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Virginia Commonwealth University Explores the Long-term Impacts of Combat Concussions

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Department of defense and Veterans Affairs has awarded Virginia Commonwealth University with a $50 million federal grant to oversee a national research consortium. The research focuses on determining the chronic effects of brain injuries and includes 30 universities and 27 military and veterans’ medical facilities. The study is led by David X. Cifu, M.D., professor and chair of the VCU School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and senior traumatic brain injury specialist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Cifu and his team are attempting to better understand the relationship between concussions and future neurological conditions […]

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Attachment to The Labor Market

Thursday, September 19, 2019

IF I AM RECEIVING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION PAYMENTS, DO I HAVE TO SHOW THAT I AM LOOKING FOR WORK?  Under the New York State Workers’ Compensation Law, if you have been found to have a partial disability, then, under many circumstances, you are required to look for work within your medical restrictions. You may hear the term “attachment to the labor market” when dealing with this issue. It is very similar to the situation when someone is receiving unemployment benefits and is required to show that he or she is looking for work to keep the benefits going. Your Suffolk County […]

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BrainHQ Training Program for Vets with TBI

Saturday, September 7, 2019

BrainHQ is a training program developed by the software company Posit Science that was recently put to the test in a small study that included 83 military personnel with cognitive impairment following a mild TBI. This study was conducted at five different Veterans Affairs health care sites and sought to discover the impact of brain training exercises on the cognitive ability of these veterans. Half of the study’s population was randomly assigned to the BrainHQ group and half were assigned to play normal computer games like hangman or boggle. These groups were instructed to play their respective games for one […]

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Office of the Inspector General Reports on the VA’s Inability to Provide Quality Coverage for Veterans

Monday, August 26, 2019

According to a recent report conducted by the Office of the Inspector General, the VA denied coverage for 17,400 veterans in a six-month period in 2017. These claims totaled to $53.3 million and should have been covered by the government. It appears the environment at the VA contributed to the inaccuracy of approval decisions for medical claims. The findings state that there was “systemic pressure to favor speed over accuracy” when it came to reviewing claims. “Overall, the responses showed that the claims-processing environment focused on production and prioritized quantity over quality,” the report states. The report elaborates further on […]

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Workers’ Compensation: The Hearing Experience

Monday, July 29, 2019

It recently occurred to me that I am now in my 35th year of handling hearings before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. When I began doing this work in Brooklyn, back in 1985, the atmosphere at the Workers’ Compensation Board was quite different. One of the most notable changes is that in 2019 there are more women practicing in the workers’ compensation field. Easily half of the attorneys and insurance company representatives appearing before the Board today are women. At one time, every hearing room was staffed with a stenographer who took down the minutes of the proceedings. […]

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Workers’ Compensation: Benefits Decline While Insurer Profits Rise

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A recent study published by the New School Center for New York City Affairs paints a rather bleak picture for injured workers in The Empire State.  Although the New York workers’ compensation system was, at one time, the paradigm for the rest of the country, the focus has shifted from safeguarding the needs of injured workers to minimizing employer costs. This unfortunate change is outlined in a report entitled “Time for a Real Look at How the New York State Workers’ Compensation System Treats Workers”, by James Parrott and Nicholas B Martin. According to the report, there was a 15 […]

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The Mission Act Replaces The Choice Act

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Returning home from war is tough and the life once left behind may not always be there when you return. Many, unfortunately, return home requiring constant medical attention due to chronic pain derived from the time serving our country. Up until recently, Veterans were only able to be seen by Veteran Affairs (VA) facility emergency rooms. Due to this, most of these facilities became overcrowded and veterans had lengthy waits to receive care. This is not the health care our Veterans deserve when they come home, especially when they require immediate or continual medical care. Thankfully, on June 6th, the […]

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Disabled Adult Child Benefits

Monday, June 10, 2019

As the baby boomer generation prepares to retire, they begin to question what to do in their golden years.  Travel? Pick up a new hobby? But for some, taking care of their disabled adult children and how to go about doing it after they retire, is a more pressing matter, one thought about way before they can even think of themselves. The Social Security Administration does have a few options for those families who may be wanting to seek assistance for their disabled adult child (DAC). A DAC is defined as an individual who is unmarried and who, before the […]

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Traumatic Brain Injuries in Veterans

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Servicemen and women risk their lives every day to keep us safe; they fight and don’t give up. For that, we are thankful. Unfortunately, while keeping our country safe, many are exposed to physical, emotional and mental hardships, which make their return home tough. Common combat injuries include second- and third-degree burns, broken bones, shrapnel wounds, spinal cord injuries and nerve damage, paralysis, loss of sight and hearing, PTSD, limb loss and traumatic brain injuries. The true cost of war is much larger than any figures provided by the Department of Defense, which only includes those wounded in action and […]

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The Skinny on Veteran Obesity

Friday, May 17, 2019

Joining the military is a brave and noble duty. We appreciate their dedication and thank them for their service. Servicemen and women are brave and fight everyday not knowing if they will make it to the next day and deal with a lot of post-combat issues. Many Veterans leave the military in great physical shape, but it doesn’t always last years after their service is complete. Often Veterans become overweight years after and statistics show that out of the 33,000 September 11 service members and veterans, 52% qualify as “obese” and 6.2% qualify as “morbidly obese”. These numbers, surprisingly, has […]

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