Blog Posts in 2015

  • 23-Dec-2015

    NY Workers' Compensation Disability Classifications

    Were you recently injured at work? If so, you should be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. In New York, workers’ compensation pays cash benefits and medical care for workers who were injured or became ill as a result of their ...
  • 10-Dec-2015

    Workers' Comp Claim by ASPCA Rescuer from 9/11 Denied

    After the 9/11 tragedy, a single mother of three, D. DiGiacomo was diagnosed with cancer. Shockingly, a state judge denied the workers’ compensation claim brought by the former-ASPCA worker who is dying from cancer caused by her animal rescue ...
  • 27-Nov-2015

    OSHA: Laborer's Fatality Was 'Completely Avoidable'

    On April 6, 2015, C. Moncayo, 22, a laborer from Queens, was making a living as he worked on the construction of a Restoration Hardware store located at 19 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan. Instead of bringing home a paycheck, he died when a 14-foot-deep ...
  • 10-Nov-2015

    NY Governor Cuomo Combats Worker Exploitation

    On Oct. 14, 2015, Governor Andrew W. Cuomo announced several measures to support the Task Force to Combat Worker Exploitation. The task force has $700,000 for educating workers and employers, for data collection and prosecution, and to put towards ...
  • 21-Oct-2015

    Brooklyn Laborer Falls to His Death

    On April 1, 2015, V. Sanchez was working at a Brooklyn construction site when he fell to his death. His fall was entirely preventable. The 51-year-old laborer was working for Brooklyn-based J&M Metro General Contracting Corp. raking freshly ...
  • 6-Oct-2015

    Too Many Risks to Saying 'No' to Workers' Comp

    Employers are aware that workers’ compensation premiums rise fast as their organizations grow – the more employees a company has, the higher the premiums. With a company that is scaling quickly, the result can be a significant and ...
  • 23-Sep-2015

    NY Corrections Officer Accused of Stealing $20K in Workers' Comp Benefits

    MORAVIA, N.Y. – A corrections officer who worked for the Cayuga Correctional Facility was arrested on Aug. 20 on charges that he filed approximately $20,000 worth of false workers' compensation claims. T. Larrabee, 28, of Central Square, ...
  • 9-Sep-2015

    Ex MLB Player Who Settled Med Mal Suit Can No Longer Get Workers' Comp

    A former Major League Baseball umpire forfeited his right to receive workers' compensation benefits after he settled a medical malpractice lawsuit, according to a New York appeals court. Mark Hirschbeck was a former umpire for the big leagues for ...
  • 13-Aug-2015

    Importance of a Solid Return to Work Program

    The New York Workers' Compensation Board has a clear message for New York employers: Return to Work (RTW) programs are the best way to manage costs and recovery after work-related injuries. Companies big and small must pay attention to safety and ...
  • 6-Aug-2015

    NY Attorney General Announces Settlement With C&S For Firing Injured Workers

    On July 22, 2015, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a $46,000 settlement with C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (C&S), the nation's largest wholesale grocery supply company, with warehouses all over the nation. The ...
  • 15-Jul-2015

    Are Independent Contractors Being Misclassified?

    When should a worker be classified as an employee? When are they an independent contractor? These are questions being posed by the Labor Department. According to The New York Times, on July 15, the Labor Department issued new guidance that could ...
  • 1-Jul-2015

    Staten Island DA Candidate Sought $5M from NYC

    One of New York's prominent former prosecutors, who is a candidate for Staten Island district attorney filed a series of personal injury lawsuits against NYC for $5 million, despite the fact that she was barred from collecting due to her status ...
  • 17-Jun-2015

    What to Do If You're Injured at Work

    If you are ever hurt on the job, it's critical that you seek proper medical treatment in a timely manner. It's not a good idea to put off necessary medical treatment, or worse, not get treated at all. Some workers are hesitant about seeking ...
  • 8-Jun-2015

    Workers' Compensation: Prescription Drug Facts

    Workers' compensation is a no-fault system which enables injured workers to receive the medical aid and pharmaceutical services needed to return to work at the appropriate time considering their injuries and disabilities. According to the Express ...
  • 20-May-2015

    Can I Get Benefits for an Off-the-Job Injury?

    If you are an employee who has suffered an off-the-job injury or illness, you may be wondering if there is any way that you can receive compensation while you are recovering. In New York, when a wage earner has been disabled due to an off-the-job ...