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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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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Happy Holidays

Do you know someone who has been injured or become seriously ill and has been unable to work? Which of these should they apply for? Sick time pay -----Vacation pay-------Workers’ Comp------- Social Security Disability -----Short-term Disability----- Long -term Disability------ Unemployment ??? Imagine...

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Election Day: Your Chance to Be Heard

In my new office’s  waiting room is a framed poster. It says "The Labor Movement...The Folks That Brought You ...Child Labor Laws....Health Benefits...Workers’ Comp....Equal Pay for Equal Work....The Weekend....(etc.). The poster also contains a quote: "Power concedes nothing without...

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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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Attorneys: The Best Source of Info About Obtaining Workers’ Comp Benefits

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...

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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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“Independent” Medical Examiners Chastised for Lying

In Workers’ Comp, personal injury, and other legal forums, insurance companies routinely hire "independent medical examiners" (IME’s) to defend the insurance company from the medical part of a claim. As you should know, IME’s are NOT independent. They are...

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