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When Workers’ Compensation Medical Care is Denied and Delayed

The purpose of workers' compensation in New York City is to help workers quickly access medical care and lost wages while recovering from a workplace injury.  The ultimate goal in many cases is for employees to get back on their feet - literally and figuratively - and start working again. However, employers they clearly need...

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Workers' Compensation for Nurses After On-the-Job Injuries in New York City

Injuries on-the-job can occur in any field. However, those in the healthcare field, including nurses, face a very substantial risk of being harmed while at work. Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns that a hospital is actually one of the most dangerous places to work in the United States. More than 253,000 work injuries and illnesses...

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New York is Fighting to Improve Workplace Safety Amidst Rising Injury Rates

Workplace injuries are a big concern in New York, especially as the construction boom in New York City has led to more injuries among construction workers. As an increasing number of employees get hurt, efforts are being made to protect vulnerable workers and bring injury rates down. Employers and employees need to be aware of...

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Injured New York Workers Hurt By Loss of Wages During the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, households are facing some big expenses. According to National Retail Federation, families are expected to spend in excess of $800 this holiday season. If you cannot work due to a workplace injury, you may face financial hardship and have a difficult holiday season. Workers' compensation is supposed to protect injured...

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Common Workplace Injury Risks Resulting in Fines for NY Contractors

Within the field of construction, there are four common causes of workplace injury responsible for well over half of all fatalities among construction workers. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicates the four most common causes of construction worker fatalities are falls, electrocutions, getting hit by some object, or getting caught in or between objects....

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15 years later, asbestos exposure for First Responders can still cause cancer

When I first started my career as a worker's compensation attorney, my office represented thousands of workers exposed to asbestos who subsequently developed lung conditions such as asbestosis, bronchitis, reactive airways disease, and lung cancer. Lung conditions caused by asbestos exposure are slow starting and generally occur as a result of long-standing exposure to asbestos, as...

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A Lack of Federal Oversight Has Allowed Many States to Deny Workers’ Compensation Claims

A report by the Department of Labor highlights recent changes in the workers' compensation policies of more than 30 states that have made it more difficult for injured workers to file a claim and easier for insurance companies to deny claims. This means that too many employees did not receive medications, surgeries or prosthetics that...

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Four Amusement Ride Dangers to Watch Out for

Millions of people visit amusement parks each year. According to a survey put out by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, there were over 1,000 amusement park-related injuries in 2014. This survey only examined fixed rides in parks like Six Flags and Disney, and does not include figures for rides in county fairs,...

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Employers Can Reduce Workers' Comp Claims by Teaching Driving Safety

Employees miss 1.6 million days of work each year in the United States as a result of involvement with motor vehicle accidents. Auto accidents at work are one of the top causes of on-the-job injuries and on-the-job fatalities. When factoring in all of the myriad costs associated with automobile accidents in the workplace, employers lose...

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