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How long after a work injury can I file a claim?

Workers' compensation benefits are extremely important for New York workers. From construction workers atop the city's high skyscrapers to the office workers who inhabit those skyscrapers, every worker is at risk of suffering an injury while on the job. Some injuries may be minor, and others may be life threatening, but you should always be aware of your options for recovering compensation thanks to workers' comp benefits.

Of course, employers do not intrinsically know that their employees have been injured, so it is in your best interests to notify your employer as soon as possible. Failure to do so may end up costing you your ability to recover compensation because the statute of limitations for the injury may expire. Just like other civil and criminal cases, there is a time limit by which victims must take legal action; otherwise it may be impossible for them to do so.

For New York residents, two years from the date of the injury is the magic number. Two years after a worker has suffered an injury, he or she may be unable to recover any kind of compensation, no matter how justified or strong the claim is. That is why it is always better to take legal action sooner rather than later, even if you do not think the injury is serious.

Seemingly minor injuries can turn out to be devastating or debilitating over time. It happens every day to people all across the country, and it is always better to be safe than to be sorry. You have a right to workers' compensation benefits under the law, and you should not be afraid to take advantage of them. If you have suffered an injury on the job, consider meeting with an attorney to learn how you can file a claim to recover compensation.

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  • A 43 year old ironworker who fell four stories and sustained injuries to his ankle while installing a staircase settled his claim for $1,500,000.00. The accident was due to the failure of the building owner and general contractor to provide a safe place to work.
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