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

  • Taking on the workers compensation system can be extremely difficult because so many issues pop up as your case progresses.
  • You won’t know the answers to questions about the correct weekly benefit amount, based on your average weekly wage and degree of disability.
  • Disputing your medical bills may occur as time goes on and you’ll need a knowledgeable advocate.
  • You need a lawyer to navigate the workers compensation system because the workers compensation board is a neutral party that will not help you. Neither will the workers compensation carrier, the insurance company. They are there for the benefit of the insured company. Your employer is not likely to help you through the handling of your workers compensation claim.
  • You need a representative who knows how to address your workers compensation claim to go to bat for you.

Suing an Employer for a Work Injury

  • A person who is injured at work cannot sue their employer; but may be able to sue a third party.
  • For example, if a truck driver who is driving their truck for work is struck and injured by another vehicle, they have a workers compensation case for their injuries as well as grounds for a potential lawsuit against the other driver and the other vehicle’s owner.
  • You cannot sue your employer for work-related injuries because that’s the purpose of workers compensation.

Were you seriously injured at work and have questions about what you should know about your workers’ comp claim? Contact our dedicated Buffalo workers’ compensation lawyers for a confidential consultation.

The law firm of Cole, Sorrentino, Hurley, Hewner & Gambino has been providing sound legal advice and representation on Workers’ Compensation claims for more than 45 years.

Let our experience work for you.

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