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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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NY Workers Compensation System Failing Non-English Speaking Workers

LEP workers need Queens workers compensation The Workers Protection Coalition released a study that revealed that the Workers Compensation system in New York state fails to meet the needs of many of its workers with limited English proficiency (LEP). These workers must be provided translation and interpretation services to help them benefit from Workers Compensation the same as they would for English-speaking workers. In a study that ran from May and December 2016, which observed close to 500 hearings before the Workers Compensation Board, revealed that LEP workers are not getting the representation that they need. Here are just a few of the findings in the report:
  • In 18% of the hearings observed required interpretation services for the worker
  • 42% of them were not provided interpretation services be the Workers Compensation Board
  • Of the 51 hearings where interpretation services were provided, none of them...
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How the Recent Changes in NY Workers Compensation Impact You

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On April 9, 2017, the New York State Senate passed workers compensation reform as part of a hard-fought battle over the state budget. Although the impact of these changes is still being discussed, here is what we know so far. These changes:
  • Create an expedited hearing process
  • Limit the timeframe for employees to claim temporary benefits to 2.5 years, unless they can prove that they require more time to heal
  • Lower the threshold to receive permanent benefits to allow more workers to qualify for them.
  • Update the prescription drug formula to include more generic medications
  • Create new medical impairment guidelines that updates the amounts that employees can get for an injury
  • Add provisions to provide workers compensation coverage for ride share drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft who are injured on the job
The Workers’ Compensation Board will...
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