You Were Injured At Work. What Next?
Filing a workers’ compensation claim has many complex steps that can feel overwhelming, especially if you are also trying to recover from an injury. It is crucial to complete every step thoroughly, or you risk having your claim rejected.
Law Office of Frank A. Cetero provides the guidance that you need when filing your workers’ compensation claim. With over 50 years of combined legal experience, our lawyers have helped thousands of clients throughout New York successfully recover benefits. Here, we will break down the steps of New York’s application process for workers’ compensation benefits.
How Do I File For Workers’ Comp In New York?
1. Seek medical treatment
Immediately after your injury, you should seek medical treatment. If necessary, call an ambulance. Your doctor should complete a Doctor’s Initial Report Form (C-4), which is a preliminary medical report on your illness or injury.
2. Report your injury
As soon as possible, report the incident to your supervisor. Within 30 days, your supervisor should inform your employer of the accident. Your employer should report your injury to the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board within 10 days of notification.
3. Complete an Employee Claim (C-3)
Next, you should complete a form called the Employee Claim (C-3). In this document, you will outline the facts of your injury to the Board. Submit the form to your regional Board office within two years of your injury.
4. Approval or rejection of claim
Then, your employer’s insurer will either accept or reject your claim. If it accepts your claim, then you will soon receive benefit payments. However, if the insurance company rejects your claim, then you may need to work with an attorney to file an appeal.
Remember, every workplace injury is different. For advice on your unique situation, speak to a personal injury attorney at Law Office of Frank A. Cetero.
What’s Next? Ask An Attorney.
These steps can seem complicated, but you do not have to complete them alone. A skilled, caring attorney at Law Office of Frank A. Cetero can work with you every step of the way, striving to recover maximum compensation. Get a free consultation at our law office in Suffolk County. Call 631-517-0941 or send us an email.