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How is Impairment Measured in New York Workers Compensation Benefits Cases?

Impairment measures the physical and mental harm from a workplace injury. During a New York workers compensation benefits independent medical exam, a medical professional determines one’s level of impairment and work ability on a scale of 0 to 100. A worker with an impairment rating of less than 50 will likely be able to return to work at full or limited capacity, while a worker with an impairment rating of 50 or above probably cannot return to work.Workmans comp lawyer Suffolk, NY

Functional Ability

Functional evaluations measure one’s abilities and losses after the injury to determine one’s work capabilities. Worker’s comp claims examiners use a general measurement of physical capabilities from sedentary to very heavy exertion.
  • Sedentary capacity involves sitting and occasional standing and walking, occasional exertion of less than 10 pounds of force, and using negligible force to lift, carry, push, or pull objects.
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Robert Golan, PC Wins Two Important Workers Comp Cases

Robert Golan, PC of Golan & Masiakos, LLP has won two important cases for his clients recently. As one of the best lawyers for workers compensation cases in Nassau, NY, Robert Golan fights the insurance companies to get the medical treatment and compensation needed for his clients and gets results. The first case involved a woman who got injured volunteering for a religious institution. She assisted with religious observances by preparing and serving food, cleaning up afterwards, handing out programs and paperwork for congregants and more. She fractured her leg after a slip and fall, and the insurance company contested the case on the grounds that as a volunteer she was not entitled to workers compensation benefits.Mr. Golan argued that because the employer derived a benefit from her voluntary services that they otherwise would have had to pay someone to perform, she was entitled to benefits. The judge agreed and...
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Why Workplace Fatalities Increased in 2016

Earlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 5,190 people died due to workplace injuries or illnesses in 2016. The figure represents a 7-percent increase in workplace fatalities to the highest rate since 2008. 2016 also saw an increase in overall workplace injury rate from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers to 3.6.

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Transportation Incidents

Transportation incidents top the list of workplace fatalities in 2016 with 2,083 workers killed, more than double the number of worker fatalities in any other category. In fact, transportation incidents accounted for two out of every five fatal injuries.

The increase in transportation incidents correlates with a 6 percent rise in deaths from motor vehicle crashes in 2016. Fortune Magazine cites low gas prices, increased mileage, and unsafe driving practices such as speeding and texting while driving as contributing...

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