N.Y.S. WORKERS COMPENSATION LAW

The N.Y.S. Workers' Compensation Law was enacted in 1914 in an effort to provide wage replacement and medical coverage to those workers who were injured while in the course of their employment.

On March 13, 2007 this dramatically changed when Governor Spitzer signed into law a bill which will not only alter the amount of weekly compensation to which an injured worker may be entitled, but also the length of time in which they may be paid. Since July 1 1992, the maximum weekly rate of compensation benefits has been $400.00. The new legislation will provide for an increase of weekly compensation benefits over the next four years.

In addition accidents or occupational conditions resulting in disability which occur on or after March 14, 2007, will now be subject to limited time periods in which compensation may be paid out after a determination by the Workers' Compensation Board that the injured worker has a permanent disability.

Changes regarding the rate of compensation and the length of time in which they may be received the statute also provides for new methods of receiving diagnostic testing (MRI, EMG, etc...), prescriptions and reimbursement for out of pocket expenses. Clearly, there will be a period of transition in which there will be arguments between the insurance carriers, medical providers and attorneys.

It is always best to have an experienced attorney on your side who will be able to navigate your claim to successful conclusion. 

We recommend an attorney that is familiar with the Long Beach C.S.E.A. contract like the Law Offices of Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen call them at (516) 594-0909, they have assisted many Long Beach members. 

Or you can choose an attorney through the C.S.E.A. Legal Department.

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EMPLOYEE NOTE: IF YOU ARE INJURED ON THE JOB YOU MUST REPORT YOUR ACCIDENT TO THE CITY WITHIN 24 HOURS!