I Was Injured on the Job; Now What?

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If you’re injured on the job, you may be entitled to certain benefits and compensation. However, a lot of that will depend on you handling the situation correctly. So review the following now in case you ever find yourself injured at your job site.

First, it should go without saying that you need to follow whatever safety requirements your job entails. If you’re supposed to wear a hard hat at your job, you need to be doing so whenever you’re at work or you’ll have a hard time getting compensation if something falls on your head. For this reason, make sure you’re always up-to-date on what your position’s safety requirements are.

Now, if an accident occurs, your first priority obviously needs to be your physical wellbeing. Obtain first aid or whatever medical treatment your injury demands. Now is not the time for documenting what happened or otherwise considering the legal ramifications of the accident. However, unless it’s an emergency, the only one who can treat you is an individual who has received prior authorization from the Workers’ Compensation Board.

Receiving your medical treatment can be a bit tricky as well. If your employer participates in the Alternate Dispute Resolution program or the Preferred Provider Organization, you may have to visit a healthcare provider who has been authorized by these bodies.

Once your wellbeing is no longer in question, contact a personal injury lawyer. So long as your injury is legitimate and through no fault of your own, your employer should be covering your expenses. However, if they contest your case, you’ll be glad you had an experienced attorney ready to look out for your best interest.

You’ll still need to fill out the workers’ compensation section of Form C-3, but having a lawyer walk you through how to do this can also make all the difference. Even if your case isn’t contested, you’ll probably have a few more hurdles that will be made easier by having an attorney.

Source:

http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/onthejob/OnTheJobInjury.jsp