When you suffer a workplace injury, it is important you handle it properly. Otherwise you may be prone to missing out on some compensation. Here are some tips on how to properly handle your workers compensation claim.
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When Do I Report a Workplace Injury?
It obviously goes without saying that the sooner you can report an work injury, the better. You must notify your employer of the injury as soon as possible. This holds especially true for those who need to seek medical treatment for the work injury. Sometimes, you may not immediately know you are injured. Which is why it is also crucial to go to the doctor as soon as you can. This way you have documentation about the injury, which helps your case down the line.
For the most part, it is best to notify your employer within 14 days of any incident. But we recommend as soon as possible. Since workers’ compensation is no-fault, there’s no reason to wait around. Best to get your claim in soon. And since it is no-fault, you do not have to worry about gathering evidence. Simply report what happened to your employer and get treatment as soon as possible. However, if the claim is denied, that is when you need our Long Island law firm to step in and get you your rightful compensation.
How Should I Inform My Employer About The Injury?
The first person you should inform about the work injury is your direct supervisor. If that is not possible, then anyone in an authoritative position, which includes Human Resources. The notification can be verbal and does not necessarily have to be in writing. When you notify your employer, you may get forms to fill out where you will share the details of the incident.
If your employer is unwilling to file a claim on your behalf, then you can go directly to the Division of Workers’ Compensation and file a claim yourself. And get in touch with our workers comp law firm to get every advantage you can.
How Much Time Do I Have To File a Workers’ Comp Claim?
When it comes to filing the workers’ comp claim, there is a maximum of two years. The timer for submission begins the moment of the work injury or illness or the date of the last compensation payment. Whichever date is more recent.
Then there is the tricky area of sustaining a long-term illness. In this case, the report must be filed within the two years of the employee becoming aware of their condition that was related to their work environment. For example, if you have hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to loud noise at your workplace, then you have two years from the date you became aware that your hearing was deteriorating from your workplace conditions. This is why it is important to go to the doctors office, since they can establish a date for you and help you with your claim.