If you have been injured or become sick on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Under New York law, you have the right to seek financial compensation for a work-related injury or illness, regardless of fault. While the benefits are there, they are not always easy to obtain, so it is important to seek legal assistance with your claim. The lawyers at Jacoby and Meyers help injured employees in the New York City area fight for and recover the benefits they need and deserve.
What to Do if You Are Injured or Become Ill at Work
There are three things employees should immediately do if they are injured in the workplace:
1. Report the injury to a supervisor
2. Request to see a doctor
3. Complete a workers’ compensation claim form
Unfortunately, many people wait until an injury is unbearable before they report it. This is a big mistake. What appears to be a minor injury, may be more serious and/or can lead to complications down the road. Prompt reporting and receipt of medical care ensures compensation benefits are not delayed so that you receive income while you are out of work.
Types of injuries and illnesses covered under workers’ compensation law, include, but are not limited to:
Vehicle accidents while on the job
Repetitive stress injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Toxic Chemical Exposure
Toxic Mold Exposure
Equipment failure accidents
Spinal cord injuries
An Experienced Attorney Can Help You Navigate the Paperwork and Prove Injury
Many workers’ compensation claims are initially disapproved because of improper or untimely filing. Employers and their insurance companies may dispute your injuries, hindering your claim and costing you time and money. Medical expenses and lost wages from a workplace injury should not be your responsibility. The lawyers at Jacoby and Meyers have helped countless clients successfully seek and recover workers’ compensation benefits.
If you or a loved one has suffered a work-related injury, contact our attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.