Off The Record – Workers’ Comp – Reduced Earnings
Hi, everyone. My name is Craig Rosasco, Managing Partner at the law firm of Turley Redmond & Rosasco. Today, we’re going to talk about reduced earnings in the workplace as a result of a work-related injury.
So, let’s say that you’re at work and you suffer an injury and you can no longer work in your former capacity. Full-time job, a laborious job, you can no longer return to work in that capacity and now you’re required to return to work in a lighter-duty capacity and are making less money. We can make an application for you under the workers’ compensation law for what’s called reduced earnings.
And let’s take a typical example. Laborer used to make $1,200 a week working for a big masonry company in New York City. He gets injured on the job, suffers a back injury, and now he can no longer lift like he used to, and now he’s required to return to work in a lighter-duty capacity. He returns to work working at Michaels showing people beautiful picture frames like my diplomas. At that job, he’s only able to make $600 a week. He used to make $1,200, now he’s making $600. He’s out of pocket $600. Under the workers’ compensation law, we can make an application to get you two-thirds of the difference. So, he’s out of pocket $600, two-thirds of $600 should be $400.
You can return to work legally, as long as you let everybody know, and collect both your new salary at Michaels and also your workers’ compensation under the concept of reduced earnings. These are things that I’m great at. Been doing it for 25 years. Feel free to give me a call. 516-308-2013. I’ll take you to the Promise Land. Thank you.