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WHO IS COVERED BY WORKERS’ COMPENSATION?

With a few exceptions, all employers in New York State are required to provide Workers Compensation coverage for their employees.  The cost of the coverage must be paid solely by the employer, and it is against the law for the employer to ask a worker to pay any part of the cost of the workers’ […]

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Reimbursement for Travel Expenses in a Workers’ Compensation Case

Once your workers’ compensation case is accepted by the insurance company or established by the Workers’ Compensation Board, you are entitled to reimbursement for your travel to and from your health care providers (doctors, therapists, etc.) as well as to the insurance company’s “independent medical examiners” or “IMEs.” The rule is that the insurance company must […]

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PERMANENT LIMB INJURIES AND “SCHEDULE LOSS” AWARDS

What is a Schedule Loss Award? The Workers’ Compensation Law provides money awards for the permanent loss or loss of use of a limb – arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers, toes, vision, hearing, and facial scars. These are known as “schedule loss of use” awards because there is a “schedule” in the law that assigns a value […]

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Another Landmark Victory Allows Injured Workers to Have a Change in Condition After a Permanent Partial Disability Classification

The Workers’ Compensation Law has four kinds of benefits for periods of disability from work: permanent total disability, temporary total disability, permanent partial disability and temporary partial disability. “Total” disability benefits are paid for periods in which someone is unable to do any work of any kind. “Partial” disability benefits are paid for periods in which you cannot […]

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Landmark Victories Mean More Injured Workers Will Receive Compensation for Permanent Limb Injuries

The Workers’ Compensation Law includes two types of “permanent partial disability” awards. One kind, known as “schedule loss of use,” provides compensation for the loss of use of a limb – arms, legs, feet, hands, fingers, toes, vision loss, hearing loss, or permanent facial scars. There are money awards payable for these kinds of injuries even if […]

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MEDICAL TREATMENT GUIDELINES

New Medical Treatment Guidelines for Treatment to the Elbow, Foot, Ankle, Hip, Groin and Interstitial Lung Disease   The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board recently adopted new Medical Treatment Guidelines that cover treatment for the elbow, foot, ankle, hip, groin and interstitial lung disease. These guidelines will go into effect on January 1, 2021 […]

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Workers’ Comp Board Moves to Cover Essential Workers with COVID-19

On June 2, 2020 the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board posted a “COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Q & A” to its web site.  It is clear that this document was meant to address the concerns and questions we have written about in our op eds, which you can find here and here. https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-coronavirus-victims-compensation-fund-20200417-aeg3qq6uozdvxccwarwruhjvr4-story.html and here… […]

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New York’s Workers’ Compensation System Must Cover Essential Workers

It seems clear that the state’s workers’ compensation system should cover those essential workers who become ill and even die due to COVID-19 since the system’s purpose is to protect workers who are injured or become ill on the job. But that may not be the case. On June 1, one of our partners, Sanjai […]

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WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ADEQUATE UNINSURED MORTORIST/ UNDERINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE ON YOUR AUTO POLICY

In New York, you are only required to carry the following minimum auto insurance coverage:   $25,000 per person/$50,000 per accident bodily injury coverage $10,000 property damage coverage $25,000 per person/$50,000 per accident uninsured/underinsured motorist (SUM) coverage $50,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage   What does this mean if you are involved in a […]

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OCCUPATIONAL HEARING LOSS

The Workers’ Compensation Law provides benefits for workers who suffer from hearing loss as the result of occupational noise exposure.  These benefits include money awards and payment for hearing aids.  However, a claim for occupational hearing loss cannot be filed while someone is still working and is still exposed to loud noises – they have […]

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