Work Related Injuries
The most important and easiest way to protect your legal rights is to report your injury to your employer. Most states require that you report your injury within a certain period of time, but in general, the less time you delay the better.
The next step you can take to protect your rights is to talk to an attorney to determine whether you have a personal injury case, a workers’ compensation case, or both. Surprisingly, they’re not the same thing!
If you are injured at work, you have the right to:
1. File a claim for your injury or illness in workers compensation court;
2. See a doctor and to obtain medical treatment;
3. Return to your job, if you are released to return to work by your physician;
4. Some type of disability compensation if you are unable to return to work because of your injury or illness, whether permanently or even temporarily;
5. Appeal any decision made by your employer, the employer’s insurance company or the workers' compensation court;
6. Be represented by a lawyer throughout the process; and
7. Be free from retaliation as a result of your workers’ compensation claim.
For general inquiries or a free case evaluation please call 212-537-7000 or visit the link in our bio to learn more.