On behalf of Smiley & Smiley, LLP posted in Construction Accidents on Monday, December 29, 2014.
Getting hurt on the job due to a construction accident through no fault of your own is absolutely devastating. Not only could your life forever changed, you may also feel a loss in your wallet. You may hear that you are "lucky to be alive," but why don't you feel lucky? You are hurt and you are in need of more than one professional to help you through this incredibly trying time.
First things first, though. You need to go the doctor or emergency room immediately. If you are filing for worker's compensation, you need to ensure that your provider is authorized by their WC Board. If it is life-threatening, you can go to the closest hospital or provider without them being authorized by the board.
Sometimes, your employer is authorized only to provide care through a certain hospital or doctor's office. Be sure to check as soon as you can in order to be sure that your medical bills are covered. In any case, you need to contact a legal professional as soon as possible because there can be losses that don't become apparent at first.
For instance, you may need rehabilitation and therapy. You may have a mental incapacity if there was a head injury and you may need more than one doctor to oversee your care. A general practitioner is fine for small injuries, but you will need a specialist for any extensive injuries.
Being denied coverage is a real danger that can occur in New York City. Signing an A-9 form gives your employer's insurance the right to deny payment. Never sign anything that your attorney has not looked at and has approved.
You can easily see that having an attorney from the Smiley & Smiley law office can be a game-changer for you. You don't have to be a victim twice. You may want to look at our "Construction Accident" webpage for more information.
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