Injured on the Job in New York?

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Does it matter who is at fault to collect workers' compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. This means that even if your actions caused the injury, you are still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. As an example, if you were not paying attention and fell at work, you would be covered. You would be entitled to payment of your medical expense and benefits to cover your lost wages. There are specific instances under which you would not receive coverage, including cases where your employer can prove you deliberately caused your injury or where the injury was caused solely by your use of drugs or alcohol.

Be careful when talking to insurance companies about your workers' compensation case

When you initially file a workers’ compensation claim, you will probably be contacted by an insurance adjuster or a representative from your company about your case. It is important to remember that the adjuster represents your employer’s insurance company and their interests, not yours. He or she may be very friendly and helpful, but ultimately his or her goal is to spend as little money as possible in resolving your workers’ compensation claim and to ensure that you return to work sooner rather than later.

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8 Steps to take to ensure workers' compensation benefits

Report the injury to your employer
Inform your employer about the accident and your injury as soon as possible. Doing so creates a record of the incident and ensures your employer is aware of your situation.
Seek medical attention
Visit a doctor authorized by the New York State Workers' Compensation Board. This step is crucial for your health and establishing medical evidence for your claim.
Complete Form C-3
Fill out the Employee Claim (Form C-3) accurately and submit it to the Workers' Compensation Board. This form initiates the claims process and is essential for receiving benefits.
Keep records of all documents
Maintain copies of all medical records, reports, and correspondence related to your injury. Thorough documentation will help support your claim and ensure you receive proper compensation.
Attend required hearings
If requested, participate in hearings before the Workers' Compensation Board. These hearings may determine your eligibility for benefits, so it's important to attend and present your case.
Follow your doctor's recommendations
Adhere to your doctor's treatment plan and attend all follow-up appointments. This demonstrates your commitment to recovery and can impact your claim's success.
Stay informed about your claim
Regularly check the status of your claim and remain in contact with the Workers' Compensation Board. Staying informed helps you address any issues that may arise during the claims process.
Contact Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C.
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Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. is exclusively a personal injury law firm. We only handle injury and death claims, so we can invest all our resources, skill, and expertise into getting you the money and benefits you deserve. This level of dedication, knowledge, experience, and talent has helped us achieve a 99% client satisfaction rate.

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Loyal for years in a New York union, Craig McKee worked hard to provide for his family. Once he was injured, his union turned their backs on him and he had to fight for what is right. 

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