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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
It’s a standard question: How long will it take for me to be approved for Social Security Disability Benefits? (SSDB)As with so many other things, the answer is: it varies. In truth, it can take from one month to...
The Workers’ Compensation Board’s recent and ongoing "BPR Initiative" has asked injured workers several survey questions. Here is one: Question 7 asks "Who told you what to do to receive your benefits? You may choose more than one answer". Out of...
My pet peeve of the week is New York employers who don’t assist their employees---and in fact obstruct them---from getting prompt, non-emergency medical care for injuries sustained at work- i.e., Workers’ Comp injuries. According to Section 51 of the Workers’...
Workers’ Comp Myths: Let Me Explode a Few Everyone knows what Workers’ Comp is, but unless you deal with it every day, you only know what you’ve read in the media or heard from others in casual talk. Here are...
In New York, injured workers have the absolute right to choose their own medical provider for their work-related injury. The only requirement is that the doctor or other health provider accept Workers’ Comp (WC) insurance. I regularly advise injured...