Workers’ Compensation FAQ
Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be a complicated experience. While you are trying to recover from your injury, you may also be overwhelmed with medical bills and not being able to work.
Talking to a knowledgeable lawyer about your injury can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Can I see my own doctor?
Whether you can see your own doctor will depend on your workplace and what state you live in. Also, in some cases, if your employer requires you to see a certain doctor, after a certain period of time, you may be able to switch to your own doctor for the remainder of your treatment. Your employer may also be able to require that you get a second opinion.
It is important to talk to a skilled attorney who understands workers’ compensation in your area so that you are able to get the compensation you deserve. A lawyer can help you understand the process behind a workers’ compensation claim and the timeline for what actions you need to take to keep your claim moving forward.
When can I return to work?
Determining when you can return to work will depend on a lot of factors, including:
- Your occupation and the physical requirements of your job
- Your injury
- The treatment plan prescribed by your doctor
If you are able to perform the same work after your treatment and after your doctor has cleared you for work, your employer must offer the next position that comes available. If, however, your employer had to fill your position while you were unable to work, your employer does not have to fire the person that was hired to fill your job.
Who pays for ongoing treatments?
Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should cover all your treatments and medications related to your injury.
Contact A New York Lawyer About Your Claim
Dealing with a work-related injury and a workers’ compensation claim can be difficult and confusing. It is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after your injury to help you with your claim.
To learn more about your rights as a victim in Albany, please contact us online or call our Workers’ Comp Answerline® at 1-800-COMP-LAW (1-800-266-7529) for a free consultation.