As an injured worker, you have the right to be represented by an attorney or a licensed representative of your choosing. The New York State Bar Association and the Injured Workers' Bar Association provide tools on their websites to help you find a lawyer near you who practices workers' compensation law. The Board licenses non-attorneys to represent claimants in workers' compensation claims. Licensed representatives must pass an examination to demonstrate knowledge of the Workers' Compensation Law and Board rules and regulations.
An attorney or licensed representative may not charge you directly for representing you in a workers' compensation case. If there is a money award in your case, your attorney or licensed representative may ask for a legal fee, which must be approved by the Board. Any legal fee will be deducted from your award and paid directly to your attorney or licensed representative by the insurance carrier.
The New York Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) does not recommend particular lawyers or licensed representatives, nor does the WCB endorse the Injured Workers' Bar Association (IWBA), the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), any of the NYSBA affiliates, the attorneys listed on their websites, or any of the websites' content.
The WCB is not a lawyer referral service, and no attorney-client or confidential relationship is or should be formed by use of the WCB site, the IWBA site, or the NYSBA site.
The WCB has made no investigation into the particular abilities of any attorney to handle any legal matter. The WCB makes no warranties or representations about the attorney's ability to handle any legal matter.
Before employing an attorney or licensed representative, you should interview him or her and make whatever investigation you feel is appropriate into his or her qualifications to handle your legal matter.