When someone is injured on the job, they are often eligible for workers’ compensation. If they are not entitled to workers’ compensation, they may be able to obtain compensation through a filing a legal claim with the assistance of an experienced New York, New York injury on the job lawyer. If you have been injured at work, it’s important you understand what to do next so that you can preserve your legal options. That way, when you speak with an experienced New York, NY injury on the job lawyer from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C., you can make an informed decision without having to settle for a lesser option because your legal situation has been compromised by time and/or circumstance.
1. Receive Medical Attention
If your injuries warrant a visit to the emergency room, don’t deny yourself that care. Your health is first on the list of what you should take care of. If you don’t need emergency care, you may want to speak to your employer about which physicians are covered under its workers’ compensation policy. You may be able to obtain that information from the workers’ compensation board in your state as well.
2. Report the Incident
It’s your responsibility to report the incident to your employer. If your employer witnessed the accident, and you are able, verbally report it in the moment just to ensure it gets taken care of. In some states you don’t have to report it if the employer was a witness to what happened. There is a time limit in which you have to report the incident, so be aware of your state’s limit. In many states it’s 30 days, though it could be longer or shorter. Although, if the accident isn’t reported immediately, that could impact your legal options later on. If you’re concerned about retaliation, consider speaking with a New York, NY injury on the job lawyer immediately so that you can strategize when/how to report your accident.
If you are in a coma or otherwise mentally unable, your deadline for reporting the accident would generally be extended. There are other exceptions as well that a New York, NY injury on the job lawyer can explain to you.
3. Stay in Contact With Your Employer
After you have reported the incident to your employer, you should stay in contact to ensure they have reported it to the workers’ compensation commission and their insurance provider. There are deadlines associated with that report as well. If your employer refuses to file the claim, or drops the ball for one reason or another, you can contact the commission for direction on getting the proper paperwork filed. Your attorney can walk you through this process as well.
Contacting Your Attorney
Call a New York, NY injury on the job lawyer today to learn more about workers’ compensation coverage and alternative means for obtaining any compensation you may be entitled to. Time is of the essence, so don’t wait. Call today. We look forward to speaking with you.