Injured On The Job
The team at Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn has years of experience dealing with victims who have been injured on the job throughout Long Island and New York. Finding good representation is oftentimes difficult, but with our firm you will be left in good hands.
Injured on the Job Steps to Follow
If you have been injured on the job, there are a few simple steps you should follow in order to give yourself the best chance to be compensated for the injury.
OBTAIN first aid or other necessary medical treatment as soon as possible. The treating health care provider must be authorized by the Workers' Compensation Board, except in an emergency situation. You can find out more information about authorized providers and locate authorized providers in the Injured Workers or Health Care Providers sections of this website or by calling 1-800-781-2362.
If your employer has been authorized to participate in a Preferred Provider Organization(PPO) or Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) program, you may be required to obtain medical treatment from a participating health care provider. Participating employers are required to notify their employees, in writing, of all information pertaining to a PPO or ADR program.
Also, if you are in need of diagnostic tests or prescription medicine, your employer or your workers' compensation insurance carrier may require you to obtain your tests or your medicine from a diagnostic network or designated pharmacies or a network of pharmacies they have contracted with. It is required that you receive written notice if you are required to utilize a diagnostic network or designated pharmacies or a network of pharmacies.
The cost of necessary medical services is paid by your employer or your employer's insurance carrier, if the case is not disputed. Health care providers may request that injured workers sign form A-9. This form is meant to provide notice to the injured worker that he or she may be responsible to pay the medical bills if the Workers' Compensation Board disallows the claim or the injured worker does not pursue the claim. Make sure you are following the proper sets in order to ensure you are getting exactly what you are owed.
NOTIFY your supervisor about the injury and the way in which it occurred, as soon as possible. An injured employee who fails to inform his or her employer, in writing, within 30 days after the date of the accident causing the injury, may lose the right to workers' compensation benefits. In the case of occupational disease, notification should be given within two years after disablement, or within two years after the claimant knew or should have known that the disease was work-related, whichever is later).
COMPLETE a claim for workers' compensation on Form C-3 and mail it to the nearest office of the Workers' Compensation Board, if there is lost-time. If a claim is not filed within two years from the date of the injury or disablement from an occupational disease, (or after disablement and after you knew, or should have known that the disease was work-related), you may lose your right to benefits.
THEREAFTER . . . .
- Follow doctor's instructions to speed full recovery.
- Attend an Independent Medical Examination if you are required to do so.
- Go back to work as soon as you are able.
- Attend such hearings as may be held in the case, when you are notified to appear.
Benefits of Documenting Work Injury
If you have sustained a work injury, documentation could prove vital. There are details that can turn any case around. So, be sure to pay attention to the small stuff, as you never know what can make a case stronger. Injured on the job documentation is a necessary step in the compensation process, as it can paint a clearer picture of the events transpiring up to and after the event. And not for nothing, but people'e memories can falter and it is much easier to remember the turn of events when it is more recently in your mind.
Injured on the Job Representation
If you were injured on the job, you may be entitled to some compensation. Please contact one of our Long Island offices today for a free consultation. We may be able to provide you with our outstanding representation and help you receive the compensation you deserve! Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn have multiple offices across Long Island:
- Garden City
We hope the convenience of these locations suits your needs. We pride ourselves in helping people get the workers' compensation benefits they so rightly deserve. Please give us a call today to speak to our knowledgeable staff and we can provide you with any and all information you your situation demands.