Sometimes, it is not necessary to hire a lawyer for your Workers’ Compensation case, such as when your work-related injury is minor. However, there are many situations in which hiring a lawyer can give you the advantages you need when fighting for the compensation you deserve. As a New York employee, you are entitled to compensation for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment for your work-related injuries or occupational diseases.
However, serious injuries often require expensive surgery, physical rehabilitation, or ongoing medical treatment. Therefore, employers and insurance companies may try to deny or delay approving your claim to minimize their costs. A skilled lawyer can deal with your insurance company and help you quickly obtain the medical benefits you deserve.
If your injury causes you to miss a lot of work, it may be valuable to hire a lawyer. Employers and insurance companies do not want to pay disability benefits, especially if you are permanently or totally disabled. For this reason, they may deny your claim, arguing that your injuries are not as serious as you state or that they are not work-related.
When you are out of work with an injury, you need your benefits sooner rather than later; an experienced attorney can ensure that your claim is handled expeditiously. A pre-existing condition does not necessarily bar you from recovery in your current case. However, under the New York Workers’ Compensation Act, a pre-existing condition is only compensable if it was aggravated by an employee’s work environment or activities.
Employers and insurance companies will often argue that the pre-existing condition was not aggravated by the work environment or activities, but rather that it worsened as a result of its natural progression or external factors. A HURT-511 lawyer can help you gather the expert testimony and other evidence you need to present the strongest case possible. Although you can collect both Workers’ Compensation and Social Security disability benefits at the same time, there is a limit to the total amount of benefits you may receive. A knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation attorney can explain how to construct your settlement so that you receive the maximum amount of benefits in your case.
If your claim was initially denied, that does not mean you are not entitled to benefits. Wrongful denials happen all the time. You have the right to several appeals, the first of which must be filed with the state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. There are specific requirements pertaining to appeals, which must be met to give you the best chance of succeeding. A knowledgeable lawyer will guarantee that all those legal requirements are met and that your rights are protected throughout the entire process.
Remember, each case is unique, so contact HURT-511 for more information on workers’ comp statute and our personal injury lawyers help injured workers recover the benefits to which they are entitled by law. For a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, call us toll-free at 800-4878-511 or complete our online form. Our firm handles accident and injury claims throughout all five boroughs of New York.
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