What to Do After You Are Injured on the Job

Experienced NYC workers’ comp doctors explain what you need to know

If you get hurt at work or become seriously ill on the job in New York, knowing what to do next can be very confusing. Even knowing what your options are might not be clear. That’s why it’s important to understand how New York’s workers’ compensation system works. That way, you can receive the medical care you need to properly treat your work-related injury or illness.

Our doctors and staff members at Island Musculoskeletal Care (IMC Bone Doc) have the knowledge and the skills you need to carefully guide you through New York’s workers’ compensation system from a medical prospective. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained New York surgeons know what’s expected from medical professionals treating injured workers. We thoroughly understand how New York’s workers’ compensation system works – from carefully documenting work-related injuries to providing the necessary paperwork to state officials. Most of all, we are fully committed to providing you with top-notch medical care.

Learn more about what we can do for you. Schedule an appointment with a surgeon at one of our seven New York locations, including offices in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Many of our doctors have same-day appointments available. Best of all, you may be able to receive all your medical care from IMC Bone Doc at one, convenient location.

‘What should I do if I get hurt at work in New York?’

If you become sick or injured on the job due to a work-related illness or accident, we strongly urge you to take the following steps to protect your health and to make sure your medical care is covered by New York’s workers’ compensation system:

  • Find out if your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider has a Preferred Provider Organization or PPO. These are in-network doctors and hospitals.
  • If your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider has a PPO, you may be required to receive your initial medical treatment with one of the “in-network” hospitals or doctors. Otherwise, your worker’s compensation claim may be denied.
    • (Exception – if you require emergency medical care, go to the nearest doctor or hospital immediately. Your well-being should always come first.)
  • Once you have received your medical care from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider’s PPO, you can choose which doctor you want to treat you.
  • The doctor you choose to treat you must be authorized by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.
  • If you do not seek medical care from a doctor authorized by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, your workers’ comp claim may be denied.
  • Tell your employer in writing you sustained an injury or illness at work.
  • When informing your employer about your work-related illness or injury, provide details about exactly what happened to you.
  • You have 30 days from the date of your work-related injury or illness to inform your employer in writing about what happened to you.
  • File a C-3 Employee Claim Form with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.
  • Technically, you have up to two years to file your C-3 Employee Claim Form. However, in many cases the sooner you file your C-3 form, the better.

New York’s workers’ compensation system can be complicated. Choosing the right doctor to treat your work-related injury or illness should be simple. Our highly skilled New York surgeons have more than 100 years of combined medical experience. In addition, our doctors are authorized by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. We can diagnose what’s wrong with you. Then we can create a comprehensive treatment plan designed to treat your specific medical condition and work towards your full recovery.

What medical procedures are covered by workers’ compensation?

If your injury or illness occurred as a result of your work, all your medical expenses can and should be covered under New York’s workers’ compensation system, including:

  • Emergency medical care
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Surgical procedures
  • Hospital stays
  • Follow-up doctor’s appointments
  • Physical therapy
  • Medical equipment

In addition, workers’ compensation in New York also often covers:

  • Travel expenses for medical procedures
  • Replacement income during your recovery
  • Short-term or long-term disability benefits

Make sure you receive the medical care you need and deserve for your work-related injury or illness. Schedule an appointment with an experienced New York surgeon at IMC Bone Doc right away. IMC Bone Doc is an in-network medical practice. As a result, we accept most forms of workers’ compensation insurance and medical insurance in New York.

Get the medical care you deserve after your workplace injury

New York’s workers’ compensation system exists to make sure injured or sick workers like yourself get the medical care you need and deserve. Discover what our board-certified doctors can do for you. Contact IMC Bone Doc and schedule an appointment at one of our seven New York locations. In many cases, we can provide all your medical care – from your initial diagnosis using state-of-the-art medical equipment to surgery and physical therapy – in one convenient place. You can reach us online or call 1-888-BONE-DOC (266-3362). Many of our surgeons have same-day appointments available. Your health and well-being is our priority at IMC Bone Doc.