Injured workers are now able to participate in their hearings virtually from any location using a PC or smartphone. If you are using an Apple iPhone or Apple tablet device, you must download the Workers’ Compensation Board’s Virtual Hearing App to your device to utilize this service.
If the New York State Insurance Fund is the insurance company responsible for your claim, you can find out the status of your lost wage payments at any time by CLICKING HERE. You can also enroll to have your payments made by direct deposit by CLICKING HERE. You will need to create a NYSIF Account to enroll for direct deposit.
A Section 32 settlement is an agreement to close all or part of a workers’ compensation claim in exchange for a monetary sum. The process of settling a claim can be complicated and all settlements must be approved by the Board. All persons settling their workers’ compensation claims are required to watch the Board’s settlement video, which can be found by CLICKING HERE.
All medical providers who treat workers’ compensation patients must be approved by the Workers’ Compensation Board. The Board has a searchable database of approved medical providers which can be found by CLICKING HERE. When you contact a treating provider, you should always confirm the office location for your scheduled visit.
Determinations regarding medical treatment and temporary and permanent impairment or disability are made according to the Workers’ Compensation Board’s Impairment Guidelines and Medical Treatment Guidelines. The Medical Treatment guidelines are available for reference by CLICKING HERE and the Impairment Guidelines can be found by CLICKING HERE.
The New York State Department of Labor provides services to unemployed individuals. The Department has numerous One-Stop Career Centers throughout the state, and you can locate your local office by CLICKING HERE. An injured worker may also qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits, even if they have not lost their job, if their employer cannot accommodate their work restrictions.
The New York State Education Department’s Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) can be of great assistance to those in need of job or career retraining following a work injury or disability. A list of district offices can be found by CLICKING HERE and instructions on how to begin the process can be found byCLICKING HERE.
Temporary Disability Benefits are often available for an injured worker if their claim has been denied by the insurance company, as well as for off-the-job injuries. A Form DB-450 must be completed properly and filed with the Workers’ Compensation Board’s Disability Benefits Bureau. Your attorney can assist you with this process.
If you are a member of the New York State Retirement System, you may qualify for some form of early disability retirement benefit if you are injured or disabled from work. Information regarding New York’s disability retirement benefit plans can be found by CLICKING HERE.These benefits can usually be paid in addition to other forms of wage loss payments.