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What Information do I Need Before Meeting with a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

When you need to file for workers’ compensation benefits because you are at injured at work, you have the right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, it can be a complicated process to secure the workers’ compensation benefits that employees deserve.

The application process for a workers’ compensation claim is complex. Because of this, it is helpful to have a skilled legal professional help you file. 

If you have been wrongfully denied benefits, a knowledgeable lawyer can assist you in appealing the decision. Most reputable workers’ compensation attorneys provide clients with a free initial consultation as we understand you are likely not working and not receiving a paycheck.

When you need legal help in Staten Island, make sure to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. This will give you the highest likelihood of recovering the benefits that you deserve.

It is important to bring all of the necessary information to your initial meeting with an attorney. Many people are unsure about what paperwork they should bring to a consultation. Keep reading to learn more and be prepared for your first meeting with a workers’ compensation attorney.

What Information Is Needed for a Workers’ Compensation Application?

In the State of New York, the Workers’ Compensation Board provides applicants with a “Claimant Information Packet.” This packet includes the most important form that workers must complete following an on-the-job accident.

This important form is known as the C-3 and can be completed online or on paper. The C-3 form requires applicants to provide the most important details about their work-related injury or accident. 

Under New York state law, businesses and insurers are required to provide benefits to injured workers. However, businesses and insurance providers are mostly concerned with increasing their own profits. They may try to avoid paying you the benefits they are legally responsible to provide you.

Because of this, you should have a skilled workers’ compensation attorney fight for you. When you schedule a no-cost legal consultation, bring any of the following information that you have:

  • Descriptions of the injury or illness
  • Relevant medical records
  • List of prescription drugs
  • Date and time of the incident
  • Notes regarding your own experience
  • Names of any witnesses

During your initial meeting, the workers’ compensation attorney will ask questions to understand your situation. The better your lawyer understands your circumstances, the better the chances are that they can fight for you effectively.

Submitting an incomplete or wrongly filled-out application will typically result in a denial of benefits. If you have been denied benefits, a skilled attorney can help you file an appeal in your case.

Common Staten Island Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Following a successful workers’ compensation application, you will receive benefits quickly. There are many different costs that workers’ compensation benefits will cover.

One of the most common expenses resulting from workplace injuries is medical treatment. Workers’ compensation benefits will pay your doctor the cost of treating your illness or injuries.

Since many injured workers are unable to continue working, and if that occupational illness or job-related injury keeps you from working for more than a week, you may recover financial benefits for lost wages. As of October 2022, you may be eligible for up to $1,25.46 in weekly benefits. 

This type of temporary disability benefit will be equal to two-thirds of your regular weekly paycheck.

If a medical professional finds that your injury or illness resulted in permanent disability, you may be entitled to additional financial benefits. Speak with a skilled legal professional to understand what benefits you are legally entitled to.

Reach Out to the Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr.

If you need to speak with a qualified workers’ compensation attorney in Staten Island, look no further than the Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. Our firm has a sterling track record of representing injured employees in all workers’ compensation matters.

Whether you need to file for workers’ compensation benefits or appeal a rejection, the Law Offices of Frank J. Dito can help. Reach out to our Staten Island office to schedule a no-cost legal consultation today.