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Social services help available through workers' compensation

When a New York worker suffers workplace injuries or a condition that hinders the ability to work, workers' compensation benefits are just part of the story with getting back on the right track medically, personally and professionally. Other issues will inevitably arise with lost wages and medical expenses even if the workers' compensation benefits are approved.

The Workers' Compensation Board accounts for the ancillary type of help that a person might need by providing social services. Knowing that this is available and using it can be part of a workers' compensation claim. If there are problems getting the available services, a law firm experienced in workers' compensation can help. Social workers can be of assistance in myriad ways. If there are issues at home due to financial struggles and concerns about the future, the social worker can help the family to grasp the changes that are taking place and adjust to them. Referrals can be made should the social worker not have the capability to effectively solve the relevant problems.

When there is a case that is non-controverted, the social worker can talk to the insurer and try to maximize the worker's benefits. It is also possible that the social worker will deal with other issues like speaking to landlords, creditors and utility companies to set up payment plans; prevent immediate action on late payments until the case has been completed; help with seeking public assistance; and craft a budget to adhere to the current circumstances. The social worker can also assist with getting the right medical care and returning to work options.

While injured workers will undoubtedly be cognizant of the workers' compensation benefits available to them such as medical care and lost wages, social services can be of assistance with other problems that inevitably crop up for a vast percentage of New York workers who are injured and unable to work. When seeking these or any other workers' compensation benefits, it is important to have legal assistance from the beginning.

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