Workers’ Compensation Laws on Long Island

What You Should Know About Workers’ Compensation

Have you been injured on the job? New York has laws to protect you. All employers in New York must have Workers’ Compensation insurance. The purpose of these laws is to ensure that the injured worker’s medical treatment is paid for and he is compensated for his time lost from work. However, many employers view an injured employee’s Workers’ Compensation Claim as a lawsuit against the company.

Important Considerations:

  • You must file your Workers’ Compensation Claim within two years from the date of your injury.
  • Your supervisor should be notified of your injury at the time of the accident or within 30 days. This will help you to avoid disputes with your employer on the cause of your injury.
  • Another type of injury that Workers’ Compensation can cover is the cumulative trauma injury. Cumulative trauma is the result of repetitive motion. The employer should also be notified of any cumulative trauma injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back problems, etc.

Temporary or Permanent Disability Benefits:

If you are unable to perform certain aspects of your job because of your work injury, your employer’s insurance carrier must pay you temporary partial disability benefits to compensate you for your lack of income/productivity resulting from your injury.

The same applies if you are temporarily unable to do any work at all. This benefit is called temporarily total disability.

If you have been permanently injured at work, you are eligible to receive permanent partial or permanent total disability. The amount that you are paid depends upon the level of your injury.

Medical Treatment

All of your medical treatment must be paid by the employer or their Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier. You may choose any doctor, chiropractor, psychologist, podiatrist, outpatient treatment or health maintenance organization that has been authorized by the Workers’ Compensation Board.

Act Immediately

If you have a work injury, it is vital that you obtain legal representation to get the benefits and medical treatment you need. Our firm stands ready to help you from the beginning to the end of your claim.

Contact our Long Island Workers’ Compensation lawyer, for updates on local laws.