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What can be done to fix New York's broken workers' compensation system?

When workers are injured on the job, they often need months of medical treatment and physical therapy. Many injured workers are unable to return to work for several months or years due to their injuries. In some cases, they can never perform the same job functions they once did due to a permanent disability or...

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SURVEY: Some workers are willing to show up to work with COVID-19

COVID-19 cases have dropped significantly in New York over the last few months, but we're still not in the clear yet. Recently, New York has still had hundreds of new cases per day. New York is currently in Phase 4 of its loosening of COVID-19 restrictions. That means several businesses have reopened under strict social...

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Overexertion and falls remain leading workplace injuries

In many workplaces, incentives exist for those who work harder and faster. We often see this in construction, retail, restaurants and manufacturing. The risks of working too fast can be overlooked in these environments. According to Liberty Mutual Holding Co. Inc.'s 2020 workplace safety index, the three costliest workplace injuries include overexertion, falls and being...

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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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