If you work in the state of New York, you have a guarantee of receiving a worker’s compensation claim when you become sick or get an injury as a result of your employment. The law requires all employers to acquire a worker’s compensation insurance that caters to the medical care and cash benefits that you will receive once you get a workplace injury. 

But how do you tell if you are eligible to get a worker’s compensation plan in New York? The state of New York has a workers compensation law that covers all work-related injuries. The bill also covers illnesses that come about while in employment, such as hearing loss or asbestosis. Some of the Industry injuries that the worker’s compensation law covers include amputations, sprains, cuts, bone fractures, and burns, among other injuries. 

If you receive an injury or become sick from activities that are not in your scope of employment, such as walking to and from work, the law does not cover you. Therefore, you cannot receive a compensation claim from that. 

According to Nolo, the first thing to do immediately you receive a work injury is notifying the employer. Ensure that you make your report within 30 days from the day of the accident. Failure to do so may lead to the loss of your right to claim compensation. The reporting time frame for an occupational disease is two years from when you realized the illness is work-related. 

Your employer will issue you with a Form C-3 which you should fill and send by mail to the closest Worker’s Compensation Board. Your employer will as well mail a Form C-2 to the Worker’s compensation Board ten days after receiving your injury or occupational disease report. You should also visit a doctor that is authorized by the Worker’s compensation board to assess and determine your condition. 

This information is only for educational purposes. Do not take it for legal advice.