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What Might a Private Investigator Use Against You in a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

If you’ve been injured at work, you may encounter resistance from your employer when you try to make a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Often, employers simply don’t want to incur the costs of a workplace injury claim and will do whatever they can to avoid paying a claim. This can even include using a Read More

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Healthcare Workers Susceptible to Injury from Workplace Violence, Overexertion

Healthcare workers such as nurses, nurse’s aides, and doctors work with people at their most needy, including at times when patients may be immobilized by an illness, suffering from ill effects of an illicit drug, or when they have harmed themselves as the result of a mental illness. These and other factors all contribute to Read More

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Repetitive Workplace Stress Injuries: Occupational Disease

Making the same motion hundreds of times a day, like striking keys on a keyboard, can result in repetitive workplace stress injuries, also known as occupational disease. In NYS, repetitive stress injuries (RSI) are known as an “occupational disease” or “occupational claim.” By either terminology, same is defined as any cumulative trauma disorder or repetitive Read More

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What is a Section 32 Settlement?

If you’re in the midst of a workers’ compensation claim in New York, you may be eager for a resolution of your claim(s). You may have heard of Section 32 settlements, which offer workers’ compensation claimants in a one-time lump sum payment that resolves either all or a portion of an injured worker’s claims. While Read More

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Injury from Swinging Gate Found to be Work-Related

After receiving denials from the New York state retirement board, a hearing officer, and the state comptroller, a New York State employee has finally been determined to have sustained an injury making her eligible for disability retirement benefits, based on an incident which occurred in June of 2010. The benefits applicant, Sheila Traxler, was working Read More

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Arriving at Federal Disability Payments Faster with a Compassionate Allowance

The length of time between applying for and actually receiving Social Security Disability benefits can stretch on for months, even years. When you’re struggling to make ends meet after receiving a diagnosis of a disabling injury or illness, you may be wondering how you’re going to cover your day-to-day expenses while your application is being Read More

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Maintaining an Attachment to the Labor Market after a Disability

When someone is injured on the job, NYS Worker’s Compensation affords that person (claimant) two remedies: lost wage benefits for the time period claimant is out of work because of disability associated with their injury, and medical treatment for their causally related injuries (subject to fee schedules and medical guidelines).  These benefits are also afforded Read More

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Injured by Violence in the Workplace

Workplace violence is more common than one might think. Employers have an obligation to take steps to keep their employees safe, especially for employees working in professions where a known risk of violence exists.  When employers fail to take necessary precautions, they put their employees’ physical and emotional health at risk. The Occupational Safety and Read More

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Common Reasons for Denials of Workers’ Compensation Claims

When you applied for Workers’ Compensation benefits in New York, you may have felt certain that your claim would be approved and that you’d soon begin receiving the benefits you need to meet your basic living expenses while you’re off work. However, if your application was denied, it can feel like a major blow, and Read More

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I’ve Been Injured While Working from Home—Is Workers’ Compensation Available?

The definition of what constitutes a “workplace” is constantly evolving, as technology becomes increasingly supportive of remote workers. If you’ve begun telecommuting to your job, you’re certainly not alone. Telecommuting rose 103% between 2005 and 2015, and 6.5% in 2014 alone. Around 50% of the workforce in the US has a job where they could Read More

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