Are legal settlements and awards taxable?
Are legal settlements and awards taxable? Do I have to pay taxes on personal injury awards, workers compensation benefits or social security disability benefits? This is a question we get all the time. The answer depends on the kind of case you have. Is my personal injury award taxable? The short answer is no. If… Read More
What is Causal Relationship in Workers’ Compensation?
In order to receive workers’ compensation benefits for an injury you suffered that injury must have occurred on the job. Several things must be proven before you can receive workers’ compensation benefits: You are injured Your employer was given timely notice of the injury or accident That the injury is “causally related” to your job,… Read More
What is My Degree of Disability?
In workers’ compensation your degree of disability is a very important number. It explains, in percentages, how disabled you are from a medical perspective. That number is then used to determine how much money you will receive per week from workers’ compensation. A healthy person with no injuries, conditions or illnesses is 0% disabled. A… Read More
What happens if I get fired while on workers’ compensation benefits?
In New York it is illegal for your employer to fire you in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim. That means that your employer can’t fire you simply because you filed a claim. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t be fired while you have an open workers’ compensation file. Sometimes, employers are forced… Read More
Legalese Defined: Workers Compensation – No Compensable Lost Time (NCLT)
In workers’ compensation cases, No Compensable Lost Time (or NCLT) means that you have not lost any time beyond the statutory waiting period (the first seven days of any disability) as a result of your work related injury. This can occur either when you are: a) back to work b) out of work due to… Read More
Legalese Defined: Workers Compensation – Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
In workers’ compensation cases, a permanent partial disability is a disability which is a) permanent in nature and b) not totally, 100% disabling such that you could get some kind of job, even if it isn’t the work you were doing before you were injured. For instance, if you injure your neck or back on… Read More
Legalese Defined: Workers Compensation – Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)
In workers’ compensation cases, maximum medical improvement (or MMI) is the point at which, in your physician’s opinion, your injuries have improved as much as they are likely to and no further change in your condition is expected. When your physician finds that you have reached maximum medical improvement he or she will usually also… Read More
How is My Weekly Workers’ Compensation Benefit Calculated?
The weekly amount you are actually paid for a workers’ compensation injury is different than your Average Weekly Wage (AWW). Your AWW is what you would be making if you were still working in the position you were in at the time of your injury. To calculate your AWW read our recent blog entry. Your… Read More
How Do I Calculate My Average Weekly Wage?
Your Average Weekly Wage (AWW) is the single most important factor in the value of your workers’ compensation action. It is the basis for all monetary calculations the workers’ compensation board will make throughout your case. Making sure your AWW is calculated properly at the outset of your case can mean the difference between hundreds… Read More
Workers’ Compensation Liens in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
A lien is a legal right a person or entity has against the property of another. Liens can work in a variety of different ways. Some liens can be placed against property, like a house, which prevents you from selling it until the lien is “satisfied,” or “paid back.” Other kinds of liens work by… Read More