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New Social Security Disability Hearings for Over 4000 Queens Residents as a Result of Class Action Settlement Alleging Judges Were Biased

Friday, June 7, 2013

any Social Security disability claimant who received either an “Unfavorable” or only a “Partially Favorable” decision by Judges David Z. Nisnewitz, Seymour Fier, Hazel C. Strauss, Marilyn P. Hoppenfeld or Michael D. Cofresi from January 1, 2008 to the date of the final settlement will have the right to a new hearing before a new Judge, and a new decision in their case. If you would like our New York Social Security Disability lawyers to give your prior Social Security disability denial a fresh look and free evaluation, call us toll Free at 1-877-NY-DBLAW (1-877-693-2529).

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Fraud

Friday, May 10, 2013

We’ve all heard those stereotypes about Worker’s Compensation Claims being a lot of bologna. People think of claimants wearing fake neck braces, getting hurt on purpose, hobbling into their hearing limping on one leg and walking out limping on another. It would be naive to say that this never happens, which is a real shame considering how many people legitimately deserve to receive benefits. In 2003, Lisa Cullen published an article about the extent to which people overestimate the prevalence of fraud in Worker’s Compensation. The full article can be viewed here on pbs.org. Once more, there are many instances […]

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Illicit Drug Use and Your Worker's Compensation Claim

Thursday, May 9, 2013

This week, we’ve talked a lot about the regulation of legal pharmaceutical products. Let us take a minute though to think about illicit substances. Worker’s Compensation is considered a no-fault system. The amount of money a claimant receives may not be increased if his or her employer is being negligent. Likewise, an employee’s carelessness may not decrease their award. However, it should be noted that it might be determined that an accident was the result an employee’s intent to cause harm or have been caused by an employee’s intoxication. In this scenario, an employee loses his rights to Worker’s Compensation. […]

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Links to the Latest Information on Drug Safety

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Index to Drug-Specific Information– if a drug has been the subject of review or safety advisory, you can find it on this alphabetical index MedWatch Alerts– you can sign up to receive email alerts from Medwatch, an agency that reports bad drug events to the FDA Daily Med– provides labels to pharmaceuticals to consumers and professionals Drugs@FDA-this is a search engine that allows you to look up pharmaceuticals by name or active ingredient FDA Drug Safety Podcasts FDA Consumer Health Information– this is the FDA’s easy-to-understand guide to all products approved by the agency including pharmaceuticals as well as food […]

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Drug Safety, Recalls and Withdrawal

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

It may go without saying that you should use discretion when taking anything that is prescribed to you after a work-related illness or injury. Of course all pharmaceuticals must be subject to rigorous testing and analysis before being approved for the market. In general this means making sure that the benefits of a medication outweigh the risks associated with its use. However, many times adverse reactions arise after people have already been prescribed and begin administering a drug. The Food and Drug Administration has released a guide to safe use of prescription medications that is summarized below. Before a drug […]

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Privacy

Monday, May 6, 2013

The confidentiality of any and all documents pertaining to your case are protected under Worker’s Compensation Law. Only certain parties(including employers, insurance companies and either sides’ lawyers) may access information pertinent to your claim without written consent or a court-order. Your claim may also be viewed by government agencies who are processing claims for benefits or investigating fraud. Health workers may also access certain parts of your claim as a means of determining their payment for any operations or procedures. These parties are prohibited from sharing any information contained in your personal documents. You may authorize another group or individual […]

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Finding Support

Friday, May 3, 2013

Becoming disabled is a stressful and oftentimes traumatic experience. In addition to dealing with all the legal red tape, there are many problems that may emerge with respect to a worker’s family and financial status. Fortunately Social Workers provide many services for people who are undergoing such hardships. Social Workers can help workers and families deal with many of the changes in their lives and if need be refer affordable and accessible agencies to deal with long-term conflicts. In non-controverted cases, Social Workers can even help claimants receive ample benefits. They may also be able to help explain the more […]

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Pain and Suffering

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Pain and Suffering is the legal term used to describe any sort of physical, emotional or mental distress which may include potentially limiting conditions such as depression or persistent aches. Generally people seek compensation for any loss of income that can be attributed to such a condition. But Worker’s Compensation is generally a “no fault system”. By receiving worker’s compensation, an employee gives up the right to receive damages due to pain and suffering. However, you may recover pain and suffering against a third party  

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Permanent Disability

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Many different classifications of permanent disability are detailed under Worker’s Compensation law. These include Permanent Partial Disability, Permanent Total Disability and Total Industrial Disability. Permanent Partial Disability means that the worker is disabled for life, but not to the extent that they will never work again. People who are permanently, partially disabled are expected to find a job. They may no longer be entitled to benefits if they do not make an effort to find work or take a job that pays less. There are two kinds of Permanent Partial Disability, schedule loss of use and non-schedule. However, medical benefits […]

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Some Quick Suggestions For Dealing With the Courts System

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

1. Look sharp, try not to dress like a slob and be well groomed. 2. Treat everyone with respect. Don’t call anyone dude or lady. Sir and ma’am will do just fine. 3.  Tell the truth. Everything you say in court is recorded and could very well come back to bite you in the foot if you change your story. If that happens, there goes the foundation of your case. 4. If you don’t know the answer to a question, that is fine. Its always better to admit you are unsure or unaware than to just make something up. 5. […]

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