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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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Is return to work an all-or-nothing proposition? NY court says no, p2

Friday, January 9, 2015

We are continuing our discussion of a New York man’s dispute with his former employer over workers’ compensation benefits. The employer accused the man of voluntarily withdrawing from the workforce by turning down a light-duty assignment. The employer asked the worker to be cleared by the employer’s doctor and report for work within 24 hours. The worker could not comply for a few reasons. First, the worker knew from his doctor as well as the workers’ comp office that he should not return to work before his official medical clearance date. Second, he had already made an appointment with his […]

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Is return to work an all-or-nothing proposition? NY court says no

Monday, January 5, 2015

It may sound a little pie-in-the-sky, but it is true: One of the objectives of workers’ compensation is to get the employee healthy enough to return to work — and not just because the employer will benefit. This really is about the employee, too, because the sooner the recovery from injury or illness, the sooner the return to taking care of family and friends and, in general, living a full life. Of course, all of this assumes that the worker can recover completely from an injury. With cases involving life-altering injuries and illnesses, cases that result in a permanent disability, […]

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How does workers’ comp handle real injuries in a virtual office? p2

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

When you think about workers’ compensation claims in general, do you picture a factory worker suffering an injury, a Norma Rae developing white lung disease or losing a finger in the machinery? People with desk jobs can also suffer injuries, and not just repetitive motion injuries. A friend of ours tripped over some office cube walls that installers had piled up near her desk. People on the floors above and below heard her curse as she went down. She was clearly in her workplace doing her job, though, so her workers’ comp claim was fairly straightforward. What would have happened […]

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Social Security Disability Advocates Binder & Binder Officially File for Bankruptcy

Friday, December 19, 2014

As reported in the Wall Street Journal today, the nation-wide Social Security Disability firm of Binder and Binder formally filed for bankruptcy last night in New York.  The bankruptcy petition filed with the Court is 62 pages long (we will post on Monday) and lists current total employees as of October 2014 at 966.  The bankruptcy petition indicates that the staff at Binder & Binder will shrink, presumably by closing offices and layoffs, to 355 employees as of December 2016. In addition, employee benefits will shrink by approximately one third. According to the petition filed in Court, there will be no more […]

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How does workers’ comp handle real injuries in a virtual office?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Millennials will not remember the days when working from home was the anomaly. Only consultants could run their businesses from their homes. The rest of us schlepped to the office every day — and trust us, even on a good day, the ride from Long Island City to Manhattan could be a lot to take. The Internet changed that, perhaps forever. Better access to online resources meant faster business processes, improved marketing channels, opportunities for innovation that came with the tech boom in the late ’90s — even the transition from business attire to workplace casual. Entrepreneurs were launching their […]

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Social Security Disability Firm Binder & Binder Prepares for Bankruptcy

Monday, December 15, 2014

  “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”  As reported originally in the Wall Street Journal, Binder & Binder, one of America’s largest Social Security Disability Advocate corporations is preparing for possible bankruptcy this week. The company is facing roughly $40 million dollars in debt due in part to the expensive and ubiquitous late night commercials featuring Charlie Binder in his infamous cowboy hat. In addition, the company is getting squeezed due to shrinking demand for its services and greater government scrutiny of Social Security disability claims. Binder & Binder was once a small Long Island law firm founded by brothers […]

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Disregard of safety regulations may lead to workplace accidents

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Construction workers in New York are likely aware of the dangers they are exposed to on a daily basis. While company owners are expected to maintain safety standards as prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, it is not uncommon for employers to disregard regulations. This failure often leads to workplace accidents with severe injuries or even fatalities. The family of a Staten Island construction worker has to adjust to life without him after a construction accident that occurred on a recent Friday morning claimed his life. It was reported that a four-man contractor’s crew was demolishing unused premises on the […]

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Workers’ compensation benefits your attorney may obtain for you

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Injured New York workers may be overwhelmed or feel intimidated by the complexities of a workers’ compensation claim. Many victims of workplace accidents choose to seek guidance from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to clarify the benefits to which they may be entitled. Each accident is different, and such a professional will assess the circumstances of each incident before suggesting the way forward. Your primary concern may be the high medical costs and loss of income. These two benefits are relatively common to claims, and the extent and severity of injuries may affect the compensation. Lost income is typically compensated by weekly […]

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