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Are Mental Illnesses Covered by Workers’ Comp?

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For an injury to be covered by Workers’ Compensation, it must have occurred while performing job duties for an employer. Typically, these are physical injuries or illnesses that require more than simple aid. However, more and more workers are presenting with mental illnesses that they claim are a result of their job. This raises the […]

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How Artificial Intelligence is Impacting Workers’ Compensation

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has been impacting numerous industries, including workers’ compensation. While some hope that self-driving cars, automation, and robots will reduce workplace injuries, AI also has the possibility of affecting workers’ compensation claims management. By taking on arduous and tedious tasks, AI is already assisting workers’ compensation lawyers. More time can be spent […]

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Mistakes that can Jeopardize Your Workers’ Compensation Case

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There is a common misconception that a workers’ compensation claim can be handled without the assistance of others or a lawyer. While understandable, a claim can quickly become confusing and insurance companies are looking for any excuse to stop treatment or drop a claim. If you’ve suffered from a work-related injury and need to submit […]

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Is Medical Marijuana Covered Under Workers’ Compensation

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In July 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Compassionate Care Act into law. The CCA took effect in January 2016 and allows patients suffering from serious conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and ALS to use medicinal marijuana for pain management. In March 2017 chronic pain was added as a serious […]

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Injured at a Work-related Event? Who Pays?

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Unless you’re a real scrooge, you probably enjoy a good work event. Whether it’s a picnic, kickball game, charity event, or holiday party, it’ an excuse to get out of the office for a while. It’s also a chance to get to know your co-workers in a more relaxed environment. However, when the party goes […]

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How to Avoid a Workplace Injury

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In 2017 there were approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers. A single workplace accident can have a large impact on a business – between the medical bills, lost productivity, workers’ compensation paperwork, and the low morale, the effects are felt throughout the entire office. To avoid these costs, […]

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The Truth About Independent Medical Exams

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In New York, injured workers seeking benefits must be evaluated and diagnosed by workers’ compensation doctors approved by the employer’s insurance company. In most cases you will be permitted to be treated by your own doctor. However, situations can occur when the insurance company requests an Independent Medical Examination, or IME. What is an Independent […]

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What to Know About Returning to Work

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Fortunately, many people who suffer a workplace injury return to work. Depending on the extent of your injury, it may be days, weeks, or months before you can return to your job. Many employers and insurers will be eager to get you back to work as quickly as possible so they can stop paying full […]

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Will Pregnancy Affect My Workers’ Comp Claim?

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Pregnant women face additional worries about the safety of themselves and their baby while in the workplace. A workplace accident or exposure to harmful chemicals can have devastating and life-long consequences for the worker or the baby. Fortunately, all states require employers to provide workers’ compensation to their employees. The process for obtaining benefits can […]

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What Happens to my Workers’ Comp Benefits If I Am Laid Off?

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If you have sustained a workplace injury that leaves you unable to work for an extended amount of time, your employer is not required to keep your position for you. In some cases, the employer will take the injured worker back provided they can perform most of the duties required of the job. In other […]

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