The state of New York is an at-will employment state, which means that an employer can dismiss an employee at any time for any reason. Nevertheless, state and federal laws offer protection to employees. For example, under state and federal law, employees cannot be dismissed because of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or disability.
Find out how a claims lawyer can help you in the process of making a claim:
A claims lawyer can…
- help you determine whether you have grounds for a lawsuit against your employer.
- help you protect your job. Keep in mind that employers cannot make reprisals against an employee who makes a claim.
- increase your chances of getting the benefits you deserve.
- get you all of the benefits offered by workers’ compensation law.
- help you change your treatment plan if you’re not satisfied with your medical care.
- help you make an appeal if your benefits have been denied. If you believe your appeal will be denied, a lawyer can help you determine if laws were violated when you were dismissed or if your dismissal was legal. If the claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. Generally, the appeal takes place before the workers’ compensation board. If the denial is upheld you can present your case before the Circuit Court.
- can determine whether you can sue a third party. From a financial point of view, one of the greatest benefits is finding out whether there is a third party that is responsible for the accident.
When you engage a firm of claims lawyers, take into consideration important factors such as the lawyers’ experience in workers’ compensation and the cost. You should also know how many cases each lawyer is handling; if your lawyer is occupied with many cases at once, yours may not get the proper attention.