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Workers' Compensation Process Archives

The workers' compensation claim process

If you were injured on the job, you may be in a great deal of physical and emotional pain. Additionally, you may be suffering financially if you are unable to work because of your injuries. Fortunately, injured workers in New York may be able to apply for worker's compensation benefits. In order to apply for these benefits and file a successful claim, it is important to understand the worker's compensation process.

Working to obtain the workers' compensation benefits you deserve

It can happen in an instant, but the fallout can last far longer. An unexpected event causes a workplace injury, and you are left wondering how to deal with it. Who do I talk to? How will I cover expenses if I miss work? These questions and more deserve answers, and those suffering should know that there is help out there.

How is my benefit for lost wages calculated?

One important step in New York's workers' compensation process is figuring out how much an injured worker will receive in order to compensate him or her for lost wages. Along with reimbursement for medical bills and expenses, the benefit an injured Schenectady resident receives for lost income is perhaps the most important aspect of the workers' compensation safety net, since an injured worker could otherwise be left without a livelihood while he or she recovers from an injury.

Helping injured workers with work comp appeals

As a previous post on this blog discussed, while New York's workers' compensation process is designed to get a Schenectady, New York, resident back on his or her feet quickly after a workplace accident, sometimes there are disputes between the injured employee, the employer and the employer's insurance company.

How a workers' compensation appeal works in NY

Although every Schenectady, New York, worker who gets hurt or falls ill while on the job hopes that the workers' compensation process will go smoothly for them, such is unfortunately not always the case. Whether there is a legitimate legal dispute or an employer or insurance company is simply taking an aggressive settlement position, a worker may wind up having to pursue an appeal in order to get the benefits he or she both needs and deserves.

Know the timeline of the workers' compensation process

When workers in New York suffer an injury on the job, fear and confusion are oftentimes the most immediate emotional responses. The unfortunate reality is that workplace accidents occur frequently, so at any given time there are usually thousands of workers in New York who may be involved in some stage of the workers' compensation process. New York residents who find themselves in this position need to know what to expect from that process.

Following the steps in the workers' compensation process

When workers in New York get injured on the job, there are some immediate concerns to address. First and foremost, injured workers need to seek the medical treatment that is necessary to address the injury and begin the path toward recovery. If the injury is serious enough, most of an injured employee's co-workers will know about it and will, hopefully, do everything they can to let management know about the situation and get emergency medical personnel on the scene quickly. However, after the initial medical treatment is received, there are certain steps that need to be taken in order for the injured worker to get through the workers' compensation process.

The title 'independent medical examination doctor' is a misnomer

Workers in the state of New York are subject to workers compensation laws that are among the strictest in the country. If you are ever hurt at work, you will likely speak to a doctor to determine the extent of your injury. To handle your claim, your employer may require you to see a doctor who is not your primary care physician. Instead, you could see an independent medical examination doctor for an evaluation.

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