What is an IME?

The most common complaint we receive from our New York Workers' Compensation clients is that they are improperly examined by IME's. What is an IME? An IME or "Independent Medical Examiner" is a doctor hired by the insurance company for the purpose...

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Perks of Winning Your SSD Claim

Did you know? Applying for and receiving Social Security Disability Benefits, ( when one is UNDER retirement age and unable to work for at least 12 months,) bestows perks from the Government that many people don’t know about. These include...

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Workers’ Comp Fraud—The Other Side of the Coin

There’s an insurance industry radio ad campaign currently running, containing the following warning: Don’t commit Workers’ Comp insurance fraud or you’ll end up in jail and you will shame your family. It’s clearly aimed at injured workers. I get...

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FALLS IN EMPLOYEE PARKING LOTS— ARE THEY COVERED BY WORKERS’ COMP?

While everyone knows that an accident that happens to an employee inside a workplace or work building is clearly a Workers' Comp case in New York, what about accidents that occur OUTSIDE the office building or workplace? This winter was...

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Dangerous Jobs

Did you know that some nursing homes have bariatric wards where Certified Nurse’s Aides (CNA’s) must care for obese patients? What happens when, due to staffing issues, the direct caregivers get little or no co-worker assistance with these patients...

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Average Weekly Wage – What is it and how is it calculated?

In NY, an injured worker is entitled to weekly payments equalling two-thirds (2/3) of their salary while they are out of work. The figure used for their pre-injury salary is known as their "average weekly wage" ("AWW"). How does...

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Workers’ Comp and Pro Sports

I’m a sports nut- like many people I know. I follow all four major pro sports and have read literally hundreds of sports books and publications in my lifetime. I’ve been to and watched countless games. What many people...

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What the Workers Comp Insurance Company Is REALLY Concerned About

Workers’ Comp in New York State is constantly changing. Recently, I was asked by union officials to give a second legal opinion about a situation where a union member (not my client) had been accused of Workers’ Comp (WC) fraud....

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Labor Day: A Day to Commemorate, Not Just Celebrate

Labor Day just passed, and for most of us it’s back to our day-to-day work lives. Some, however, have given their lives while performing their jobs. Rather than just celebration, Labor Day should bring us reflection, as well, and...

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Workers’ Comp: It’s Not Just for People Out of Work- Part 2

In a previous essay I wrote about Workers’ Compensation (WC)  permanent injury awards: "Permanent injuries to joints of the body, vision, and hearing, qualify for "schedule loss of use" awards regardless of whether a person is working or not",  I...

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