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A Time to Be Grateful – Remember 9/11 Hero Diane DiGiacomo

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

As Thanksgiving 2015 approaches, some may wonder what we should be grateful for as our world copes with the barbaric actions of ISIS and other radical Islamic terrorist groups. However, the death from cancer last week of Diane DiGiacomo, an ASPCA  special investigator who helped rescue animals around Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, reminds us that those of us who are not victims of workplace illnesses and death indeed have much to be grateful for. Rest in peace Diane. Just a week before the 54 year old DiGiacomo died of the multiple cancers that ravaged her body, a New York […]

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Is Working While On Disability a Contradiction?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  You know someone who has been involved in an accident that has affected his ability to perform his duties at work. He applies for disability, and receives it; but then you find out that he is working at another job. You scratch your head and wonder how it’s possible that someone who is receiving disability is able to continue working. Isn’t that some sort of conflict of interest? Actually, it isn’t. As surprising as it may sound, the government actually offers incentives to those who are on disability. The aim of these incentives is to encourage those who are […]

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Scaffold Law: The Argument Between Workers and Contractors Continue

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The long debate over whether or not the Scaffold Law should be reformed or repealed continues. In short, contractors, property owners and insurers want it repealed because they feel it is antiquated and biased against them. Labor advocates want it to remain and continue to protect the safety of New York construction workers. The Scaffold Law was enacted in New York back in 1885 to hold employers accountable in upholding safety measures for workers that were laboring at dangerous heights during the skyscraper boom. Over the years, there has been some lobbying in an attempt to repeal the law, but in […]

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New Study Finds Low Back Pain Leading Cause of Disability

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A new study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases journal reported that low back pain is a leading cause of disability not only in the United States, but worldwide. 1 out of every 10 people suffer from some type of low back pain. Out of 21 regions studied, the top regions for disability were Western Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The lowest numbers in disability from low back pain were in the areas of the Caribbean and Latin America. The study was conducted over a 6 year span and used data about back pain from other studies […]

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Troy Rosasco Quoted In Newsday On Long-Term Disability Benefits

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Recently, Attorney Troy Rosasco of the New York Disability Law Firm Turley, Redmond, Rosasco and Rosasco, was asked to give his legal advice in Newsday’s  “Help Wanted” column.  The column, run by business reporter Carrie Mason-Draffen, is the “Dear Abby” of work-related issues. One Reader wrote in to the column to ask whether or not it is legal for a long-term disability insurance company to reduce monthly payments to workers if they are also receiving social security benefits. In short, Mr. Rosasco’s answer was that unfortunately it is legal. His full explanation as to why it is legal can be read […]

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How To Fill Your Prescription Under Workers’ Compensation

Friday, February 7, 2014

If you have been injured on the job, you may require medication in order to heal and cope with pain. As you would expect, your medications will have to be filled by a pharmacy; but if you have filed for Workers’ Compensation  for your work-related injuries or illnesses, there are specific guidelines in which to have those prescriptions filled. The following is a simple breakdown of the process in having your prescriptions filled by a pharmacy under Workers’ Compensation Law: Filling Medications: You have a right to obtain medications that are needed for your work-related injury or illnesses under Workers’ […]

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Workers’ Compensation Cash Benefits – What are the different types?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

If you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation cash benefits.  Under the statute to injured workers, there are 3 types of workers’ compensation cash benefits that may be relevant to your particular work related injury.     The following is a simple explanation of each workers’ compensation cash benefit that you may be eligible for: Cash Benefit for Lost Wages: If you are partially or totally disabled for more than 14 days, then you are entitled to workers’ compensation cash benefits for your lost wages.  You will receive an amount based on your […]

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Who is an "Employee" Under Workers’ Compensation Law?

Monday, December 9, 2013

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has specific guidelines which are used to determine who is considered an employee under New York State Workers’ Compensation Law (WCL). Under this law, all “employees” must be covered under a workers’ compensation insurance policy by his or her employer in order to be protected and receive benefits should they be involved in an accident on the job. The Workers’ Compensation Board defines an employee as an individual who provides services to a for-profit business. If the services provided by an individual do not meet the definition of an “employee” under workers’ […]

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What is the NY Workers’ Comp Claims Process?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Most people don’t go into work and say “I think I will get injured today. Yeah that’s what I’ll do! At two thirty, I’ll be the victim of a horrible accident and spend months or even years undergoing a grueling and expensive recovery process“.   As such, many people are not prepared when serious work accidents do strike.  Recovery may take a very long time and result in a lot of financial stress and anxiety. That being said, it is important to understand the New York Workers’ Compensation claims process ahead of time so you are prepared. To better understand these […]

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