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What should I know to file a workers’ compensation claim?

If you suffer an injury while on the job, you will usually have the right to make a claim to workers’ compensation. The system can be quite complex and difficult to understand if you are unfamiliar with it.

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board explains that it all begins when you make your claim and inform your employer, which you must do within 30 days of the accident or upon becoming aware of the illness or injury.

Illness or injury

It is important to understand that workers’ compensation covers all medical issues you have due to your job. It is not just for injuries you sustain in an accident. Injuries you get overtime also count. Illnesses are also part of the coverage. Sometimes, it may take a long time for you to discover a work injury or illness, but you still can make a claim for them because they are a result of your work duties.

Reinjury

You can also make claims for a past injury that surfaces again. For example, if you hurt your back previously and you reinjure it on the job, then you can make a claim.

The process is a little different and requires alternative forms, so be aware of that. If you fail to file the right form, it could delay your benefits. The form you will fill out gives workers’ compensation access to your old health information that allows for a review of the initial injury.

File and track

You can file all workers’ compensation claims online. You can also use the online system to track your claim throughout the process.

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