Having represented injured workers exclusively for more than 12 years, the biggest regret clients have is waiting too long to contact an attorney. Many people who have not been exposed to the system in our State assume that it will be a smooth ride but nothing could be further from the truth.
Securing payment for work related medical expenses and lost wages is a complex and often time-consuming process. Unfortunately, by the time the injured worker realizes that their case is being controverted by their employer or that they are not receiving all of the wages that they thought they would be entitled to, weeks or months have already passed. That is why we recommend that you seek counsel as soon as possible after your injury in order to learn more about your legal rights and responsibilities under the New York State Workers’ Compensation Law.
Waiting too long to hire an attorney can set you back weeks or months. When you decide to hire an attorney, a retainer agreement must be signed and filed with the Workers’ Compensation Board before access to legal documents is granted. Additionally, it takes time to contact the insurance company, review the often numerous medical records, and devise a strategy. All of this can be started immediately after your injury if you are astute enough to contact an attorney or at least seek some preliminary advice regarding your specific circumstance.
The biggest regret most claimants have is not aggressively pursuing their case with legal counsel immediately. If you have been injured at work and believe it is time for you to consult with an attorney regarding your rights, we would be happy to provide a free consultation.