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Tips for the Day of Your Workers’ Compensation Hearing

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When you file a claim for workers’ compensation, your employer and the workers’ compensation insurance company have the right to challenge the claim—they may disagree with the amount of benefits you are seeking, or may contend that the injury was not work-related. If your claim is disputed for any reason, a claims examiner from the Workers’ Compensation Board will typically attempt to resolve the matter. If that proves unsuccessful, a hearing may be scheduled before a workers’ compensation judge. It’s your chance to make a compelling argument that you deserve benefits. While you are best served being represented by an attorney, there are still some things that you can do on the day of the hearing to help yourself.

Be Early for the Hearing

First impressions are critical—if you’re not there when your case is called, it sends a signal to the judge that you aren’t that interested in obtaining benefits. But don’t plan to arrive exactly at the time the hearing is scheduled—life seldom works that way. Give yourself some extra time and plan to arrive half an hour early. It’s better to sit for 30 minutes and be there when the judge calls you than to get caught up in traffic and try to explain why you’re late.

Dress Appropriately

The way you dress also sends a signal to the court about how you value your claim. If you wear dirty jeans and a tee shirt, it says that the hearing is of little importance to you. But you don’t want to overdo it, either. Dress comfortably, but not shabbily. Don’t wear flashy jewelry or anything that gives the impression that you’re “living large.”

Tips for the Day of Your Workers’ Compensation Hearing

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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.

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About The Author

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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.