Injured on the Job? What to do Next
For many years, the Law Offices of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP have been making sure that those seriously injured while on the job get the compensation and care that they need. Below are some necessary steps you can take in the event of any injury sustained while on the job.
The first step is to obtain first aid or medical treatment as soon as possible. Unless it is an emergency situation, it is important that the healthcare provider be authorized by the Workers’ Compensation Board to treat injured workers. If you are not in serious need of immediate care, you can locate authorized Workers Compensation Board providers by dialing 1-800-781-2362 or looking on the workers’ compensation board’s website
In addition to seeking immediate medical attention, the second thing to do is to give notice of the injury to the employer as soon as possible. A C-3 form should be filed with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board thereafter. Simply filing an accident report with your employer does not toll the statute of limitations. Filing an accident report means reporting important details, such as:
- The nature of the injury, including every body part affected by the injury;
- How the accident occurred;
- The parties involved;
- The date, time, and location of the accident; and
- The medical treatment you have undergone.
If the injury is a result of an occupational disease, notification should be given within two years after disablement, or within two years after the claimant knew or should have known that the condition that was work related. Be sure to keep a copy of the report to use for future reference.
Workers’ Compensation covers, for the most part, any job-related injury. If the injury is a result of a specific accident, the claim must be filed within two years of the date of the accident.
Necessary medical services are usually paid by the employer or their insurance carrier if the case is not disputed.
Once you have accomplished the steps above, be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations, including returning to work when released to do so. You also must attend any Independent Medical Examination as scheduled by the carrier.
The Workers’ Compensation system can be overwhelming, especially when your world has turned upside down by an unfortunate injury. At the Law Offices of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP, we have the knowledge and understanding you need to navigate the repercussions of a work-related injury. We are here to help, so please call us at 1-800-LAW-1010 or fill out this simple online form.