On the job injuries can add significant expenses and stress to most households. From doctor’s bills, the cost of medical equipment to lost income, the financial impact of on the job injuries can be devastating. Add to that lost wages from missed shifts and you have a dramatic interruption of your daily life.
Workers suffering on the job injuries in New York City are often covered under their employer’s worker’s compensation insurance. The three steps below are recommended by the New York State Worker’s Compensation Board.
Step 1: Seek medical attention. It’s important to get your health stabilized before anything else.
Step 2: Notify your employer of the injury. In New York on the job injuries are required to be reported either verbally or in writing within 30 days of the incident.
Step 3: Fill out and submit a claim for worker’s compensation (Form C-3). You have up to 2 years to file this form.
Even if your on the job injury was caused by third party negligence, you are still able to receive worker’s compensation benefits (medical expenses lost wages and more). But you should also consider legal action against the third party who responsible for the accident.
Common examples of on the job injuries caused by third party negligence include:
•· Construction workers injured by the actions of other contractors at a jobsite
•· Individuals injured in car/truck crashes while on the job
•· Office and retail workers injured during falls caused by wet floors left unattended by third party cleaning companies
•· Injuries sustained during falls on icy or damaged sidewalks
As you can see, the injuries involved in these cases aren’t caused by the actions of your employer. They are caused by the actions (or inactions) of third parties who is independent of your employer.
In cases such as these, the injured worker may pursue legal action against the negligent third party. If you’ve been injured at work due to the negligence of a third party, contact an on the job injury attorney in New York immediately. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at (800) 734-9338 or (212) 385-1122 to learn your rights.