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THE SIX TYPES OF WORKERS’ COMP BENEFIT

New York’s Workers’ Compensation Law provides six different types of money benefit, as well as medical treatment.  The type of money benefit that an injured worker is entitled to depends on a few factors:  the duration of the disability (how long it is continuing or is expected to continue), the extent of the disability (how […]

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VACCINES AND WORKERS’ COMP COVERAGE

With many employers requiring or strongly recommending that workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to in-person work, it’s a good time to review employer liability for any side-effects of a vaccination that was required for work. In the healthcare field, the employer will probably be responsible for workers’ compensation benefits if someone is injured […]

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INJURIES WHILE WORKING FROM HOME

Historically, New York’s workers’ compensation system has taken a dim view of claims for injuries suffered while working at home.  In most cases, the person making the claim usually worked in an office of some type, but sometimes took work home and was injured on one of those occasions.  In order to provide coverage, the […]

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NEW YORK’S PAID FAMILY LEAVE LAW

New York’s Paid Family Leave Law is now five years old.  The law provides workers with job-protected, paid time off to care for a new child, a sick family member, to help the spouse, children or parents of someone who is on active military duty overseas, or to quarantine as the result of a COVID […]

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WORKERS’ COMP RULES FOR NOTICE TO THE EMPLOYER

When a worker is injured on the job, the first four things to do are (1) notify the employer; (2) get medical attention; (3) file a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Board using a C-3 form; and (4) get legal representation.  The first item on this list – notifying the employer – is the one […]

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WORK-RELATED HEARING LOSS

Many workers are employed in occupations where they are routinely exposed to loud noise.  Transit workers, airport workers, mechanics, pressmen, and construction workers are just a few examples of occupations where noise exposure is part of the job.  Although many noise-exposed workers use hearing protection, there are often situations where its use is impractical or […]

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IS IT TOO LATE TO SUE? MAYBE NOT

For almost any kind of legal action, there is a time period within which you must start the action.  If the case or claim is brought after that time period expires, it is considered “time-barred” and is almost always denied, dismissed, or otherwise disposed of without any recovery. In workers’ compensation and personal injury cases, […]

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HOW TO GET THE MOST PROTECTION FROM YOUR AUTO INSURANCE POLICY

When someone asks for the amount of an auto insurance policy, the first numbers that come to mind are the “bodily injury limits.”  When we say a policy is (for example) “a 100/300” policy, what we mean is that our insurer will pay a maximum of $100,000 to another person who we injure in a […]

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DIRECT DEPOSIT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WORKERS’ COMP PAYMENTS

Workers often complain that their workers’ compensation checks are late.  Sometimes the employer or insurance company didn’t issue the check on time or because the payment schedule is irregular.  However, it is not uncommon for checks to be delayed, lost, sent to the wrong address, or misdirected in the mail. Effective July 1, 2021 workers […]

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SOCIAL SECURITY: MORE THAN JUST RETIREMENT

The Social Security program provides a variety of benefits.  Although retirement is the most well-known, the program also provides disability benefits for people who cannot work – regardless of the cause of the disability. To be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, you must be “insured.”  In general, someone is insured if they worked for […]

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