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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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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New York Workers’ Comp: What’s the Weekly Dollar Max?

Since July 1, 2010, the maximum weekly benefit rate for NY workers’ compensation  (WC) claimants has been floating from year to year. It is pegged to the date of accident---meaning, even if there are increases in later years, the maximum...

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Workers’ Comp: It’s Not Just For People Out of Work

Clearly one of the biggest misconceptions about Workers’ Comp is that you have to be out of work to collect. That’s because most people have a limited understanding of what benefits are available. In New York, there are many...

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Workers’ Comp and Social Security Disability: They can go together

Many of my clients who are injured on the job in New York State are disabled and stay out of work longer than 12 months. In such an instance, can the injured worker ALSO receive Social Security Disability Benefits? In...

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Who’s Your Employer’s Workers’ Comp Insurance Company??

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’...

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Workers’ Memorial Day

Workers’ Memorial Day was this past Sunday, April 28th. What is Workers’ Memorial Day? Every year, about 4,500 people are killed at work and 50,000 workers die from occupational diseases while millions more are injured. Decades of struggle by workers...

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“Will my boss fire me if I hire a lawyer for my Workers’ Comp Case?”

I get this question all the time. My clients can be hospital workers, maintenance men, teachers, machine operators, carpenters, cooks, you name it. Some are union members, some are not. Almost all are initially worried that if they hire...

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