Workers who suffer injuries on the job may be hesitant to file a claim against their employers, whether because they think their injuries are not compensable or they fear retaliation from the company. On the other hand, there are those who want their financial awards right away and file without preparation.
If you are in the second category, you may benefit from knowing these three important steps in filing a workers’ comp claim. Doing them will increase your chances of a quick and successful outcome.
1. Begin the process immediately
To receive the benefits to which you are entitled, you must inform your employer of the injury in writing within 30 days. You must also complete a medical examination from an approved provider. After that, New York has specific time frames in which you have to complete the other steps of the process or else you may not be eligible for compensation.
Although you have two years from the time of injury to file a claim with the board, the sooner you act, the higher your chances are of maintaining your rights.
2. Be honest
If you are worried that the details of your accident may disqualify you for benefits, you need not fear. Unless you were drunk or trying to hurt someone, then being at fault for the incident does not affect your case. The more information you provide, the better treatment you will receive and the easier it will be to prove a job-related injury or illness.
3. Have help from an attorney
You can find all the necessary information and forms online for submitting a claim. However, the process can be difficult to follow. You may make mistakes that cause delays and lost benefits, or you may miss opportunities that may increase the amount of money you receive. Having an attorney help you will ensure you do not make costly errors.