After experiencing an injury at work, it is important you know what steps to take next. Understanding what workers’ compensation is and how the process works will help you make the decision of whether or not you should file a claim. Our professional attorneys at Losi and Gangi are very experienced when it comes to workers’ compensation cases, and can help answer any questions you may have. Continue reading to discover some of the most frequently asked questions regarding workers’ compensation.
1. What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a system of statutes put into effect by each state to provide medical, disability, and lost time benefits for employees injured on the job.
2. What is the first thing I should do if I am hurt at work?
First and foremost, you should notify your employer of the injury and explain the details regarding how the accident happened. Next, seek medical care. After this, you should contact the workers’ compensation carrier and advise them of the claim. The last thing you may want to consider, depending on the severity of the injury, is contacting a legal attorney in order to obtain the benefits in which you are entitled to and deserve. Our attorneys at Losi and Gangi will walk you through the process and make sure you are represented fairly throughout every step of your case.
3. What injuries or illnesses will be covered by workers’ compensation?
All injuries and illnesses obtained while on the job are covered by workers’ compensation. If you are hurt at work, whether it is in a construction accident or otherwise, Losi and Gangi has trained legal professionals who can help you handle the situation. Common workers’ compensation include the following:
- Burns and Electrocutions
- Foreign Object Entering Body
- Broken Bones
- Crushing Hazards
4. How does a pre-existing medical condition affect a workers’ compensation claim?
Under New York State law, it is stated that if the condition is due to a previous work-related injury that you have been receiving workers’ compensation for, then you can be eligible to receive additional compensation if the injury is further aggravated or contributed to another condition.
So, if your current work responsibilities have caused the pre-existing condition to once again require medical care and treatment, then you are likely experiencing an aggravation of your pre-existing condition and are entitled to receive workers’ compensation for this.
5. What Evidence is Needed in Order to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim
In order to file a workers’ compensation claim, you will need to provide evidence that the cause of your injury was work related. For example, if you’re a construction worker and fall off a ladder, you will need to prove this was during work and due to unsafe equipment or working conditions. Other general information that you will want to collect for a workers’ compensation claim includes:
Details of the accident:
- Time / Date of accident
- Where the injury took place
- Any witnesses and their contact info.
- Cause of the accident
- Photos of your injuries
- Contact info. of injured employee
If you have been hurt at work, don’t hesitate to get the compensation you are entitled to. Our attorneys at Losi and Gangi can help answer any questions you may have regarding workers’ compensation and ensure you are fairly represented throughout every step of your case. Contact us today or call 716-854-1446 for a free consultation.