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If you have suffered a workplace injury or illness, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits include both monetary benefits and medical care. Your claim must be filed with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board to ensure your rights are protected. Workers are covered for accidental injuries and occupational diseases. Miller & Caggiano, LLP, has helped clients understand their rights when it comes to these types of cases.

What You Need To Know About Certain Injuries

An accidental injury is an injury sustained as a result of an occurrence while in the course of your employment. Some of the most common examples of an accidental injury include being injured as a result of lifting something heavy at work, a trip-and-fall or a laceration from a sharp object. Injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident while in the course of employment are also compensable.

An occupational disease is a medical condition that is a direct result of the very nature of one’s work. Some of the most common examples of occupational disease claims would be asbestosis, silicosis and asthma. Also grouped into the occupational disease category would be repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Heart attacks and strokes have also been deemed as compensable conditions under the law. However, there are many different factors to consider when evaluating the compensability of a heart attack or stroke claim. As many workers’ compensation claims can involve complicated issues and questions that are further bogged down by the workers’ compensation insurance carriers, we would encourage legal representation in all matters.

After Taking These Steps, Call Our Firm

While every case is different, there are general guidelines you should follow after a workplace accident. They include:

  • Notify your supervisor immediately of the injury. The notice must be done within 30 days.
  • Seek medical attention immediately and make sure to advise your doctor or hospital staff that they are seeing you for a work-related injury.
  • Call an attorney who specializes in New York state workers’ compensation benefits.
  • File a claim with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.
  • Do not speak to anyone other than your doctor or attorney regarding your claim.

Make sure you get the representation you deserve. We have offices in Bohemia and Carle Place and serve clients throughout Suffolk County and Nassau County. Call today to schedule a free initial consultation at 631-821-7700. You can also email us by clicking here.