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New York lawmakers seek to provide COVID-19 death benefits for public workers

Many public employees have risked their lives and health over the last few months while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. These include police officers, first responders, public health workers, mail deliverers and parking enforcers. Recently, New York lawmakers have introduced legislation to provide death benefits for public employees who have died after becoming infected with...

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COVID-19 infections are disproportionately high in the meatpacking industry

Those who work in the meatpacking industry have a dangerous job and are at risk of sustaining serious injuries or illnesses. The physical work alone requires repetitive movements, frequent lifting, and the need to move quickly. In addition, meatpacking workers must handle sharp knives, saws and grinders. There is very little automation involved. One study found...

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Is following OSHA safety standards for ladders and scaffolds enough to prevent falls?

There is a risk that comes with working from heights. Those who work in construction, retail, or other industries where ladders or scaffolds are used are aware of this. Some workers tend to forget about critical safety measures when they become too confident in their ability to work from heights or are in a hurry....

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Am I eligible for workers’ compensation if I get hurt working at home?

Experienced New York workers’ comp attorneys explain how system works In recent weeks, more people have been working remotely than ever due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is especially true in New York, which has the most Coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States. As of April 21, a total of 251,720 cases...

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New York transit worker Coronavirus fatalities skyrocket

At least 41 MTA workers have died and more than 1,500 have tested positive Recent Coronavirus deaths involving essential workers have taken a heavy toll on New York transit workers. In particular, the number of Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) worker fatalities, and workers suffering from serious health problems due to the Coronavirus pandemic in New...

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Grocery worker fatalities due to Coronavirus spark concern nationwide

Recent Coronavirus deaths reported at grocery stores in New York and other states As the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases nationwide continues to climb, no industry seems to be immune. In particular, recent Coronavirus deaths involving essential workers at grocery stores in New York and around the country have raised concerns about the safety of...

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Can first responders collect workers' comp for COVID-19?

New York City has become the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has sickened thousands of city residents and killed hundreds. Even while the city is on lockdown, due to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Executive Order 202 on March 7, 2020, the virus has yet to be contained. Thousands of new cases are being reported...

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Can healthcare professionals get workers' compensation during the COVID-19 crisis?

  Nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals are facing the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the front line, as thousands of people are in need of medical care each day. As a result, they put themselves in harm's way each day in order to protect the public. Healthcare professionals are at a high risk of becoming infected...

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