Experiencing an injury at work can be profoundly unsettling—not just physically, but also for the potential upheaval it could cause in your life and career. It’s vital to know exactly what steps to take following a workplace injury to safeguard your rights and secure the compensation you deserve. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide from our skilled New York workers’ compensation lawyers.

what to do after an injury at work

1. Report the injury immediately

The first step after sustaining an injury at work is to report it to your employer or supervisor as soon as possible. New York law requires that the injury be reported within 30 days of the accident or from the date you became aware of a work-related illness, not to jeopardize your workers’ compensation benefits.

Ensure that your report is documented in writing and includes specifics about what happened and how it occurred. It is also advisable to keep a copy of this report for your records.

2. Seek medical attention

Prompt medical attention is critical for your health and forms the basis of your workers’ compensation claim. When you visit a healthcare provider, mention that your injury is work-related and provide your employer’s name.

In New York, you generally have the right to choose your doctor unless your employer or insurance provider has a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). You can find more information on healthcare provider rights under New York workers’ compensation law.

3. Document everything

Keep detailed records of everything related to your injury and treatment:

  • Dates and details of medical treatments.
  • Receipts for all expenses related to your injury, including medications and medical devices.
  • Any communication with your employer or insurance company about your injury.

4. File a workers’ compensation claim

Filing a workers’ compensation claim is the next critical step. In New York, you must file a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Board by filling out a Form C-3, which can be done online. This form should be filed within two years of the injury date.

Our firm can help ensure that your claim is filed accurately and on time, which can significantly impact its success.

5. Follow up on your claim

After filing your claim, follow up to ensure that it is being processed. Insurance companies may delay or deny claims, so proactive communication is key.

The Weinstein Law Group specializes in workers’ compensation claims. We can handle follow-ups and appeals if your claim is denied, ensuring that you are adequately represented and your case is compellingly presented.

6. Know your rights

Understanding your rights is fundamental when dealing with work injuries. You are entitled to compensation for your medical costs, part of your lost wages if you cannot work, and more, depending on the severity of your injury.

Meeting with our skilled attorneys can provide you with detailed guidance tailored to the specifics of your case, helping you understand your rights and the best course of action.

We’re here for you every step of the way

Knowing what to do after an injury at work can significantly affect the outcome of your case and your recovery path. Prompt action, proper documentation, and professional legal representation are key elements that help ensure you receive the benefits and compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured at work, don’t hesitate to contact The Weinstein Law Group – we work hard to get you the full benefits you deserve.

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