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Category: NY Workers Compensation Claims

Representing Your First Workers Compensation Client

Monday, April 4, 2005

I will be presenting a Continuing Legal Education Seminar entitled “Representing Your First Workers Compensation Client” on Saturday, April 16, 2005 at my Alma Mater, St. John’s University School of Law. This is part of the Law School’s “Bridge the Gap Weekend” for newly admitted attorneys or experienced lawyers looking for a new practice area. I promise not to lecture! This is a practical program where attorneys will argue several hypothetical cases and learn about: the initial client interview, accidents vs. occupational diseases, preparing for a hearing at the New York State Workers Compensation Board, appeals and workers compensation settlements. […]

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Suburban Sweatshops

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Suburban Sweatshops is an important new book by Jennifer Gordon documenting the appalling working conditions of immigrants in our modern day suburbia. We had the pleasure of attending a book signing and celebration held last week at Hofstra University. Hofstra is down the street from The Workplace Project, a ground breaking organization founded by Ms. Gordon to provide legal representation to undocumented workers from Latin America. Our firm has had the privilege to represent many in their workers compensation claims and provide additional financial support for the organization. Ms. Gordon, a MacArthur Fellow and now an Associate Professor of Law […]

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Attorney General Spitzer Protects Disabled Workers

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

For those who needed more convincing that New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer is a friend of disabled workers, here is another example of his willingness to prosecute the powerful who prey on the vulnerable workers. Last November, Spitzer played an important role in forcing the Unum Provident Corporation to change their unfair case handling practices in long term disability claims. Spitzer is now combating one of the largest causes of workers compensation premium increases for small business – EMPLOYER PREMIUM FRAUD! An upstate bridge painting company defrauded the New York State Insurance Fund out of over $145,000 in […]

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Suicide & Workers Compensation

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Yesterday, we received a call about our workers compensation client who was struggling with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) and depression. He shot himself over the weekend. Our sympathy goes out to his loved ones. We represented this client for over five years in both New York workers compensation and social security disability claims. We successfully fought to get him special authorization for surgery at Yale University Medical Center and psychiatric treatment. We won his social security case. Tragedies like this one are a real kick in the gut to the lawyers and paralegals in […]

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Naughty Worker Has No Scaffold Claim

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

As recently reported in Matthew Lerner’s excellent New York Civil Law blog, the New York Court of Appeals recently decided that a worker who fails to use safety devices provided to him by his employer cannot prevail in a Labor Law ¬ß240(1) claim (otherwise known as the Scaffold Law). Cahill v. Triboroough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. The “Scaffold Law” allows the injured worker to sue a general contractor or property owner, in addition to collecting workers compensation from the employer. Jury awards in scaffold cases can be very high. Using the term “recalcitrant worker” to describe the employee in this […]

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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial Dinner 3/24/05

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

When I was studying at Cornell School of Industrial & Labor Relations, one of the most riveting events we studied was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. In short, on March 25, 1911, a raging fire broke out on the top floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company building in lower Manhattan. Many of the workers, mostly immigrant women and girls, could not escape because the company had locked the exits. Because of the locked exits, many of the workers had to jump from the ninth floor to their death. In total, 146 workers died. Up until the 9/11 tragedy, the Triangle […]

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