Search

WHAT IS WORKERS' COMPENSATION? IS IT A LAWSUIT?

What is Workers' Compensation? Workers' Compensation is a form of no-fault insurance.  Before New York adopted Workers' Compensation laws, the injured workers' only remedy was to sue his/her employer in the courts, like in personal injury suits.  It could be years before the employee would see an outcome, and a totally disabled worker would often be left with no income in the meantime.  The employer, who evidently could afford the better lawyers, had the upper hand duri

WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET HURT AT WORK

When you have an accident at work, you should first and foremost seek medical assistance. You will only be entitled to benefits from the date of your first medical examination that gives evidence of your work-related disability, so even as a precaution, you should seek medical assistance on the same day of your accident. It is also important that you seek medical assistance from a hospital (if it is a serious injury) or a medical professional who is familiar with the w

HOW TO FILE A WORKERS' COMP CLAIM

Whether or not you have lost any time from work as a result of your work accident, you should file a workers’ compensation claim with the New York Workers’ Compensation Board. Although the law allows you to initiate a work-related claim up to 2 years after the date of the work accident (or in case of an occupational disease, 2 years after the date you knew or should have known that you had a work-related disease or illness), you should file your claim as soon as possi