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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: I was hurt at wrk a while ago had a comp case w a crappy lawyer.. my x employer forced me to wrk injured for 3 month

Then they told comp.. the Ime did doctor hurt me and my lawyer at the time did nothing to help me

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 2, 2021

One option is to repost under Workers' Compensation here. There's no guarantee that all posts are picked up, but a workers' comp attorney probably wouldn't be able offer very much guidance based on these brief facts. Another option is to reach out to workers' comp attorneys... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: Question about PUA

Hello! Would one of the following be enough proof of self employment to qualify for PUA (pandemic unemployment assistance) ? : a check I received for a private lesson I taught in November 2020, check I reveived for a photo session I did in December 2020. I am a self employed actor and photographer.... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Jan 10, 2021

The Department of Labor determines what proof you must provide. They can request more if it's not clear.

If you are denied benefits make sure to TIMELY request an administrative hearing before an ALJ. I think all hearings are telephonic. You can then compare your claim file with any...
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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: Personal insurance on workers comp case

Good morning,

I has an accident on the job site and the medical assistance on the emergency room, cirgury and hospitalization was charged to my personal insurance, it happens two months ago and now I'm whit workers comp, what is the best way to put everything on order ?? Thanks

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 19, 2020

This is really something that an experienced workers' comp attorney would know the most about, but you await a response for two weeks. If you are represented by an attorney, bring it to their attention. If the accident involved a third-party claim (where a personal injury attorney is involved,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: Can you revisit a WC case that has been incorrectly handled after more than 30 days?

I injured myself at work and didn't push them to file WC due to being concerned I would lose my job. I paid almost $10k out of pocket in lost wages and Dr's bills. I returned to work and have re-injured my knee. Can I go back and do anything to recoup lost monies? What about filing now?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 18, 2020

You could reach out to one of the workers' comp attorneys here (you could locate firms closest to the Mount Kisco area) under the Find-a-Lawyer tab, or you could reach out to firms you find on your own. Ask the firms you contact if they offer free initial consults to briefly discuss what took... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: Workplae accident third party liability

Hi,

I work for a woodwork company, I'm a cabinet maker and I has an a severe injury on my thumb finger whit a table saw, I'm got a workers comp lawyer now, but the case is that the place where the company is, is not owned by my employer, and the floors are really uneven and... Read more »

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik answered on Oct 19, 2020

So sorry to hear what happened to you. Thumb injuries can be very disabling. Generally speaking, whether a building owner is responsible for an injury depends on whether there was a dangerous condition on the premises, whether the building owner knew of the dangerous condition and if that condition... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: I fall in my case with work compensation and now they sue me for medical bills to pay them back what do I do.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 21, 2020

It sounds like you might have a third-party personal injury case that is resulting in an award, and the workers' comp carrier is bringing a subrogation claim for repayment of WC benefits. If that is the case, the attorney representing you in that injury case should contact the WC... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: Should I wait and see or get a lawyer?

I sprained my right middle finger in January at work. I informed my employer & recieved medical treatment; wore a splint for 4 weeks. Afterwards, my finger was stiff and slightly bent. I was unable to fully bend or straighten it. I was able to compensate for it by using my thumb and index... Read more »

Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru answered on Sep 20, 2020

It’s always worthwhile to reach out to a PI attorney to see if you have a case. Try calling around to a few. Make sure they hear out your situation and give you you an honest assessment.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: can insurance company decide not to settle comp claim after they accepted responsibility

my husband is retired

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 15, 2020

It would be best for a workers' comp attorney to answer your question, but your post remains open for two weeks. The fact that they "accepted responsibility" sounds like it could mean they accepted coverage for a claim under a policy, as WC isn't generally based on... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Immigration Law, Real Estate Law and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: What made you become a lawyer? What do you wish you knew at my age (15)? How do I become a lawyer? Any pros and Cons?

I am doing an interview for a summer program and would like true answers if possible.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 13, 2020

You are very young now, but it is good that you set your goals so early. When you get to college, concentrate on keeping good grades and when you get to that point, you could look into an exam called the LSAT. For now, you can read about the profession and try to learn as much as you can. Learn... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: Can I sue my company?

