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Worker’s compensation is your right as an injured New York employee. If you are injured or become ill as a direct result of your job, you’re eligible to receive health care and lost wages. By law, your employer must provide these benefits to you, without making a determination of fault. You do not have to prove employer negligence to qualify for workers’ compensation. And your employer cannot deny you benefits if your own carelessness contributed to your injury or illness. 

More About New York Workers' Compensation

More About New York Workers' Compensation

New York passed one of the nation’s first workers’ compensation laws in 1909. The law was born out of the Industrial Revolution and hailed as a great compromise between business and labor.

Under the workers' compensation system, employees give up the right to sue their employer, but receive "no-fault" medical care and disability payments. Employers agree to not invoke the traditional legal defenses of contributory negligence and/or assumption of risk, and avoid costly and time-consuming lawsuits.

Most of the time, this is a "win-win" for companies and workers. The New York State Workers' Compensation Board boasts that nine in ten injured workers receive prompt payment and timely medical care. But the system is not without issues. Some workers are unjustly denied benefits. When that happens, they may need to hire a lawyer and file an appeal. 

Workers' Compensation Benefits in New York

New Yorker workers injured on the job are eligible for benefits that include:

  • Lost wages (up to 2/3 of weekly income)
  • Reasonable and necessary medical treatment, including prescription medications, dental care, surgery, optometry, and assistive devices
  • Reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs related to the injury, such as transportation to and from doctor’s appointments and prescribed medications or supplies you personally paid for
  • Disability benefits to compensate for reduced earning capacity 
  • Vocational rehabilitation (if necessary)

What if My Claim is Denied?

A New York workers' compensation claims could be denied for any of these reasons: 

  • You missed a filing deadline or there was a paperwork error
  • Your employer claims that your injury or illness was not work-related 
  • You failed to get medical treatment from an “approved” provider
  • Your injury or illness resulted solely from drug or alcohol intoxication, or from an intent to injure yourself or someone else
  • Your injuries are tied to a pre-existing condition
  • You did not seek medical treatment for the injury or illness 

If your workers' comp claim is denied, you still have the right to file an appeal. Appealing a denied claim is a lengthy and complex process that requires help from a workers' compensation attorney. During your appeal, Aronova & Associates will build a case and present it to a judge who decides on a resolution and the amount of any award.

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Issues or questions with a workers’ compensation claim? Not sure where to turn for answers? Aronova & Associates helps thousands of injured workers per year. We’re here for you. 

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