The Staten Island lawyers at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. answer your questions regarding workers’ compensation benefits in New York.
What are the most common work related injuries?
Here are some of the most common workplace injuries:
Slips, trips, and falls: Accidents caused by slipping on wet surfaces, tripping over objects, or falling from height, such as falling from a ladder.
Strains and sprains: These occur due to overexertion or repeated motion, incorrect posture or lifting techniques.
Cuts and lacerations: Injuries caused by sharp objects such as knives, scissors, and saws.
Burns: Caused by fire or hot objects, hot liquids or steam, or chemical exposure.
Repetitive motion injuries: These injuries are caused by performing the same motion or task repeatedly, leading to strain, inflammation, and pain.
Being struck by falling objects: Heavy objects that fall from a height or objects that are dropped accidentally can cause injury.
Vehicle-related accidents: Motor vehicle accidents can occur while driving for work-related purposes.
It is the employer’s responsibility to create a safe working environment and to provide the necessary safety training and equipment to reduce the risk of these injuries.
Can I file my Workers Compensation Claim in Staten Island if I work in New York City?
Where do you file a Workers’ Compensation Claim on Staten Island?
I lost my workers compensation case. Can I Appeal?
What does it mean that my case was Adjudicated?
I went to a scheduled hearing and the judge said he was going to adjourn it. What does that mean?
What is Accident, Notice and Causal Relationship (ANCR)?
My workers compensation claim form asks for my accident date. What does that mean?
What is a work related accident?
What does it mean when the workers compensation judge said he would "abey" an issue?
What is the eCase system?
How do I file a Workers Compensation Claim?
What is Causation or a Causative Factor?
I slipped on something on the floor at work. Is that the Cause of Accident?
What is the difference between my WCB case number and carrier case number?
What is a workers compensation case?
My attorney told me that my workers' compensation case was on the hearing calendar today. What did he mean?
My attorney said that my case is being reviewed by a Board Panel. What is a Board Panel?
My attorney was asking about my Average Weekly Wage (AWW). What is he asking about?
I havent been working since my accident. Who pays my attorneys fees?
What does it mean Arising Out of and in the Course of Employment?
I reinjured myself at work. I hurt myself years earlier and I worked for a different employer than I do now. The Judge said that he was going to apportion my case?
I was hurt at work and cant go back to my job because of my injury. How much money will I receive while I am not working?
The cash amount that you will receive is based on your average weekly wage for the previous year. The workers’ compensation board uses the following formula to calculate benefits:
2/3 x average weekly wage x % of disability = weekly benefit
If you were earning $400 per week and you are totally (100%) disabled, you would receive $266.67 per week. If you were partially (50%) disabled, you would receive $133.34 per week. However, your weekly cash benefit cannot exceed the following maximums amounts, which are based on the date of accident:
Schedule of Benefits
Date of Accident Weekly Maximum
Total / Partial
July 1, 1985 – June 30, 1990 $300 / $150
July 1, 1990 – June 30, 1991 $340 / $280
July 1, 1991 – June 30, 1992 $350 / $350
July 1, 1992 – June 30, 2007 $400 / $400
July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008 $500 / $500
July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009 $550 / $550
July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010 $600 / $600
What is a workers compensation law judge?
What is the workers’ compensation board?
What is a waiting period?
I was injured at work when I was 18 and my doctor says I cant work again. How does the board figure out how much money I will lose?
If my employer didnt have workers compensation insurance, what can I do?
What is a trial calendar hearing?
What does it mean to have a total disability?
My lawyer said I have a possible third-party action. Does this mean I can bring a lawsuit for personal injuries?
What is a tentative rate?
I am told that I will receive symptomatic treatment. What is symptomatic treatment?
My company received a stop work order. Can I work anyway?
I am receiving payment from special funds. What is the special funds?
What is a permanent partial disability?
What is a request for review?
What is a review bureau?
A decision in my case was rescinded. What does it mean?
My lawyer filed a request for further action because I was denied medical treatment. What will happen next?
I was told that since my injury happened more than 7 years ago and my case has been closed, my benefits would come from the reopened cases fund. What is the fund?
