Workers’ Compensation Board
Disability benefits are temporary cash benefits paid to an eligible wage earner when he/she is disabled by an off-the-job injury or illness according to the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board. In addition, pregnancy is covered under short-term disability. The benefit is paid by your employer’s disability insurance. Note that this type of insurance is mandatory for most employers in New York State. Find out if your employer is covered.
In order to be eligible for short-term disability benefits, you must have become injured or ill while not at work but must be employed, or recently employed, at the time of illness or injury. Benefit rights begin on the eighth consecutive day of disability and last for a maximum of 26 weeks of disability during 52 consecutive weeks (Benefit checks are processed every two weeks). For employed workers, there is a 7-day waiting period for which no benefits are paid.
The amount of cash to be received via check equals 50% of the worker’s weekly wage and no more than $170 per week. Benefit checks are processed every two weeks up to 26 consecutive times (52 weeks will be covered in total).
Other Disability Benefits
For long-term disabilities (a year disability), exists two federal programs. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a Federal disability income program for adults who have worked and now find themselves unable to work due to a disability. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal program for adults and children who meet the definition of disabled and have limited income and resources. The SSI is designed to help aged, blind, and severely disabled people, who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. The benefits are paid by the state.
When and How to Make a Claim
You must file your claim within 30 days of becoming disabled. Complete the Workers Compensation Board’s form Employee Claim (C-3) as soon as possible to ensure your benefits are not delayed or interrupted. You must also notify your employer in writing of when, where, and how you were injured or became ill. Find more information here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Definitions are important to know. Check this website with answers to FAQs. The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board can be contacted regarding short-term disability insurance for employees at (877) 632-4996.