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Finding a Healthcare Provider

Posted On: December 19, 2018

Finding a Healthcare Provider 

You can find a list of authorized healthcare providers on the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board website (wcb.ny.gov) or by calling (800) 781-2362. Your primary healthcare physician or other doctor may be authorized by the Board. In this case, you may receive treatment from them. 

If the insurer uses a set network of providers, known as a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), you are required to use authorized healthcare providers from within this network. If you are dissatisfied with your care after 30 days of treatment, you may use an authorized healthcare provider outside the PPO. 

Similarly, the insurer may use a facility network for diagnostic tests, in which case you would be required to use a provider in the network for any diagnostic tests. In the case of diagnostic network of PPO, the insurer must provide you with a notice of the requirements. 

Please note that in the case of a medical emergency, you may use any healthcare or diagnostic provider. In every situation, it is important to inform the medical professional that your injury or illness occurred at work. The providers will then know to forward any bills to the insurer, instead of to you. 

If you retain Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn, our attorneys can help you find an appropriate healthcare or diagnostic provider. 

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim.

[1] OSHA, Workplace Violence Prevention, https://www.osha.gov/dte/grant_materials/fy10/sh-20865-10/08_workplace_violence_2012.ppt

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Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers

Posted On: December 05, 2018

Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers  

New York State Workers’ Compensation law covers all New York State volunteer firefighters and most New York State volunteer ambulance workers. Volunteer ambulance companies that are not under contract with New York State or a political subdivision (county, city, town, etc) are not required to have workers’ compensation insurance, but may provide optional coverage. 

If you are a volunteer firefighter or volunteer ambulance worker who has been injured or become ill in the line of duty, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. If you are unsure if your circumstance would be considered “in the line of duty”, you may call any of our offices to set up a free consultation and be advised on your rights. 

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim.

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