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June 2017 Archives

Can an attorney help speed up my disability appeal?

It is not a secret to many Schenectady, New York, residents that the process of getting Social Security Disability benefits can take a long time, as the Social Security Administration's backlog of cases is notoriously large. This means that New York residents often have to wait for months or even years in order to appeal their denial of benefits to an administrative law judge. Particularly for those who need these benefits because they are out of work and no longer have a livelihood, this wait can be very frustrating.

How is my benefit for lost wages calculated?

One important step in New York's workers' compensation process is figuring out how much an injured worker will receive in order to compensate him or her for lost wages. Along with reimbursement for medical bills and expenses, the benefit an injured Schenectady resident receives for lost income is perhaps the most important aspect of the workers' compensation safety net, since an injured worker could otherwise be left without a livelihood while he or she recovers from an injury.

Why free consultations could help your worker’s comp case

Many applicants for worker’s compensation in the Capital District fail. This could be because of an incomplete medical record or because of contradicting statements, no matter how innocent (for example, forgetting about a pre-existing condition when you first visit the doctor about your injury). The employer may successfully argue that the injury was sustained outside of the scope of job duties.

OSHA postpones rule on safety reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is giving employers more time to comply with a new rule which would require employees to report workers' injuries in electronic format. Although employers were expected to start electronic reporting on July 1 of this year, OSHA has given no indication of when it will expect electronic reports.