Workers’ Compensation in New York State is mandatory insurance coverage for most workers. With few exceptions, any worker who is injured, disabled or effected by their work environment is protected by this coverage. Such protection involves medical treatment and indemnity payments for lost wages. In some cases, in addition to lost time from work, indemnity payments may also apply for permanent limitations known as schedule loss of use with court directed awards for same. In other cases, permanency my entitle such workers to continuing medical payments and treatment with further awards for continuing loss of wages or reduced earnings subject to law changes and applications dependent upon the date of the accident. Rates for losses and limitations are subject to case law, statutory law and their interpretations. It is usually best to consult a lawyer about your specific issue for individual applications that effect your injury or problem.
This will be a forum for discussion of Workers’ Compensation Issues. We all await oral argument before the New York State Court of Appeals on pressing issues. We are also looking forward to answers to questions that have been caused by the recently issued December 1, 2010 Medical Treatment Guidelines. Possibly, the New York State Legislature will resolve some of these questions. We expect injured workers with permanent disabilities to have their treament rights protected and will see what the court does on this issue. This will undoubtably effect long island workers, suffolk county residents and all disabled workers. Doctors and treatment by various practitioners including chiropractors, physical therapists and orthopedics have been limited by the present position of the Workers’ Compensation Board and its many recent decisons. Hopefully there will be an end to speculation. We would all like to know , that condions and agreements entered into before the recent changes to the Medical Treatment Guideline are not eliminated or changed by permitting a retroactive application of the new Guidelines.
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Besides handling New York State Workers’ Compensation matters, please be advised that we also provide services for Social Security Disability, New York State Retirement, and Accidents.