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Getting the most from your workers' comp benefits

Workers’ compensation has become an extremely common employee benefit, and it has provided a safety cushion for many employees since nearly all work-related injuries qualify for the benefits. Workers’ comp exists to take care of employees who suffer health concerns due to work-related issues, including medical treatment and rehabilitation. However, since employers don’t want to throw money around carelessly, a workers’ compensation claim can still turn into an extensive legal process.

A general overview of workers' compensation

Workers' compensation can be one of the most important benefits afforded to employees. It covers employees for work-related injuries, giving employees faith that if they are injured at work, they will not be left to fend for themselves. This is particularly important for workers whose occupations involve dangerous machinery, equipment or operations, such as construction workers. Workers' compensation laws can vary by state, but there are some useful tidbits of information to know when dealing with the process.

Construction worker dies from fall

Every job we take comes with its share of risks and potential hazards. From sitting and staring at a computer screen all day in the same position to carrying heavy loads or operating dangerous equipment, on-the-job injuries are a real possibility for anyone who works. Employers have an obligation to their employees to mitigate these risks as much as possible by giving workers proper safety training and providing a safe work environment. When an accident does happen, employees should be covered by workers’ compensation, which generally pays for medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation.

Some 9/11 responders still fighting for workers' comp benefits

When the twin towers fell on that horrific day 13 years ago in September, America’s hearts cried out for all the victims and for the responders who risked their lives to save others. Many of those responders were firemen and police officers, but a lot of us forget that ordinary New Yorkers, unaffiliated with any official rescue group, bravely went toward the sounds of chaos on that fateful day and the days soon after to try to save their fellow countrymen. Sadly, it appears that some of them may have been wrongfully denied workers’ compensation benefits.

Is PTSD an occupational disease for first responders?

Every job comes with its inherent dangers and employers are supposed to mitigate these potential pitfalls by providing well-maintained equipment, offering safety training and constantly monitoring the workplace for potential hazards. When an injury does occur, workers should receive workers’ compensation to take care of medical expenses and lost wages.

Trucker reclassification removes workers' compensation option

When the economic downturn came, some businesses closed while others made big changes in order to stay open. The job losses flooded the market with the unemployed and underemployed, some of whom began picking up work as independent contractors. In the trucking industry, for example, some truckers left behind working as employees in order to become independent owner/operators.

New York worker falls to death in scaffolding accident

Thousands of New Yorkers get up each morning and head to a construction site to continue work on a new building or renovation project. Unfortunately, construction work often poses significant risk to workers, and there are several types of injuries a person can sustain on the job. Workers' compensation is designed to help victims of workplace accidents navigate a difficult time and help them get back on track. This money can cover medical expenses as well as lost wages that result from time away from work.

Staten Island restaurant worker hit in head by flying dish

Employers in the restaurant and catering industry have a responsibility to comply with New York state's safety standards to ensure a working environment safe from hazards such as heat, dangerous machinery and chemicals. However, sometimes injuries in the workplace arise from more unusual and uncontrollable combinations of circumstances. When is an injury an occupational one and there fore deserving of workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation laws in New York are getting a tuneup

Independent research has proven that, in the past, New York's workers' compensation structure neither provides a positive medical benefit or timely payment to injured workers. Quick delivery of workers' compensation benefits, however, causes employers to incur fewer costs than those associated with delayed payments. Not to mention, prompt payment is obviously helpful for the injured worker. Unfortunately in New York, it seems that workers who are most in need of compensation seem receive the least and wait the longest for their benefits.

Gov. Cuomo says Business Relief Act will help injured workers

“Through the 2013 Business Relief Act, the state is providing a practical and affordable way for thousands of businesses to meet their responsibilities so that injured workers can receive the compensation they deserve,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday, Dec. 20.

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