Posted Aug 2016
When filing a workers’ compensation claim there are a few things you need to keep in mind. As with any set of laws, the NYS Workers’ Compensation system can be a difficult one to navigate alone. If you are injured while working there are things you can do to help secure your claim and protect yourself.
Tell your Employer ASAP
If you get injured on the job, don’t wait, tell an authoritative figure with your employer. Each employer has different policies for reporting on-the-job injuries, so if you were injured on the job, be sure you report it immediately. Don’t wait for the pain to go away. Not reporting can result in a loss of benefits.
Be sure, when reporting the injury you completely and legibly fill out any accident report documents given to you by your employer. This form will likely be the first formal notification you are giving your employer. Be sure to mention exact details of your accident and any affected body sites, even if they are not where your pain is centralized.
As with any set of laws, the NYS Workers’ Compensation system can be intimidating and difficult to navigate alone. Hiring a good attorney should be at the top of your list if you are hurt as it allows you to relax and focus on getting better, rather than trying to figure out state laws and paperwork on your own.
Fill Out the C-3, Employee Claim Form
It is also necessary to file an additional form with the Workers’ Compensation Board which will initiate a claim through the State. There are timely claim filing requirements which if not followed, could result in the denial of your claim. Do not wait for your employer to file documents for you. You must be proactive on your own case.
See a Doctor
Up to date medical evidence which gives a history of your accident and symptoms, a diagnosis, and a statement of causal relationship are all necessary in successfully getting your Workers’ Comp claim established. Most family and primary care doctors do not accept work injuries anymore. We can help you find a doctor that will see you for your injury.
Keep Records of All Expenses Related to Your Treatment
Keep track of your out-of-pocket expenses as these are generally reimbursable. Keep receipts for parking lot fees, bandages and over the counter medicines. You could even keep track of your mileage traveled to your physician or independent medical examiner.
Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be a daunting task. However, if you don’t wait to report the injury, hire an experienced attorney and see an authorized physician, you will be making this process much easier on yourself.