After a workplace injury, many New York employees depend on workers’ compensation to make sure their bills get paid. However, making a mistake could cost you the benefits you deserve or even your future employment. What mistakes should you avoid?
1. Failing to meet reporting deadlines
Workers in New York should report their injuries to their employer as soon as possible. You must notify them in writing within 30 days of an accident. Reporting creates a record that your employer was aware of the injury.
2. Failing to meet claim deadlines
You also need to meet deadlines for filing your claim. Filing a claim must be done within two years of your accident. For work-related injuries or illnesses that are not related to a workplace accident, you have two years from the time you became aware or should have been aware that your condition was related to your work.
3. Failing to report all injuries
Even if your injuries seem minor, it is essential to report all your injuries to your employer. Even minor symptoms could be a sign of a more serious injury. For example, difficulty concentrating after an accident may simply be a sign of stress, but it could also be an early sign that you experienced a traumatic brain injury.
Because workers’ compensation law is complex, you may want to work with an experienced attorney after a workplace injury. They can help protect your rights, ensure that you avoid these mistakes and help you get the financial support you are due.