Workers Compensation Medical Benefits | Lawyers Serving the Syracuse, NY Community
When you’ve been injured on the job, your health should come first, but filing a workers’ comp claim can be daunting, especially when you’re injured and trying to heal. At Stanley Law Offices, our experienced legal team has helped thousands of injured workers in New York and Pennsylvania get the care and treatment they need using their workers’ compensation medical benefits. We work hard to get you the maximum award that you deserve!
Common On-The-Job Injuries
The dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys at Stanley Law Offices have helped clients recover workers’ compensation medical benefits for a wide range of workplace injuries, including:
- Back and neck injuries caused by heavy lifting.
- Sprains and broken bones caused by tripping, slipping and falling.
- Injuries sustained from falling objects.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries from typing, factory work, and other repetitive motions.
- Respiratory problems caused by toxic chemical exposure.
- Mental illness triggered by stressful job conditions.
Filing For Workers Compensation Medical Benefits
Workers compensation medical benefits typically cover all healthcare-related expenses associated with your workplace injury. You may also be entitled to cash benefits for lost wages and travel expenses to and from your appointments. In both New York and Pennsylvania, medical benefits should last as long as it takes to treat your condition. Each state has specific processes and deadlines for filing workers’ comp claims.
Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)
When your doctor has determined that you’ve reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI), it means that your medical condition has become stable and additional functional improvement is unlikely, even with ongoing medical treatment or physical rehabilitation. In other words, your recovery is as good as it’s going to get.
Reaching MMI does not mean that your workers’ compensation claim is over. Your medical provider will assess your condition and determine a disability rating. Your employer’s insurance company may also request that you be evaluated by a doctor of their choosing.
You may not be able to do the same job you could before you were injured, and your employer may not have an alternative position to offer. Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier may offer vocational rehabilitation to help you find another job, or your injuries may be so extensive that you’ll need to apply for permanent disability benefits or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
Our knowledgeable attorneys can help you understand workers’ compensation medical benefits and advise you on the best course of action to ensure your medical and financial needs are covered.
What To Do After A Workplace Injury
Regardless of the type of job you do, it is vital to seek medical treatment and report your injury to your supervisor or HR department as soon as possible. Medical records are an important part of the evidence presented in the workers’ compensation claims process, so it is important to mention that the injury was job-related when seeking treatment.
In New York, you must file a C-3 employee claim form with the Workers’ Compensation Board as well. Having an experienced workers’ comp attorney assist you with filling out and submitting this form can help you avoid costly mistakes that may lead to your claim being denied. In Pennsylvania, after seeking medical attention and informing your employer, you must file a claim with the PA Department of Labor and Industry.
Although statutes of limitations differ from state to state, both have strict deadlines for filing workers’ comp claims and the appeals process. That’s why it’s vital to have an experienced workers’ comp attorney in your corner. When you enlist the help of legal counsel early on, it can help you better understand your options and increase your chances of recovering the compensation and benefits you deserve.
Call Our Syracuse Workers Comp Medical Benefits Lawyers Today!
If you’ve been in a workplace accident & require medical benefits, our team can help. Call Stanley Law Offices today for a free case evaluation!