New York Workers' Compensation is an intricate area of law that is often subject to a number of misconceptions. This site is intended to help readers seeking clarification on the topic of NY Workers' Comp. Whether you are an injured worker lost amidst the complexities of Workers' Comp, a doctor who is not sure how to properly handle a Workers' Comp patient's file, or simply a curious New Yorker who worries about what would happen if you were ever injured on the job, I hope that the content of this site will deliver the answers you seek, even to questions you didn't know to ask.

It is my pleasure to welcome you into the world of New York Workers' Compensation. I hope you enjoy your visit, spread the word, and come back soon.

Best regards,

Camila P. Medici, Esq.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

If My Doctor Says I Have A Work Related Disability, Am I Automatically Entitled to Benefits?

Unfortunately, NO.  It is not that simple.  Even though NY Workers' Compensation Law requires that you produce a medical report showing that you have a causally related diagnosed injury or condition AND saying that you are disabled from work (and the specific level of disability you have), that is just ONE part of the administrative process.  In order to determine whether you are entitled to benefits there are other factors that must be taken into account, such as whether there was proper notice given, whether you truly are an employee, whether there is contrary medical evidence (such as an IME) saying you are not disabled or that your disability is not causally related, etc.  So although you MUST have a medical report indicating you have a causally related disability from work that will not automatically entitle you to comp benefits. 

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