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Are You Eligible For Workman's Compensation?

Friday, April 26, 2013

The answer may surprise you. Under the following conditions you may not receive Worker’s Compensation benefits: 1. Your claim involves working for a non-profit and you are unpaid. It should be noted however, that if you receive a stipend, room and board or any other perks with a monetary value, the position may be considered a paid occupation. But any money that received on the part of the employee to be used as work expenses is not considered a stipend. 2. Any clergymen who perform religious ceremonies or duties. 3.  Anyone injured while playing on a non-profit amateur sports team. […]

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What You Need To Know About Receiving Cash Benefits

Thursday, April 25, 2013

If you are injured on the job, your employer should be paying for any necessary medical expenses. When it comes to the money you’d normally be making, that’s a little more complicated. While you may be receiving medical benefits after a work related accident, your not going to see a dime of the wages you’d normally have coming to you for the first seven days you are disabled. Once you’re out of work for eight days though, it’s a different story. At this point, you’re entitled to your regular pay AND once you’ve been out of work for fourteen days, […]

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Veteran's Disability

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Over 45% of the 1.6 million veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are currently seeking VA compensation for service connected injuries and disabilities. Returning veterans may be eligible to receive numerous benefits pertaining to injuries sustained while in the service. Disability Compensation is a tax-free monetary benefit that may be received by Veterans who have been disabled as a result of an injury or illness that has been caused by or aggravated as a result of military service. Post-service disabilities may also be covered should they be deemed related to military service. Those suffering from physical as well as […]

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Reporting Discrimination

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Have you been fired or experienced some sort of unfair treatment after claiming or trying to claim Worker’s Compensation? If so, you should be aware that your employer is violating  The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. There is a penalty of $100 to $500 for each employee that is discriminated against. Form DC-120 must be filled out and sent to the nearest Worker’s Compensation Board District Office within two years of the alleged discrimination if you wish to report such incidents. Should the board rule in favor of the employee, the employer must restore them to their former position […]

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Getting Assistance With Your Claim

Monday, April 1, 2013

You may need assistance from the Worker’s Compensation Board after reporting an on-the-job injury .Form RFA-1W-Request for Assistance By Injured Worker is provided for this purpose. The form is generally not used for claims where the case is not accepted by the employer or carrier. If you are unsure as to whether or not the claim is being argued against, you can call the WCB at 1-877-632-4996. There are several reasons you may want to file form RFA-1W. Maybe you’ve been out of work for more than seven days and are not receiving any compensation. Perhaps you aren’t able to […]

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Healthy New York

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Healthy New York program was introduced as part of the Health Care Reform Act of 2000. Healthy New York provides need-based health insurance coverage for those who qualify. The program is overseen by the New York State Department of Financial Services and is subject to state law and regulation. All HMOs in New York are required by state law to offer Healthy NY. The program’s benefit package (along with state funding) provides more affordable health coverage including inpatient and outpatient hospital services, physician services, maternity care, preventive health services, diagnostic services and emergency services. Eligibility varies depending on if you are […]

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Appeals

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

To appeal a decision essentially means bringing a case to a higher court system after a Judge’s ruling. During a hearing before a Worker’s Compensation Law Judge, medical records, personal testimony and other evidence is reviewed and a decision is made as to whether or not the claimant is entitled to compensation or benefits. The Judge also decides what these include and for how long they may be received. However, this ruling need not be the final word on the matter if either the employer or the employee deems it unfair. Either party may appeal the decision within 30 days […]

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Hyaluronate Injections

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sodium Hyaluronate is a chemical used in the treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis (you may have seen advertisements for various brands of the drug on television). The substance is injected into the knee and essentially acts as a lubricant, shock absorber and pain reliever while also stimulating the natural production of synovial fluid. Essentially it acts as a replacement for the fluid that is naturally occurring in the joint. Therapies like this are known as viscosupplementation. It is generally used as a last resort before surgery or joint replacement should analgesics like acetaminophen fail. It is important that you tell […]

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What is an Occupational Disease?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

 Your work-related disability may not be the result of a single accident. Exposure to certain job related agents may have caused you to develop a debilitating condition over time. However, not all injuries that develop over time are occupational diseases that entitle you to benefits. The illness must be “the natural and unavoidable result of the conditions of employment”. In other words, you can’t go out of your way to inhale fiberglass while working on a construction site or be gnawing at a lead pipe all day while working in an office and expect to receive benefits when you get sick. […]

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Workers Compensation Settlements: Stipulations, Schedule Loss of Use (SLU) Awards and Section 32 Agreements

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Schedule Loss of Use Awards (SLU’s) are awards given to injured workers who have permanent injures to certain body pats, most often extremity injuries. New York Workers Compensation Schedule Loss of Use (SLU) Awards . It should be noted that an injure claimant can receive a Schedule Loss of Use Award without having to lose any time from work.
The most important aspect of a Section 32 Agreement is that the claimant is allowed to waive any or all past, present or future compensation and medical benefits

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