If you’ve developed by a work-related disease or illness, you may be wondering whether you’re covered by New York workers’ compensation laws. Yes, workers’ comp laws in New York do cover diseases that have resulted from the conditions or duties of your occupation.
For example, if you’ve been exposed to asbestos on the job and have become sick as a result, you can file a workers’ comp claim.
An attorney can help you with filing the paperwork within the appropriate time frame and gathering documentation to prove your illness was directly caused by something at your workplace.
Workers’ Comp Need-to-Knows
There are a few important things you need to know before filing a workers’ compensation claim for an illness resulting from your working conditions:
- You must file your claim within two years of the date of disability or the date when you should have reasonably known that your illness was caused by your working conditions.
- You could be entitled to receive disability benefits for your illness, even if you haven’t taken time off of work.
- You should document your illness right away so a causal link can be found between your working conditions and your disability.
How Will an Attorney Help Me File for Workers’ Comp Benefits?
In most cases, it’s helpful to hire an attorney who can help you file your workers’ comp claim. Because of our extensive knowledge of New York’s workers’ comp laws, we can ensure you meet all filing deadlines, and we can help you gather evidence of your illness, such as medical documentation, which will help you prove your case.
In addition, when cases are particularly complicated, there are often court hearings involved. An attorney can be by your side and argue your case to ensure you receive the benefits you need for your work-related illness.
Work with a Workers’ Comp Attorney
If you’ve suffered an illness as a result of your working conditions, or if you’ve been injured in any other way on the job, a workers’ comp lawyer from Finkelstein, Meirowitz & Eidlisz, LLP can help you. Call us for a free case review at 212-385-9190, or complete the online contact form at the bottom of this page.