Have you been deemed an essential worker? Were you injured on the job? You do not have to wait until the pandemic is over to file your claim. Unlike many other state agencies, the Workers’ Compensation Board is open and so is the law firm of Grey & Grey, LLP.

On March 7, 2020 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Executive Order 202 declaring a disaster emergency in the State of New York due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Then, on March 18, 2020 Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.6 creating in-person restrictions for all non-essential businesses. A “PAUSE” order was issued for all of New York State. Additionally, the Governor identified key businesses within the State of New York that are deemed essential. Unlike other companies, these businesses and their employees are allowed to perform in-person services.

Who is an essential employee? An essential employee is someone that performs work involving the safety of human life and the protection of property. Under Governor Cuomo’s executive order that would include employees in the health care industry, emergency personnel, security personnel, pharmacy employees, bank employees, transit workers, airport employees, courier employees, food and agricultural workers (including restaurant employees) to name just a few.

Essential workers are clearly subject to an increased hazard of contracting COVID-19 as a result of in-person contact. if you were exposed and contracted COVID-19 while performing your job responsibilities You may be afforded lost wages and medical benefits under the New York State Workers’ Compensation Law.

At Grey & Grey, LLP we know that essential workers are also subject to all of the usual hazards of getting hurt at work. We can help you file your claim and obtain the benefits the law provides for you whether it is due to COVID-19 related illness or any other kind of on-the-job injury.

You do not have to wait until Governor Cuomo’s PAUSE order is lifted to start a claim. In fact, any delay in filing your claim for Workers’ Compensation claim can create problems in getting benefits when you need them. Remember that any injury on the job must be reported to the employer within 30 days of the accident. An injured worker must also be seen by a doctor right away. Lost wages will only be paid if a doctor states that you cannot work due to the injury. May doctors and urgent care facilities are now conducting virtual medical examinations (tele-medicine) to help people get treatment while still staying safe.

Now is when you need the help of Grey & Grey, LLP the most. We will help you file your claim with the Workers’ Compensation Board. We will contact the insurance company on your behalf to address any issues regarding your lost wages and medical treatment. The law firm of Grey & Grey, LLP is still open during our usual business hours between 8:30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. While we are currently working remotely we are still available via phone, email, fax and yes, even Zoom.

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