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Manhattan Workers Comp Lawyer

A workplace injury can leave you in a bad situation where you’re in need of workers compensation benefits to cover your medical bills and maintain your income. Get the most from your benefits by retaining the services of a Manhattan workers comp lawyer.

If you find yourself injured in an accident while you are on the job, you may not know what you need to do to move forward in your life. You may be unsure how to handle your relationship with your employer. You may not even be sure that you’re receiving all of the compensation you deserve—especially if some time has passed since the accident occurred.

Luckily, there are options available to ensure you receive all of the benefits you’re entitled to under New York state law. By hiring a Manhattan workers comp lawyer from Finkelstein, Meirowitz & Eidlisz, LLP, you put yourself in the best position possible to make your claims process as smooth as possible.

Understanding the Timeline of Workers Compensation Claims

One of the most important factors your Manhattan workers comp lawyer will help you with is the timeline of your claim. Receiving your benefits hinges on following the proper protocols and time constraints—without doing so, you face the risk of losing the right to claim your benefits at all. Although you have two years after your accident to submit your claim to the Workers’ Compensation Board, you should aim to get this step done as soon as possible.

First and foremost, you will need to get any medical treatment to care for your injuries immediately after your accident. Although the full extent of your injuries may not be noticeable right away, it’s important to get a doctor’s diagnosis of your condition. Within forty-eight hours of your accident, your doctor should have provided you with a preliminary medical report.

Next, you’ll need to make sure you notify your employer of your accident. This will need to be done in writing, within no more than thirty days from the day that your accident occurred.

Once these first two steps have been completed, you should receive a written statement from your employer’s insurance company regarding your rights under workers compensation laws. Once all is said and done, if your claim is approved, you’ll begin receiving payments approximately fourteen days after your employer’s report is received.

What to Do if Your Claim Is Denied

Sadly, your claim won’t always be approved. More often than not, the denial of a work comp claim isn’t actually a just or right decision. Many insurance companies will do everything they can to try and limit their payout amounts, even if the victim is actually deserving of compensation. For example, they may try to insinuate that your injury wasn’t the result of a workplace accident—rather, that it was sustained while you were off the clock.

In other instances, your claim may be approved, but the insurance company may try to suggest that your injuries aren’t as substantial as you say they are, and they may try to refuse you compensation for your medical claims. In these scenarios, you’re often left struggling to pay your medical bills out of pocket, further worsening your recovery period.

In either case, your Manhattan workers comp lawyer will prove to be invaluable. We will use our legal prowess and expertise to work with the insurance company and your employer to ensure your full benefits. Our firm will build a strong case based on evidence and professional testimony to prove your eligibility for full workers compensation benefits.

Benefits You Can Receive Under Work Comp

There are a few benefits you can receive once your workers compensation claim is approved. Some of the benefits you may be able to collect include the following:

  • Compensation for any medical expenses you may have incurred as a result of your workplace accident
  • Reimbursement for any costs required to make a career change due to your accident
  • Damages for any permanent or semi-permanent injuries you may have sustained
  • If your workplace accident resulted in injuries that lasted at least twelve months or more, you may be able to collect Social Security Disability benefits in addition to your workers compensation benefits
  • Reimbursement for lost wages, usually equivalent to about two-thirds of your weekly salary

You Are Protected from Retaliation by Your Employer

Many injured workers hesitate to file a claim because they mistakenly believe that receiving workers compensation is equivalent to suing their employer. This is not the case, as workers compensation is a form of insurance policy that for-profit employers are required to carry in case workers get hurt on the job. In fact, one of the purposes of work comp is to prevent employers from being sued by hurt employees, so you don’t have to worry about this.

However, it is true that some employers try to pressure injured workers into not filing for benefits. They do this because they worry that too many claims will result in an increase to their premiums. If your employer is doing this to you, your Manhattan workers comp lawyer can help you interact with your employer so that you can get the benefits you are legally entitled to.

We can speak with your employer to make your situation and need for compensation clear. We’ll also make certain that they understand that you cannot be punished for seeking the benefits you are legally entitled to.

Turn to a Manhattan Workers Compensation Attorney

If you are in need of legal assistance as you prepare to file your workers compensation claim, you can find the help you need with Finkelstein, Meirowitz & Eidlisz, LLP. With over 22,000 cases under our belts and forty years of experience on our side, we can ensure the best chance for successfully obtaining work comp benefits for your workplace accident.

To speak with a Manhattan workers comp lawyer from our team to discuss your claim during a free consultation, give us a call. We can be reached by phone at 212-385-9190. We can also be reached online through our contact form, which is located at the bottom of the page.

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