How to File a Workers’ Comp Claim in Queens
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Filing a workers’ compensation claim in New York can be a bit difficult if you do not know much about the legal process, as most workers in the state do not. To try to make things a little easier for you, head to the Harris Firm, LLC in Queens. Our workers’ compensation lawyers can assist you from start to finish with any claim or case, starting with sharing some basic information you should know about how to file a claim.
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Basic Steps to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim
In any workers’ compensation claim in New York, there are five things that must happen:
- Qualify for workers’ comp: Not all workers are eligible for workers’ compensation coverage. Specifically, you need to be a qualifying employee, not an independent contractor in most cases. Also, you have to be hurt while completing a job-related duty.
- Report your injury to your employer: You need to inform your employer that you were injured at work or while completing a job-related duty. Your report should be given within the hour or the same day at the latest. Legally, you must inform your employer within 30 days, or your right to get workers’ compensation can be removed.
- Gather information about your accident and injury: Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, but that does not mean that evidence is not useful. Gather information about our accident, how and why it happened, and what injuries it caused you to suffer. When you file your claim, this information will help you back your statements in case there is any doubt.
- Complete a C-3 employee claim form: In New York, workers’ compensation insurance claims begin with a C-3 employee claim form. You can retrieve this form offline from the New York Workers’ Compensation Board, or you should be able to get one from your employer. Either way, it should be free. Fill it out as much as possible.
- Submit it to your employer: The last step is to submit the completed form to your employer, so they can use it to forward the claim to their workers’ compensation insurance provider.
At any point in this process, if you feel confused or worried, then you should pause and get a workers’ compensation attorney on your side. We would be happy to explain your rights and options in full detail, so you can feel confident about your future again.
How Often are Benefits Paid?
In a typical workers’ compensation case, benefits are paid to the claimant once every two weeks. Once the first receipt of the injured worker’s medical treatment is submitted, the insurance company has up to 18 days to get the first payment to the claimant. Assuming you qualified for wage replacement benefits, the bi-weekly payments will include two-thirds of your average pre-injury wages and any repayments you are owed for necessary medical treatment costs if any.
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We hope this quick rundown of New York’s workers’ compensation filing process is helpful. But it is completely understandable if you still think you need legal counsel. Get our Queens attorneys on the phone now by dialing (718) 487-8669, tell us what happened, and we can discuss what should happen next. Remember: All initial consultations are free!
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