The reopened cases fund was established to assume liability for any additional awards in workers’ compensation cases in which the application to reopen the case occurs more than seven years from the date of injury and more than three years from when your case was closed. The Fund is financed through assessments made periodically against all insurance carriers.
Can my workers compensation case be reopened?
My employer said at a hearing that I was overpaid benefits. What does that mean?
I am unable to work the hours I used to before I was hurt. My lawyer said that I have a reduced earnings claim. What is a reduced earnings claim?
What is an occupational Injury?
What is an occupational illness?
What is occupational disease, notice and causal relationship?
What is an occupational disease?
My employer said that I never gave him notice of my injury. I did tell my supervisor. Is that notice?
What is a non-schedule permanent partial disability?
What is a non-compensated case?
What is a motion calendar hearing?
What does it mean to modify a decision?
What is medical treatment?
What are medical benefits?
I have been told that I have reached maximum medical improvement or MMI. Am I able to receive additional medical treatment?
What is a lump sum settlement?
I was told that I have to wait 14 days before I can receive my lost time. Is this true?
My claim has been indexed. What is an indexed claim?
My lawyer told me I am going to receive financial benefits from my injury. What types of financial benefits are there?
- temporary total disability benefits – for periods when you have been unable to work
- temporary partial disability benefit – for periods when you have been unable to work your normal hours or at your normal pay
- facial disfigurement awards – are subject to a judge’s discretion for facial disfigurement resulting from your work-related accident;
- permanent partial disability benefits – are awards for loss of physical function or for periods of partial wage loss after a claimant has been classified as having a permanent partial disability;
- permanent total disability benefits – are for loss of your wage earning capacity after you have been classified as having a permanent disability; and
- death benefits – which are compensation benefits awarded to a spouse, children or other family members following a work-related death.
What is a workers compensation hearing?
I am scheduled for a final adjustment hearing. What can I expect?
How is my extent of disability determined?
The codes are:
0 = Death case
1 = Permanent total disability
2 = Permanent partial disability (PPD) – Schedule award only
3 = Facial disfigurement award only
4 = Schedule PPD and facial disfigurement award
5 = Temporary disability only
6 = Temporary disability and facial disfigurement award
7 = Non-schedule PPD – Lump sum settlement
8 = Non-schedule PPD – No present loss of earnings
9 = Non-schedule PPD – Carrier to continue payments
My attorney said that workers compensation is my exclusive remedy. What does he mean?
What is a C-7?
What is a Workers Compensation Board Examiner?
What is a Workers Compensation District?
What is a dependent?
The judge closed my case at a hearing. What does that mean?
The decision I received says that my case is continued. What will happen next?
What is a C-3?
My claim is controverted. What does that mean?
What is a C-4?
What is a decision?
What is workers' compensation, and who is eligible to apply in New York?
Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that provides medical and financial benefits to employees who become injured or ill due to their work. All employers in New York State are required to have workers’ compensation insurance, and all employees are eligible to apply for benefits.
How do I know if my injury or illness is covered by workers' compensation?
In general, injuries or illnesses that occur while performing work-related duties are covered by workers’ compensation. However, there are some exceptions and specific requirements for filing a claim.
What should I do if my workers' compensation claim is denied?
If your claim is denied, you have the right to file an appeal. It is recommended that you seek legal advice to help navigate the appeal process.
It is important to note that workers’ compensation laws can be complex and vary by state. If you have any questions or concerns about your rights and benefits as an employee in New York, it is recommended that you speak with a qualified attorney or contact the Workers’ Compensation Board in New York.
How are my weekly cash benefits calculated?
What is the maximum weekly cash benefit amount I can receive?
The weekly benefit cannot exceed the maximum benefit amount. The benefit rate an injured worker receives is determined by the date of injury and does not increase if new maximum benefits are adopted into law. As of July 1, 2023, the maximum weekly cash benefit is $1,145.43.
I was hurt at work. Do I need to file for workers' compensation or can I just use my regular medical insurance?
In New York State, if you are hurt at work, you must use your workers’ compensation benefits for medical insurance. You cannot use your private medical insurance for a work related injury.