Workers’ Compensation Helpful Links

Labor Market Attachment

February 2016 | Category: Helpful Links, Workers’ Compensation

With regard to Workers’ Compensation, it is integral that you be found “attached to the labor market” in order to collect benefits. The system of compensation is designed to ensure that a claimant searches for work within their restrictions while collecting benefits from Workers’ Compensation. A claimant has a duty to look for work within their restrictions if their doctor or a judge has found them to be anything less than totally disabled from work. A failure to remain “attached to the labor market” can result in disqualification from weekly compensation benefits. The consequences are dire and can seriously jeopardize […]

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Scheduled Loss of Use vs. Section 32

February 2016 | Category: Helpful Links, Workers’ Compensation

When it comes time to settle your claim for the loss of use of an extremity it is critical to ensure that you maximize your settlement and also keep the medical protection for life if your injury requires it. A Schedule Loss of Use (“SLU”) comes with medical protection for life, while a Global Section 32 agreement permanently closes your case. Following is a breakdown of how each of these settlements work. Qualifications for a Schedule Loss of Use. A “SLU” is only applicable to injured extremities, including a leg, arm, knee, foot, hand, and fingers. It is not applicable […]

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New York State Worker’s Compensation Statistics

February 2016 | Category: Helpful Links, Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation statistical data available in 2014 revealed a continuing downward trend in overall claim frequency and an increasing trend in claim costs. The decrease in historical New York medical claim frequency is consistent with observed decreases in claim frequencies across the country. Indemnity claim frequency remained flat, as it has been over the last several years. The most frequent causes of injuries resulting in Workers’ Compensation claims in New York in 2012 (the last year for which data is available) were lifting (8.3 percent of claims), slips, trips and falls (7.9 percent) and unclassified specific injuries (7.7 percent). The […]

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Workers’ Compensation: Filing and Getting Benefits

February 2016 | Category: Helpful Links, Workers’ Compensation

When Do you Become Eligible For Workers’ Compensation? You are covered by Workers’ Compensation laws from the first day you begin your job. If you are injured on the job, regardless of whether the injury was your fault or not, you are covered by Workers’ Compensation laws. The only exceptions are if you were intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, or if you intentionally caused the accident. How to File for Worker Compensation? In the event of an occupational illness or injury, you should: Inform your employer of what has happened within 30 days of the incident or diagnosis; […]

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