New York’s employment laws require nearly all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. This type of coverage is meant to protect workers who sustain injuries in the workplace and/or while performing their regular job duties. Eligible injured employees can earn compensation for their medical bills, lost income, and more if their employer’s insurer approves their claim. But not every claim is approved. If you’ve recently been denied workers’ compensation in our state, you might wonder whether you can file an appeal to request further coverage. No need to worry because our knowledgeable law firm has all the answers you’re looking for! Continue reading this blog to learn more, or reach out to a Workers’ Compensation Law Firm in Queens for individualized legal counseling.
CAN I APPEAL A WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIM IN NEW YORK?
While you may be eligible to file for workers’ compensation coverage, there’s always a chance that your employer’s insurer doesn’t provide enough to cover all of your medical expenses, lost wages, etc. There are even some cases where workers’ comp claims are denied for various reasons. The most common denial examples happen if the injury wasn’t sustained in the workplace or if the employee was intoxicated by alcohol or drugs when the injury occurred or if the injury happened during “horseplay”. You might not be able to earn coverage if the accident was caused when you weren’t performing your job duties and were acting inappropriately. There are some gray areas surrounding which injuries can be eligible in our state, so speak with an attorney about your specific case.
DO I NEED A LAWYER?
If you’re planning on filing an appeal for your original workers’ compensation claim, we highly recommend hiring (or at least speaking with) a dedicated workers’ compensation lawyer who can guide you through this legal process. You must file your appeal within 30 days of the judge’s original decision. Once you file an appeal, a Board Panel must review your case and decide whether you’re eligible for an administrative appeal. The Board must find an error in the original ruling in order to officially change the decision. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you gather evidence to prove your case during the Full Board Review.
Has your workers’ compensation claim recently been denied in New York City? If so, you might be seeking a dedicated personal injury attorney who can help you to determine your best options moving forward. Look no further because our highly experienced law firm is on your side! Contact the Law Offices of George Poulos today for an initial consultation.