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What Does Your Lawyer Need to Prepare for Your Workers’ Compensation Hearing?

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What Does Your Lawyer Need to Prepare for Your Workers’ Compensation Hearing?

If you’ve been injured at work and your employer or the workers’ compensation insurance company has challenged the claim, a hearing will be scheduled before a workers’ compensation judge to determine the validity of your claim. What will your attorney need to help maximize your chances of getting the benefits you need?

Medical Records

You’ll want to provide your lawyer with a full copy of all treatment records, as well as any diagnosis made by a doctor. Though your employer has the right to require that you be examined by a physician chosen by the employer, you can also seek care and a medical opinion from your own doctor. Make certain your doctor puts everything in writing, documenting all existing and potential conditions, as well as any treatment or tests you may require.

Wage Information

Workers’ compensation benefits in New York are calculated based on your wages immediately prior to your injury. The calculation takes your average weekly wage for the 52 weeks preceding your injury and gives you a percentage, based on the nature and degree of your injury.

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All Legal Notices or Documents

You should immediately notify your attorney if you receive any document related to your case, whether it’s a notice of a hearing, a denial or other correspondence. You will then want to schedule a meeting with your attorney, so that your lawyer has accurate and current information about your injury and work status just prior to the hearing.

What Does Your Lawyer Need to Prepare for the Workers’ Compensation Hearing?

Experienced NYC | Queens | Bronx | Brooklyn Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we provide comprehensive counsel to people with workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview workers compensation page.

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Michael Serres, ESQ.

Michael Serres, ESQ. is a reputed Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Astoria, Queens, NY. He graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1989. Mr. Serres was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1990 and is admitted in the Federal District Courts for the Southern and the Eastern Districts of New York. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Workers’ Compensation Bar Association and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Queens County Bar Association.

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