By DIANE WILLIAMS
DC 37 urges its members, especially those classified as essential workers, frontline workers, and healthcare workers, who have contracted and are diagnosed with novel coronavirus, COVID-19, to apply for Workers’ Compensation.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has extended the window to file a claim by an additional 30 days from the date of your injury or illness. The Workers’ Compensation Board has not changed its rules or application process.
Any DC 37 member seeking to file a Workers’ Comp claim must notify their agency within 30 days of testing Positive for COVID-19 and provide medical documentation to substantiate their claim. Members must also file a C-3 form with the NYS Worker’s Compensation Board by telephone or electronically.
DC 37 does not provide legal representation in Workers’ Compensation matters. However, we are advising members to file Workers’ Compensation paperwork if you contracted COVID-19 on the job or in the line of duty.
If you would like to consult with an attorney, you are free to choose any attorney you wish to represent you in a Workers’ Comp claim. A list of Workers’ Compensation attorneys is available.
News and updates may be found on the DC 37 COVID-19 website. If you have any questions, please contact your union rep or the DC 37 Safety and Health Unit, 212-815-1685.
For problems filing your claim, please call the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board Advocate for Injured Workers at 800-580-6665.