Are You Owed More Workers’ Comp?
Have you received all that you’re owed from your Workers’ Compensation claim? As Workers’ Comp attorneys, we’re often contacted by people who have injured an extremity but believe their case has concluded because they were compensated for lost time from work and had their medical bills paid through Workers’ Compensation benefits. However, this doesn’t always… Read More
Understanding the Role of Prior Loss of Use in Workers’ Comp Cases
For the past few years, Segar & Sciortino has encountered resistance in certain types of Workers’ Compensation cases involving “schedule loss of use” (SLU) awards. Cases involving the arm, hand, leg, or foot can result in a schedule loss of use if a healthcare provider determines you have a permanent injury to one of those… Read More
I Was Just In A Car Accident … What Should I Do?
Getting in a car accident can be a scary experience that leaves many people uncertain about what to do in the immediate aftermath. The first step is to call 911 so that the appropriate emergency personnel can be dispatched. Having the police respond will also ensure that an official report will be filed—a document that… Read More
Workers’ Compensation Claims For COVID – 19 — A Changing Level of Proof
While the pandemic is now entering its third year and transitioning to an endemic, the long-term effects of COVID on our frontline workers are unknown. While Workers’ Compensation insurance carriers routinely deny claims for COVID claims, they do so under the misperception that workers can’t prove that they contracted the virus at work—and so the… Read More
Filing a No-Fault Claim After a Car Accident
If you’re involved in a car accident, either as the driver of your own vehicle, or as a passenger in someone else’s, you have certain obligations to ensure that your claim will be covered under the applicable “no-fault” insurance policy. If the car accident took place in New York state, you need to file your… Read More
Virtual Hearings at the Workers’ Compensation Board
The Workers Compensation Board recently implemented a new procedure for hearings, called “Virtual Hearings”. This procedure allows you along with your attorney and insurance representatives the option to appear by computer video conference. According to the Workers’ Compensation Board, virtual hearings were implemented as a convenience because you are now able to appear at a… Read More
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
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