New Changes in Workers’ Comp Law
New York State’s budget passed in early April with some sweeping changes to the Workers’ Compensation Law. Most importantly, the new law directed the Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Board to revise the permanency guidelines used to determine the schedule loss of use for permanent impairments to injured workers’ limbs, eyes and hearing loss in… Read More
Where Can I Bring a Lawsuit?
When bringing a lawsuit one of the first and most important questions to ask is “In what county should I file this lawsuit?” The county where you file is called “venue.” Venue is important because it impacts the judges and juries that get assigned to your case. Depending on the kind of case you are… Read More
What to Expect at Your First Meeting with Your Workers’ Comp Attorney
At Segar & Sciortino our goal is to make you feel like family from the initial intake through the conclusion of your Workers’ Compensation case. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service. Here is what you can expect at your first meeting with your workers’ comp attorney. At your initial consultation you will meet… Read More
How to Find a Lawyer
Selecting an attorney can seem like a daunting task if you don’t know what to consider and where to look. If you are injured, whether at work, in a car accident, or due to someone else’s fault, it is important that you find a lawyer and law firm that understands the challenges of your injury… Read More
I was involved in an accident with a truck—what do I need to know?
Tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, 18 wheelers, Mack Trucks, whatever you may call them, they are an ever present feature on our highways. There are over 2 million tractor-trailers operating in the U.S. and they log over 100 Billion miles per year. All that time on the road is bound to lead to accidents but you may be… Read More
Can I see my own medical records?
All medical providers, including doctors, hospitals, physical therapists, dentists and mental health practitioners, are legally required to keep medical records. And you, as the patient, have a right to access those records. That being said, while there are state laws and regulations relating to how and when medical records should be made available, your doctors’… Read More
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
Legalese Defined: Deposition
Deposition – Legal Definition A deposition is an interview conducted by an attorney outside of court during the discovery phase of a lawsuit. At deposition, a person is sworn in—so they must tell the truth, just like in court—and answers questions in front of a stenographer who writes down everything they say. The person being… Read More