I work for a home heath care agency and they sent me to a patients house who had bed bugs, I got covered severely in bed bug bites and had to go to the emergency room to get treated for them. My job covered the hospital visit and put me on worker’s compensation. Can I sue my job or the patient... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Aug 9, 2020

You are asking a workers compensation question. The reason employers carry workers compensation insurance is because coverage is exclusive. What that means is that if the employer/insurance company determines that the injury, illness, or occupational disease was caused by or because of or related... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Social Security and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: is my wife entitled to any part of my Veterans Disability & Workers Compensation?
George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

Are you divorcing? Please re-post with more details.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: I receive Medicare if I settlement on a case will that interfere with my Medicare

Can a lawyer call me

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 28, 2020

Lawyer doesn't call you. That's not the way this site works. It isn't a lawyer referral service. It's only a question & answer board. If you want to speak with a lawyer or retain one, you have to look one up and contact them. You could look up workers' comp lawyers on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: If you are injured during a surgical procedure for a major back surgery as a result of a ny workers compensation injury

Who becomes responsible or is it another claim??

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 18, 2020

I'm sorry for your ordeal with the compounding of your workplace injury with surgery-related injury. If the surgery-related injury is the result of negligence, error, or other factors related to a breach of medical duty, that could possibly establish the basis for a claim based on medical... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Employment Discrimination for New York on
Q: Can I sue my place of employment for pain and suffering due to a fall while I was pregnant

The fall at Northwell Health Lij resulted in a life threatening situation for my daughter and I , and I underwent 2 back surgeries. I had to leave my home and move in with my parents for financial and medical reasons. It led me to file section 32 which required me to resign, however the resignation... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on May 16, 2019

Consult with personal injury lawyers. Maybe a third party lawsuit? Constructive discharge is very difficult to prove. You were either able to perform your job duties with accommodation or were not. Did you request any type of reasonable accommodation and if it was reasonable and not an undue... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Intellectual Property for New York on
Q: Hi, I'm a designer. I had an account on a "print on demand" platform www.teepublic.com, I created the designs and the co

My account was terminated and my commission not paid out, they claim it's due to my account being terminated because of intellectual property infringement. Is that legal, for them to keep the money I earned?

Sean Erin Serraguard
Sean Erin Serraguard answered on Apr 24, 2019

Whether this is legal or not will depend on the terms of the contract that you signed when you used their services. The terms are on their website (https://www.teepublic.com/terms). I have not reviewed their terms, and the link is for your convenience. This is not a full legal analysis of their... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: I have/diagnosed with bi-lateral carpal tunnel syndrome in 2015, fell at work Oct 2015 and have an active WC claim and

received a separation letter from my employer while i'm on medical leave since mid-Jan 2018 to present. I have a legal counsel helping me to negotiate a termination package, however not totally satisfied as I feel I'm being medically discriminated against and now terminated, but if i... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Oct 23, 2018

If this is a North Carolina case I have no idea.

In New York you may or may not incur costs. It depends on where you file charges or a complaint. The more important question might be the cost of waiting years to resolve your matter. Federal court in New York state is often 2 and closer to 3...
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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Business Law for New York on
Q: Put on light duty - does work have to pay me for dr visit's?

Hurt @ work - put on light duty. I'm required to go to the Dr to get checked and released back to full duty. Work isn't paying me for the time I am at the dr's. is this legal? Or are they required to pay when I was injured at work.

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Aug 25, 2018

Not required to pay.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: I've heard I can take disability and tack it onto a pregnancy leave - is that possible?
Charles Joseph
Charles Joseph answered on Aug 24, 2018

Under the New York State Paid Family Leave Act (NYSPFL), which took effect on January 1, 2018, you can take up to 8 weeks of paid leave in order to bond with your newborn. You are entitled to receive 50% of your salary up to $652.96 per week.

If you are temporarily disabled by a pregnancy,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: Injured back 2014 at job.received WC benefits for one year. returened to work 2days before,,having pain again.What to do

I was working as physical therapist and injured my back in April 2014. I filed for worker compensation claim and received benefits for one year. Then I went to out of country for one year and stopped to see doctor and stop receiving benefits. I came back to USA 8 months before and managing life... Read more »

Gary Lane
Gary Lane answered on Mar 29, 2018

Best thing is to get a consultation with a Workers' Compensation attorney. If you had one in 2014, contact him/her. If not, Worker's Comp attorneys give free consultations. You need a Workers Comp expert.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: My WC case was closed today, and after 4 1/2 years. I have lost 75% of the use of my right arm. I did settle a third p

arty lawsuit settled, and while I understand how the lien goes against payments to me, I am aghast that I had to pay my lawyer out of my share while the insurance company is allowed to offset their share of the legal fees and put them against what they owe me, not only creating a conflict of... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Mar 5, 2018

You don't and you can't. This is how it works.

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