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Workers' compensation can be critical for injured workers

Workers' compensation benefits can be critical for many injured workers and their families. Because of this, it is important for workers who have been harmed on the job to be familiar with what workers' compensation benefits are available, how they may be eligible to receive benefits and how to claim benefits.

Many workers in New York are covered by workers' compensation protections. Workers who are eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits include workers employed in any work conducted for profit; county and municipality employees engaged in work that is legally defined as hazardous; public school teachers except those employed in New York City; public school aides, including those in New York City; New York State employees, including some volunteer workers; domestic workers who are employed for 40 or more hours per week by the same employer; certain farm workers; and any other worker determined by the New York State Workers' Compensation Board to qualify for benefits.

Additional workers may not be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits in New York, but many are, which is why it is important to be familiar with who may qualify for workers' compensation benefits after suffering a work-related injury or illness that prevents them from working to support them and their families. It is also important to understand how to apply for workers' compensation benefits. Injured workers should promptly report their injury in writing to their employer within 30 days of suffering it. Claims for benefits must be made within 2 years of the accident and additional paperwork requirements must be met so injured workers should also be familiar with those requirements to obtain benefits.

The workers' compensation process and workers' compensation claims can be complicated and seem overwhelming to some injured workers. It is worth the worker's time, however, to understand the eligibility requirements for workers' compensation and how to obtain benefits which may make the process of seeking badly-needed workers' compensation benefits more approachable.

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