There are three essential things that everybody should do when filing for workers’ compensation. Fulfilling these guidelines will ensure that your case goes smoothly, and you will receive the maximum amount of benefits for your case.
1. The first task, which is very important and critical to your case, is giving notice. The best and most effective way to do this would be to fill out an accident report. If you gave your notice verbally, make sure you write down exactly who you told and when you told them. The verbal notice must be given to a supervisor, not a fellow employee. Doing this makes sure that you have proof that you informed somebody of your injury at work.
2. The second step you need to take is to receive medical treatment. When you receive medical treatment, make sure that you give your doctor your medical and work history. With your medical and work history, they will be able to make a conclusion on the relationship between your injury and your work. You can’t just go to the doctor and tell them something hurts. You must explain why it hurts and why and how it is a result of the work that you are doing.
3. The final thing you need to know is that you must file your claim within two years. There is a two-tier statute of limitations on workers’ compensation claims, meaning that you must inform your employer within 30 days, then file your claim within those two years.
At MCV Law, we take the time to ensure that you've satisfied the three key elements of your workers' compensation case. It's our mission to help you get your life back and maximize your reward under the New York State Workers' Compensation law.
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