Suffering an injury at work can leave you shocked and uncertain of what to do next. Whether you suffered a fall on a construction site, the effects of a defective product at a manufacturing facility or a repetitive stress injury at the office, you may wonder how to begin the process of receiving the compensation you need while you focus on recovering.
One of the most important components to pursuing workers’ compensation is to report your injury to your supervisor and employer in a timely manner. New York requires injured workers to report their injuries to their employer in most cases within 30 days after the accident.
The importance of immediately reporting your injury
The aftermath of an accident at work can be chaotic. You may need to attend to your injuries immediately and the last thing on your mind may be formally reporting your injury to your employer. Depending on your accident, you may even assume that because your supervisor knew of your injuries, you do not have to formally report it.
However, New York law requires injured workers to report their injuries within 30 days of the accident. This report must be in writing to detail how the accident occurred and the injuries you suffered as a result. Any notification submitted after this 30-day period can result in the denial of workers’ compensation benefits. Filing your report as soon as possible can benefit you by allowing for a clearer or more recent account of events and minimizing the complications that can result from a late claim.
Occupational diseases allow for an extended period
In some cases, injured workers may report injuries to their employer beyond this brief window. For example, those who suffered an occupational disease have two years to report the accident. This is because diseases or conditions like mesothelioma, other forms of cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome and more can take weeks or months to surface or grow so severe that you cannot work while you recover.
Workers’ compensation benefits can provide you with much-needed financial relief and other benefits during a stressful period. Work with a lawyer to guard against missing important deadlines and to submit a strong, timely claim.