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What do I do if I suffer on-the-job injuries in New York?

There are certain jobs in New York that lend themselves to risk and the possibility of work-related injuries. Even jobs that are not considered physically and mentally stressful and dangerous can cause on-the-job injuries. Because of that, it's important to know what to do when injured at work and in need of workers' compensation benefits. There are certain steps to take to file a workers' compensation claim, and it will make the process of getting benefits easier if these steps are followed.

When the injury happens, the first step is to seek medical help immediately. The medical professionals who provide the care are required to be authorized to give treatment by the Workers' Compensation Board. The only time the care can be provided by someone who has not been authorized is if it's an immediate emergency. Other rules on where a person can get medical care may also apply.

The supervisor at work must be told of the injury and how it happened. If there is a failure to inform the employer in writing within 30 days after the injury occurred, the workers' compensation claim might be denied. If there is an occupational disease such as mesothelioma or carpal tunnel syndrome, the worker must notify the employer within two years of being disabled or two years of being diagnosed as having work-related injuries.

A worker receiving benefits must follow medical advice, cooperate in the process, try to get back to work as quickly as possible and attend hearings if ordered to do so.

Many people are unaware how to file for workers' compensation benefits and don't know their rights regarding a workers' compensation claim. In some instances, the employer will try to deny benefits to a worker who is entitled to them. It's important to have the facts and know what to do in any workers' compensation case by discussing the matter with an attorney experienced with these kinds of cases as soon as possible.

Source: WCB.NY.gov, "What to do if you are injured on the job," accessed on Oct. 19, 2014

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