Q. If I die as a result of a fatal work accident, may my dependents obtain benefits on my behalf?
A. Yes. Dependency status is determined by statutory language. A spouse and children living with you at the time of your death are presumed to be dependents. The amount of benefits are usually determined by the wages in effect at... Continue Reading »
Q. My employer has a small business and all employees are key. Can I be let go if he has to fill my position because I can’t come back in a timely manner?
A. Yes. The law does not require an employer to hold a job for any length of time. When the time comes and you are able to return, if there is no job available, you are entitled to continuing benefits.... Continue Reading »
Q. Can I be treated by my own doctor?
A. Usually not. If your employer or their worker’s compensation insurer does not specify a doctor for you to see, then you can pick your own doctor to care for you. More typically, however, injured workers are referred to a... Continue Reading »
Q. Who pays workers’ compensation benefits?
A. Employers are required to purchase insurance for their employees from a workers’ compensation insurance company. In some instances larger employers who are clearly solvent are allowed to self-insure or act as their own insurance company. Some smaller companies (fewer... Continue Reading »
Paul and Andy talked about the class action lawsuit filed in New York against the Long Island Power Authority. The allegations of gross neglect against LIPA, a state owned power company, following Hurricane Sandy, will be difficult to prove. The…
WASHINGTON, February 19, 2017 – Perhaps because they make so much money than the rest of us, the rich and famous tend to find themselves in court much more often than those who are not quite so financially well-endowed. The…