The firm at Falk & Klebanoff has years of experience handling cases of all types and many on Long Island, New York turn to us as their trusted work injury lawyer. You deserve the full benefits for your work injury and our team of lawyers will do everything in our power to get that done.
Steps To Follow After A Work Injury
When it comes to a work injury, there are some important steps to follow. We will outline these steps below. As your lawyer, we will strive to get you the full benefits for your work injury. And these steps are an effective way to ensure exactly that happens.
Seek Medical Attention
Get first aid or other necessary medical treatment as soon as possible. Unless it is an emergency and you cannot check, the the treating health care provider must be authorized by the Workers’ Compensation Board. Are you unsure? Then check before confirming with that doctor. Also, if your company participates in a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) or Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs, they may want you to go to their designated provider. This is standard procedure.
For those that may need diagnostic tests or prescription medicine, again there may be designated pharmacies or a network of pharmacies they have partnered with. So be sure to check with your employer that you follow the protocols. Complying with these protocols is the surest way to get your full benefits.
If there is no dispute at any point, the necessary medical services and treatments will be paid by an insurance carrier. Or at least partly paid. The amount you think you should be covered for is often the point of contention when it comes to these claims. We will make sure everything is in order and that you don’t pay a penny more than you should.
Contact your supervisor about the injury as soon as possible. When you do, provide details about the incident. For more injuries, then you need to contact your employer in writing within 30 days from the date of the accident. Otherwise, you may lose the rights to the workers’ compensation benefits.
This time frame adjusts for occupational illnesses, which typically allows for notification within two years of disablement or within two years after the claimant knew of should have known that the disease was work-related.
Fill Out Claim Form
This is the step where you fill out the claim form for workers’ compensation benefits. Again, do this as soon as possible as these issues are time-sensitive. Getting your claim in sooner means it is one step closer to resolve. And then you can effectively hire a work injury lawyer to handle your claim.
Once that is complete, we come to the final steps. Be sure to follow the doctor’s instructions for a speedy full recovery. After all, your health is the most crucial element to all of this. Go to any doctor’s appointments or follow-ups to make sure you are recovering properly. And when you are able, go back to work. And attend any hearings you may need to attend in the meantime pertaining to the claim.
Contact Us Today
We hope these steps are helpful in outlining how to handle a work injury and when you may need a lawyer to intervene with the compensation. Falk & Klebanoff is here to help in any way we can. Whether it is for a new claim or an old claim that was denied, we can help get you the benefits you deserve!
For more information about our representation capabilities, please contact us today. We will happily answer any questions you may have about our law firm. We also handle other types of personal injuries. So if you or someone you know injure yourself in a car accident or at a store, our law firm can help too. The number for our office is 516-564-4200. Many on Long Island, New York turn to us as the work injury lawyer they can trust!