Absolutely! Yes, you can get compensated even if you don’t lose work hours. There are many injuries that allow you to continue to go to work. However, they may also interfere with your life in general. Things such as a broken foot or arm can interfere but you are still capable of doing your job. In many cases, getting back to work sooner will result in an even higher final cash award for your injury.
Workers’ Compensation is insurance that businesses must carry if they have employees. Your claim will be placed in front of the Workers’ Compensation Board and determined if you have any such benefits that should be awarded to you.
To be eligible for Workers’ Compensation, the fault of anyone party is not taken into consideration. However, the Board will throw out any claims if you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It will also throw out claims that the worker was deliberately trying to harm themselves or someone else.
Keep in mind that insurance companies are not in business to shell out lots of cash. They are not going to play nice. This is why you should never try to represent yourself in legal matters. Hire someone that knows the law and the system and can work hard for you.
Even if it is a minor injury, always file a claim, let your employer know, and seek medical attention. This protects your rights down the road, should this be an issue that becomes a much bigger issue.
You may lose the right to medical care and the benefits of workers’ compensation.
Can I collect unemployment or other disability payments if I am not collecting workers’ compensation and I cannot work?
Sometimes, this is on a case by case basis. The worker must be deemed as too injured to perform the tasks at work that are expected at their job. If they can perform lighter duty tasks, but there aren’t any available, then you can file for unemployment. The injured worker can also file for workers’ compensation while on unemployment and should file for the state of New York’s disability benefits as well.
Yes, if the injury is minor and not other claims are needed, the claim to have your medical costs covered can be your only claim.
Yes! You can. The Social Security Administration will simply adjust the amount, taking into consideration your Workers’ Compensation. We can help you with that as well.
Yes. There are many cases of injuries due to repetitive motion or illnesses to due prolonged exposure to various substances. For these types of cases, you don’t really have a necessary accident.
All chiropractors and physicians can treat an injured worker and get paid. You should also see a medical professional at least once a month, should you feel you still cannot work, so you have medical proof.
No. We will never send you a bill for our legal services in a Workers’ Compensation claim.