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How the Proposed Workers' Compensation Reform Will Affect Injured Workers

How the Proposed Workers' Compensation Reform Will Affect Injured Workers

Workers’ compensation laws are a key factor in ensuring that, in the event of a serious injury, workers have the ability to pay for necessary medical care and cover any damages they may have incurred. Tens of thousands of workers are injured on the job every year, and thousands more are killed, indicating just how important it is to have this legal safety net to protect those who could not be protected by a literal safety net.

However, some people in power believe that rolling back many of these protections is a good decision – the New York State 2016 Executive Budget included a significant number of cuts and changes to existing workers’ compensation laws that, if they went into effect, would dramatically reduce injured workers’ ability to secure the compensation they deserve.

  • Disabled workers will have a harder time securing compensation once the Aggregate Fund is removed.
  • Workers injured on the job can no longer receive treatment from the doctor of their choosing. Instead, they will be provided a list of approved physicians.
  • The Workers’ Compensation Board will have the ability to assign a case to the judge of their choosing whenever they decide.
  • Injured workers will receive reduced compensation through updated lost earnings calculations.
  • The updated appeals process means that rather than relying on a panel of Commissioners, one Workers’ Compensation Board member with a law degree can decide the outcome of an appeal.
  • If a doctor refuses to sign an authorization agreement, the Workers’ Compensation Board has the power to remove them from the system.

At The Perecman Firm, we are committed to fighting for and protecting the rights of injured workers throughout New York State. David Perecman, our founding attorney, was one of thousands who signed this petition to halt this atrocious bill before it could seriously damage the lives of those in need of support. Visit our workers’ compensation page to learn more about what our firm can do for you, or call us at (212) 577-9325 today if you were seriously injured in a construction accident and need legal assistance.

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