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Working From Home And Workers’ Compensation

Following Governor Cuomo’s PAUSE order in March, many employers transitioned to “remote work” and “telecommuting” arrangements so their employees could continue to work from home.  Although the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has slowed in our area and New York State has begun to reopen, many people continue to work from home.  A number of […]

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WE’VE BEEN PUBLISHED (AGAIN)

The Cardozo Law School Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice has just published a law review article by Grey & Grey managing partner Robert Grey titled “The Experience of Immigrants and Low-Wage Workers in the New York State Workers’ Compensation System.”   Law review articles are scholarly articles that are often influential in the […]

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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AND PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS FOR COVID-19

As New York begins to reopen in phases, questions have started to arise about the potential legal liability of hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, businesses and others that may not have taken adequate steps to protect workers, customers and patients from contracting COVID-19 or that failed to provide them with adequate medical treatment.   […]

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COVID-19 AND MENTAL HEALTH

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half of Americans report that the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on their mental health.  Calls to mental health hotlines and specialists have skyrocketed across the country.  And the problems are even more acute for health care workers and essential workers who were on the front lines. […]

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HARD AT WORK HELPING OUR CLIENTS – AND KEEPING YOU INFORMED

New York State may have issued a “PAUSE” order, but our office never missed a beat helping our clients and providing information to them, the public, and policy-makers.   When the New York State courts closed, our personal injury attorneys and staff reviewed every client file and put each case in the best position to […]

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NEW RULES REDUCE ACCESS TO SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS

The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a wide range of factors in deciding whether someone should be approved for Social Security Disability benefits. In recent years, however, it has started to modify some of its rules in a way that makes it more difficult for applicants to qualify for benefits.   Age, education and work experience […]

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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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