I was injured at work, what do I do now?
The State of New York has a number of requirements under the Workers' Compensation Law that must be followed in order to ensure that you preserve your claim under the law.

1. You must report the injury to your employer within 30 days of the injury. Generally, it is better to report the injury sooner rather than later. Some injuries are catastrophic and have witnesses. Generally those are self-reported by your employer, however, you should still file written notice with your employer.

2. You should see a physician regarding your injury as soon as possible. You must tell the treating doctor that you have been injured at work or that you believe the pain you are suffering is from an occupational disease. This is an essential step because it is the medical opinion that will give causal relationship between your injury and your employment. If you are unable to work, your treating doctor must give a statement taking you out of work and relating that to the work injury or occupational disease.

After you have notified your employer, you should also put the New York Workers' Compensation Board on notice of your injury.

Of course, to ensure that you are following the necessary steps I would encourage you to contact an experienced workers compensation lawyer who will be able to assist you in properly filing your claim to ensure that you are receiving all the benefits to which you are entitled.

One of the most common problems that clients come to me with our because they or their doctors have failed to properly file their claim and they are in trouble due to the failure to properly file the claim. It is always best to consult with a lawyer.

If you have been injured at work and do not have an attorney, please do not hesitate to contact my office for a free consultation.

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