New Changes in Workers’ Comp Law

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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

What to Expect at Your First Meeting with Your Workers’ Comp Attorney

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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

I was involved in an accident with a truck—what do I need to know?

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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

Are legal settlements and awards taxable?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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