Preeminent Workers’ Compensation Attorney Serving Dutchess County
Skilled Representation for NYS Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability & New York State Retirement Hearings
Peter M. Cordovano, P.C. is a law practice dedicated to helping individuals in crisis due to a workplace injury. If you have been injured on the job, I can provide the quality legal representation you need to protect your rights and achieve a positive outcome. Since 1987, I have fought for distressed clients who needed capable case management and calm reassurance. Through tireless efforts, I’ve been able to obtain consistently good results for people in Ulster County, Orange County, Putnam County, and Columbia County who’ve entrusted their case to my care.
AV Preeminent® Rated Since 2018
Our Practice Areas
Knowledgeable Representation Across a Range of Workers' Compensation & Disability Cases
Trusted Lawyer for Uninsured Employer Defense & Penalty Cases Before the New York State Worker's Compensation Board
Quality legal representation is a duty I take very seriously. When it comes to workers compensation, I am:
- Dedicated — I focus intently on delivering the best results possible under the facts of your case, but I am also determined to give you support and confidence throughout the process. My office is responsive to your calls and emails, and I keep you actively involved and informed throughout the course of your representation.
- Experienced — I have represented individuals in civil and criminal court proceedings and before numerous boards and administrative agencies throughout the Hudson Valley for more than 35 years.
- Professional — Colleagues familiar with my results have helped me earn the singular distinction of AV-Rated® Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, being a recognition from my colleagues of not only my legal ability, but my professional ethics as well. Peter M Cordovano has been named numerous times as one of the top lawyers in the NYS Hudson Valley region and in his areas of practice.
Legal matters are worrisome enough without your own attorney adding to your anxiety. I take the time to thoroughly explain all the aspects of the case to you in plain language. My clients appreciate my sense of humor and positive attitude; they find me easy to talk to even when dealing with the most serious and complex legal issues.
Not only does Peter M. Cordovano have a profound respect for the legal profession, he has earned an esteemed reputation for his tireless dedication to Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability clients.
Attorney Peter M. Cordovano has a solid grasp of the medical issues involved in his clients' cases and can effectively engage with medical providers and insurance company representatives.
Over the years, our firm has had the pleasure of helping more than 1,500 clients navigate complex Social Security Disability and Worker's Compensation cases.
Since 1987, Attorney Peter M. Cordovano has fought for distressed clients who need capable case management and calm reassurance.
"Most Excellent Lawyer"
I would like to thank you, for all you have done for me and my son. You are the kindest person and most excellent lawyer I have known in my life. You are our angel.- Maria I.
Knowledgeable Assistance for Workers & Employers in Workers’ Compensation Disputes
If you have been hurt on the job in Highland, Poughkeepsie, Arlington, or Kingston, I can help you get the compensation you need and deserve to help cover your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. I help injured workers recover workers’ compensation benefits as well as other applicable benefits, including Social Security disability and NYS retirement disability. I have a solid grasp of the medical issues involved in common workers’ compensation injuries and can engage with medical providers and insurance company representatives to accept your claim or reach a favorable disability settlement. I also have vast experience on the other side of workers’ compensation disputes. I am the only uninsured employer defense attorney in the Highland, New York area.
What is a Section 32 Agreement, and how do I know if I need one?
A Section 32 Agreement is a waiver agreement between you and your company's workers' comp insurance carrier. If you negotiate a Section 32 Agreement, you agree to settle your claim in exchange for a lump sum cash payment, and you waive your rights to pursue the claim further. Once a Section 32 Agreement is negotiated and approved by the Workers' Compensation Board, your case is closed and cannot be reopened.
You should discuss the pros and cons of a Section 32 Agreement with your attorney before you sign one. For instance, a Section 32 wavier may not be good for you if you might need further treatment or therapy down the road, but it might be in your best interests if you have a permanent partial disability, due to the cap on how long you can collect benefits. A Section 32 waiver agreement is a complicated legal document, and you should definitely have legal advice and representation in negotiating, drafting or reviewing one.
How do I know if I am covered by workers' compensation?
New York workers' compensation law is very broadly defined. Nearly every employee in a for-profit enterprise is covered. Additionally, the law covers county and municipal employees engaged in a hazardous occupation, public school teachers outside of New York City, state employees, and certain domestic workers and farm workers. Unless the law specifically excludes your industry or occupation, you are very likely covered. If you are unsure about coverage on your job, contact our office for a confidential consultation with an experienced New York workers' compensation lawyer.
What is the difference between SSI and SSDI?SSI (Supplementary Security Income) is a needs-based program that pays monthly benefits to people who qualify due to low income. SSDI is the program which pays benefits for people who cannot work due to a disability. SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance.
How Does Social Security figure out what my disability benefits are?
Benefits are determined based upon your age and your work history, including how long you have worked and how long it has been since you last worked. Benefits are based in part on how many "work credits" you have accumulated. Your monthly disability benefit is based on your lifetime average earnings, but the SSA uses several different formulas to arrive at the precise benefit amount. Workers' compensation or other payments that you receive can also affect the amount of SSD you can get.
How is disability defined by Social Security?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses its own definition of disability, which may be different than disability as used by New York workers' compensation or NYS retirement systems. The SSA definition requires that you have a physical or mental condition (or both) that makes you unable to work or "perform substantial gainful activity." In addition, the SSA definition of disability requires that you have a medical condition that is expected to last for a year or more or eventually result in death.
The SSA uses a multi-step process to determine if you are disabled. You can find more information on this process by following a link on our Resources page.
The following links and resources are provided by the law office of Peter M. Cordovano, P.C. for the benefit of individuals seeking information on New York Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability matters. If you need advice or assistance in any of these areas, contact Peter M. Cordovano for a free consultation with a dedicated and experienced attorney.