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What is New York State Workers’ Compensation?

On March 25, 1911, 146 women lost their lives in the worst factory fire in the history of New York City spurring a public movement to push NYS Legislature to enact new laws to protect injured workers. 1914, enter New York State Workers’ Compensation…

NYS workers’ compensation provides benefits for injuries that occur both traumatically and over time due to the repetitive nature of certain occupations. It is designed to provide injured workers benefits while they are in the rehabilitation phase on their road to recovery.

When you sustain an accident on the job, you must:

1. Immediately tell your employer the when, where, how and file an accident report;
2. Seek medical treatment ASAP and be sure to give a clear and detailed account of the accident;
3. Make an appointment with a NYS WC attorney that can help you file the necessary paperwork to protect your claim and make sure you get all the benefits you deserve!

Sometimes accidents have a very definite time and place of occurrence, but sometimes workers are injured over the course of time due to certain functions of their typical employment that require repetitive motion. These claims are called occupational disease claims. If your doctor diagnoses you with a condition or illness that is thought to be occupational in nature, you must:

1. Make an appointment IMMEDIATELY with a NYS WC attorney that can help you file the necessary paperwork to protect your claim and make sure you get all the benefits you deserve.

Occupational disease claims are tricky because often opinions on the link between the work activity and diagnoses of conditions are not concurrent. If you believe that your symptoms could be arising out of your job duties, at the onset of treatment, it is important to be proactive with your provider and ask questions with respect to your current condition and its potential connection to your regular work activities.

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