Workplace injuries are very common – in fact, almost 3% of full-time workers sustained a non-fatal injury at work. Construction is a particularly dangerous occupation, and 87 workers died in New York City construction accidents in 2017.
Do you know what to do if you are hurt at work? Below are our top actions to take:
Get Medical Treatment
You may get emergency treatment on the scene, or get help from an on-site doctor or nurse. You can ask your employer for a referral to a provider approved by the New York Workers’ Compensation Board. Important – if you refuse treatment or fail to go to an approved provider, your employer may decline to pay your medical expenses.
Let your doctor know all about your injuries and how they affect your ability to work. Make sure that he or she understands how your work caused the injury, so all forms must show that you were injured on the job. Explain how any chemicals or other substances to which you were exposed contributed to your illness.
Complete an Accident Report
Notify your employer in writing about your injury. Per New York law, you have 30 days from the date of the incident to notify your employer. If you fail to meet this deadline, you may lose your rights.
Your written explanation should include how you were injured, and what activities you were doing, where the accident occurred and the date and time. Your employer must subsequently file a Workers’ Compensation Form C-2F – be sure you get a copy of this report.
Get a Disability Rating from Your Physician
A physician’s opinion on your disability rating, or how your injury affects your ability to work, is essential to determining your Workers’ Compensation (WC) benefits. Your injury must be assessed as to whether it is temporary or permanent, and total or partial.
It’s a good idea to keep a journal to track your physical symptoms, doctors’ appointments, medications, and missed work.
File a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Initiate your WC claim by submitting a Form C-3. Failing to meet the deadline – 2 years from the date of the accident or from the date you found that you have an occupational disease – will jeopardize your rights to WC disability and medical benefits.
If negligence was involved in your injury, you might have a separate personal injury claim. Get information on anyone else involved in the accident such as other drivers, the owner of a construction site or manufacturer of equipment.
If you have been hurt at work, it’s a good idea to reach out to an attorney experienced in workplace injuries and construction accidents. We are here to help.
Let Us Know If You Have Been Injured at Your Workplace
If you or a family member has been harmed by a defective product, car accident, truck accident, construction accident, slip and fall or any other type of personal injury, please contact StolzenbergCortelli, LLC Attorneys at Law immediately. Please call us for a free consultation at our locations in New York County, Rockland County, and Westchester County. Attorneys Howard Stolzenberg and Terrence James Cortelli, personal injury attorneys in White Plains, Nyack and New York City, will fight to secure justice for you and your family. You can reach us at 800-494-0889 or contact us via the website.