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What Happens at the Workers’ Compensation Hearing—It It Really Necessary?

New York City | Queens | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

You’ve been injured at work and there were a number of witnesses. The circumstances surrounding your injury seem pretty clear. Nonetheless, when you file your claim for benefits, a hearing is scheduled with a workers’ compensation judge. Is that really necessary? What happens at the workers’ compensation hearing?

The Workers’ Compensation Board may schedule a hearing in your case for a variety of reasons, but typically it’s because your claim is being disputed by either your employer or the workers’ compensation insurance company:

  • The insurer may disagree with the rate of compensation, may challenge the injury to a specific body part, or may allege that your injury does not keep you from working
  • Your employer may contend that the injury was pre-existing or that it didn’t happen on the job

The primary purpose of the workers’ compensation hearing is to allow the judge to gather the necessary information to make a decision regarding your claim. At the hearing, we’ll provide the court with accurate information about your pre-accident wages, so that you get the largest benefit award to which you are entitled. We’ll ensure that any necessary treatment is authorized, including any special types of care that may be permitted by law, such as surgery or physical therapy.

The insurance company and your employer will likely have representation at the hearing as well, so it’s critical that you have legal counsel there to ensure that the court gets full and accurate information about your injury and your prior wages.

What Happens at the Workers’ Compensation Hearing—Is It Really Necessary?

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.

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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.