Please visit our Medical Treatment Guidelines page for FAQ regarding the new guidelines.
Workers’ Compensation is an insurance paid to injured workers by your employer, that provides cash benefits and medical care if you become disabled because of an injury or illness related to your job. All employees are entitled to Workers’ Compensation.
All injuries causally related to your job, including occupational diseases.
All jobs are covered except for NYC Police Officers, NYC Firefighters and NYC teachers.
Notify your employer within 30 days and then see a Doctor. It is strongly recommended that you contact us, or another worker’s compensation firm.
Once your employer has filed an accident report with their insurance company and your doctor files a report saying you are currently disabled from work.
Yes, if your work activities caused or contributed to the condition.
No. You should refer them to your attorney’s office.
A nurse case manager can only accompany you if you or your lawyer grant permission.
No, it is illegal for your employer to fire you for filing a claim. If they do, you can file a discrimination case with the Workers’ Compensation Board.
Yes, as long as he or she is coded by the Workers’ Compensation Board. Please call our office for a list of Compensation Doctors near you.
Yes. An injured worker is entitled to a cash award for an injury to an arm, leg, hand or foot as well as vision and hearing loss even if you did not lose time from work. You are also entitled to a cash award for a facial disfigurement.
Yes, you must tell your boss or employer about your accident within 30 days of the date of accident in order to qualify for workers’ compensation.
No, although its preferred, it is not required. You may notify your employer or boss orally.
In most circumstances, it is advisable that you retain an attorney. Please contact our office for a free consultation.
Attorneys do not charge but are awarded a fee by the judge out of the injured workers’ benefits, only if the attorney is successful in obtaining compensation. There are no out of pocket expenses for legal representation.
You have 30 days from the date of injury or two years from the date of the accident. This statute of limitations has been extended for 911 workers and those who suffer from occupational diseases.
You are entitled to coverage as of the first day of the job.
How much a worker receives in workers’ compensation benefits is determined by the average weekly salary for one year prior to the date of injury and the worker’s current degree of disability.
Yes, if caused by conditions on the job such as, but not limited to, diseases caused by asbestos or 9-11.
Yes. However, you must be removed from noise exposure for 6 months.
Yes, but only to release medicals for treatment related to your accident.
If you or a family member is killed on the job, the decedent’s dependents are entitled to weekly benefits.
You are still entitled to benefits for the injury caused by your accident on the job.
The workers’ compensation insurance carrier for your employer covers all causally related medical bills.
It is likely that you will have to attend at least one hearing.
The injured worker is entitled to reimbursement for their travel expenses related to their occupational trauma. This includes but is not limited to travel to and from the doctor’s office, physical therapy, chiropractor, x-rays, MRI scans, and for evaluations by the Employer/Carrier’s medical consultant. The current mileage reimbursement rate is 55 cents per mile.
Unless your case is permanently closed under Section 32 of the Workers’ Compensation Code, you have the right to life time medical care and can reopen your claim with the proper medical report.
The Medical Treatment Guidelines are evidence based standards of care and best practices for the medical treatment of work related injuries.
Use of the Guidelines is mandatory for treatment rendered to the mid and low back, the knee, the shoulder and the neck for dates of service on or after December 1, 2010, regardless of the date of injury.
The Treatment Guidelines do not have to be adhered to if emergent medical care is necessary.
By contacting our office at (212) 966-3730, or visiting us for a free consultation at:
291 Broadway, Suite 1600
New York, NY 10007