New York State Workers Compensation

New York State Workers Compensation Law & Benefits

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Every state in the nation has a worker’s compensation law, but the details – who is covered, what benefits are due, how to apply, and more – are different everywhere. At Aronova & Associates, we know New York State’s workers’ compensation system, and we are here to help you successfully navigate your way to maximum compensation for your job-related illness or injury.

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The basics of New York workers compensation laws

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Law requires nearly all employers in the state to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. This insurance provides financial protection to employees who suffer injuries as a result of their job. Part of the protection comes from the no-fault basis of the insurance; the employee does not need to prove that the employer was at fault to be able to collect benefits.

There are several types of benefits to which an injured employee may be entitled. These include:

  • Coverage for medical treatment
  • Disability benefits – temporary or permanent
  • Death benefits payable to surviving family members for a fatal injury

Like other types of insurance, though, workers’ compensation policies can have variations in terms to it is important to work with a professional who knows how to obtain and read a policy. This is a key step in protecting your rights.

Receiving workers comp benefits in New York

The workers’ compensation system in New York is administered by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. Whether you are in New York City or Buffalo, the Board follows state-wide rules in determining your eligibility and overseeing your benefits.

Injured workers may be eligible to receive both medical benefits and cash payments. These benefits each have their own rules, such as when eligibility begins, how long the worker can collect, and how much is owed. A New York workers’ compensation lawyer at Aronova & Associates will help you comply with the rules, while presenting your strongest case.

Updates to the NYS workers comp law

Workers’ compensation laws are subject to change and each modification can affect the rights of injured workers. In 2017, the New York State Legislature made changes that affect how some workers can receive benefits. Some highlights include:

  • A new general cap of 2.5 years for temporary benefits, subject to a “safety valve” to protect employees who need benefits for a longer amount of time
  • Modified medical impairment guidelines that are intended to reflect advances in medicine
  • Expanded safety net increasing the eligibility of workers to claim permanent benefits
  • Modifications impacting how certain employees qualify for benefits

Whether you are in Manhattan or Long Island, if you are an injured employee, these changes will potentially impact your rights.

When do I need a workers comp attorney?

From the initial filing of of a claim, a New York workers’ compensation attorney can improve the outcome of your claim. However, there are certain situations where it is especially important to work with an attorney who specializes in workers compensation. In each of these cases there may be a complicated process or seemingly trivial details that you need to be aware of in order to receive full compensation.

  • Your claim is disputed by your employer or insurer
  • You claim is denied
  • Settlement does not cover medical bills and expenses
  • You experience retaliation from your employer
  • Other benefits interfere with your workers compensation settlement
  • You have a potential tort claim against third party

Whether you are just beginning the process or need help when a problem has arisen, the committed attorneys at Aronova & Associates are here to help. The workers’ compensation system can seem to unfairly benefit employers, but having us on your side helps to level the playing field. Call today to schedule a free consultation. You never pay us a fee unless we win compensation on your behalf!

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