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January 2018 Archives

New York set to establish drug formulary for workers' comp

The opioid crisis is a major issue for cities and states throughout the United States. One of the contributors to the crises is injured workers who receive ongoing pain medications or the incorrect type of medication for their injury. The workers who were over-prescribed would often get addicted.

Who is liable in a ladder fall?

When working a New York construction job site, you may frequently have to ascend and descend ladders. Ladders, while extremely useful tools, can also be extremely unsafe in the wrong conditions. In the event you should happen to fall from a ladder, who is liable for the fall, your employer or the ladder manufacturer?

Can medical marijuana impact your workers' compensation?

While you never want to end up out of work and dealing with chronic pain after a workplace injury, you have the protection of workers' compensation to ensure your recovery, chronic pain, or disability do not leave you destitute, while providing options to relieve your suffering. However, with New York's medical marijuana laws, you may find a doctor prescribing you medical-grade cannabis as a way to ease any ongoing pain. Yet with many employers taking a dim view of the increasing legalization of marijuana, will using your medical marijuana prescription give employers grounds for a case against continuing your workers' compensation payments?

Understanding Workers Compensation and the ADA

Those who have suffered a work injury, whether mental or physical, may be afforded additional workers' compensation protections other than those offered by the state of New York under the ADA. The ADA, or the Americans with Disabilities Act, has, since 1990, existed as a civil rights and liberties law that, according to the EEOC website, offers protections to citizens with disabilities in ways considered fair and equal under the law. This includes protecting against discrimination, such as discrimination in availability of public services, access to employment, access to telecommunications services and access to accommodations.

Are job-related car crashes eligible for workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation benefits are available for employees suffering all sorts of on-the-job injuries. These traditionally include such things as back pain (from repetitive motion trauma), broken bones, falls, crush injuries and occupational illnesses like cancer caused by chemical exposure.

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