For every type of civil and criminal case brought before the courts, there is a time period known as a statute of limitations by which legal action must be taken. Failure to take legal action within the allotted time can make it much more difficult or even impossible to recover any damages or compensation, no matter how valid your claim may be.
The statute of limitations for workers’ compensation in New York ends two years after the injury was suffered, or from the last compensation payment, depending on which comes later. For many workplace accidents and injuries, this is not a difficult issue to address, but when it comes to workplace illnesses, things become more complex. If you are suffering from a chronic illness that was caused by your occupation, how do you determine exactly when the illness affected you? And how can you then prove it?
This struggle can be the difference between recovering the compensation that you deserve and being left to deal with a life-altering illness on your own. This can not only affect your health, but it can also affect your finances as you try to pay for treatment and recovery. This is why workers’ compensation benefits are so important.
Often workers’ compensation benefits are relatively easy to acquire because they are offered by your employer, but sometimes insurance companies do not wish to pay out, especially for illnesses that they believe were not caused by your occupation. If you are attempting to recover workers’ compensation benefits for a workplace illness, consider meeting with an attorney to help you with your workers’ compensation claim.