Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued Executive Order 202, declaring a disaster emergency on March 7, 2020, in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, thousands of businesses closed their doors in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Residents of New York are also urged to stay home as much as possible.
Those who work in industries that are still active are working harder than ever, however, even enduring longer-than-usual hours. So, these workers are more prone to injuries and job-related illnesses than ever. If you have sustained an injury or illness on the job, it's critical that you get the benefits you need.
The legal team at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano LLP Attorneys At Law will remain operational through remote technology, because we want to ensure that you get legal representation while maintaining social distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19.
We'll continue to help new and existing clients obtain workers' compensation benefits, social security disability, civil service disability, and personal injury compensation. You just need a phone, computer or tablet to get started.
How can I obtain workers' comp remotely?
As New York hunkers down, many people are turning to remote technology to practice social distancing and remote technology will also be how you can pursue a workers' compensation claim.
We'll be offering free remote consultations to new and existing clients through the following apps/features:
Do I have to physically attend my workers' compensation benefits hearing?
In response to COVID-19, the New York Workers' Compensation Board (NYS WCB) has declared that all statewide workers' compensation hearings will be conducted remotely via the Board's virtual hearings.
You may attend your hearing conveniently by downloading the NYS WCB's virtual hearing app, which can be found on the App Store or Google Play Store. All virtual hearings are conducted by video conference.
For more information on how the process works, you can visit the NYS WCB's virtual hearings page.
In addition, the deadline for filing medical evidence will be extended by 90 days. Exemptions will be granted to those who have a "reasonable excuse" related to COVID-19 for not attending independent medical examination appointments.
How can I get started on my workers' compensation benefits claim?
Contact Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano LLP Attorneys At Law online to get started on your claim. We will set up your free consultation with one of our attorneys remotely.
Our law firm has several locations within NYC and represent injured workers across New York State. We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you won't owe us money unless we win your case.