Month: June 2017

WORK RELATED AUTO ACCIDENTS

Auto accident claims are heavily advertised by some attorneys.  If you are injured in an auto accident, as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, in most instances you have will file a motor vehicle accident claim.

However, if your auto accident happens while you are at work, you also have a Workers’ Compensation claim and this needs to be filed separately.  There are many jobs and industries where the employees are on the go during the day.  A work related motor vehicle accident can happen to:

  • A delivery driver (package deliveries, food and beverage deliveries, etc.)
  • A home health aide or home care nurse who visits patients in their homes
  • A landscaper who drives to different properties to mow lawns, etc.
  • An insurance representative who visits clients for meetings or claims
  • A bus driver
  • A utility service worker who installs services in different homes and businesses
  • A construction worker who drives to different work sites

A work related auto accident does not have to happen in a company vehicle.  It does not have to happen on your employer’s property.  You do not have to be doing your “usual” work duties at the time of the accident.

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident while you are at work, contact Zea Proukou to discuss whether a Workers’ Compensation claim is necessary!

 

DON’T LOSE OUT ON YOUR LUMP SUM AWARD!

Under the new budget passed by the New York State Legislature, the Workers’ Compensation Permanency Guidelines for schedule loss of use awards will be getting an overhaul by the end of 2017. This means that for injured workers with injuries to their fingers, hands/wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles/feet, and toes, the schedule loss of use award as we know it could be eliminated or largely reduced.

The insurance companies and their lobbyists have pushed the idea that because of “advances in medical science” people recover better after treatment and surgery, and therefore percentages for schedule losses of use should be lowered. The lump sum award that many people see approximately a year after their injury or surgery is dependent upon the percentage loss of use. Lower percentage = lower monetary award.

Often times, when an injured worker is out of work recovering from their injury or surgery, they incur debt because the Workers’ Compensation benefits do not equal their normal wages. It is hard to get back on your feet, even if you get back to your normal job and pay. The schedule loss of use award is necessary for so many people to regain some normalcy in their lives after suffering a workplace injury.

Your voices have to be heard on this issue. If you are an injured worker that anticipates a schedule loss of use award, or if you have received one in the past, tell the New York Workers’ Comp Alliance that your benefits cannot be reduced or eliminated! Take the simple 8 question survey at this link as soon as possible!

http://tiny.cc/NYWAC