If you have been injured at work in New York, you might be eligible for workers compensation benefits. But filing for workers compensation can be a confusing process. And if you don't do it right, you may not get all the money and benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one was injured, it's wise to understand how workers compensation process works.
Our New York City workers compensation law firm has years of experience handling these cases. We help people who have been injured at work navigate the system. Below, we share some of our insights into the workers compensation process.
If you don't see your specific question listed below, don't panic. Simply contact us. And if you're ready to get help with your claim, we're ready to help you. Schedule a free evaluation with us at one of our 12 offices in New York.
- How much time do I have to file my workers comp claim?
- Where do I file my workers comp claim in New York?
- Do I have to notify my employer that I'm filing for workers compensation?
- What forms do I need to fill out to obtain workers compensation benefits?
- Can I fill out my workers compensation claim form online?
- Can I file my workers compensation claim in person?
- Do I need to see a doctor before I can file for workers compensation?
- Am I eligible for workers comp benefits in New York if I live in another state?
- Can I file a claim for a loved one who's injured?
- Can a lawyer help me file a workers compensation claim?
How much time do I have to file my workers comp claim?
From the time of your injury or the date when your medical condition was first diagnosed, you have 2 years to file your claim under New York State law. If you are not sure if your injury meets these time requirements, contact our law firm.
Where do I file my workers comp claim in New York?
The New York State Workers' Compensation Board handles all workers compensation claims. You should file your claim with this board. You can learn more about the claim process by contacting the compensation board or contacting us 24 hours a day at 1-800-692-3717.
Do I have to notify my employer that I'm filing for workers compensation?
Yes. Even if you're dealing directly with the NY Workers' Compensation Board, you still need to tell your employer that you have a workplace-related injury. You have 30 days to notify your employer in writing that you sustained a workplace-related injury. If you do not tell your employer within 30 days, you could jeopardize the outcome of your claim.
What forms do I need to fill out to obtain workers compensation benefits?
You will need to file a C-3 form with the New York Workers' Compensation Board. This 2-page-long form might seem straightforward. But if you do not fill out this form exactly right, you claim could be denied. That's why it's critical that you consult with us. We can help you complete your form and get the medical care you need to get better.
Can I fill out my workers compensation claim form online?
Yes. The NYS Workers' Compensation Board has a website where injured workers can file a claim online. However, it's important to remember that your online form must be completed exactly right. Otherwise, you claim could be denied and you won't receive the compensation you deserve for your injury.
Can I file my workers compensation claim in person?
Yes. The Compensation Board has several offices throughout the state. In New York City, there are three offices - Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. However, we strongly advise you to contact our law firm before you submit your claim form. We can explain how to fill out your form and guide you through the process, one step at a time.
Do I need to see a doctor before I can file for workers compensation?
No. But we strongly advise our clients to seek medical attention right away for several reasons. First, your health matters most. If you were hurt on the job, you should see a doctor right away. Second, you might have trouble obtaining benefits if you don't see a doctor. The Compensation Board might question just how seriously you're injured if you haven't sought medical attention.
Am I eligible for workers comp benefits in New York if I live in another state?
Yes. Even if you live in New Jersey, Connecticut or another state, you can still receive workers compensation benefits from New York if you were injured while working in New York. You could even be eligible for NYS workers' compensation benefits if you live in another state and your accident happened outside of New York, especially if your company is based in New York. Confused? Not sure if you're eligible? Simply contact us.
Can I file a claim for a loved one who's injured?
Yes. If your spouse or another loved one is injured and cannot physically fill out the form, you can file a claim on their behalf.
Can a lawyer help me file a workers compensation claim?
Yes. That's what we do every day. We help injured workers throughout New York get the benefits they deserve. We know how to fill out all the necessary forms. We know what information the NYS Workers' Compensation Board is looking for when people apply for benefits. You have too much at stake after your accident. Simply contact our law firm. We can help you get the benefits you need to get your life back on track.