February 3, 2016
From Robert Gray regarding the Workers Compensation Alliance press release: On February 1, 2016 the Workers' Compensation Alliance and the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health released a report showing the stark consequences of on-the-job injury for workers. The report outlines the consequences of the 2007 workers compensation "reforms" for injured workers. Among its conclusions, the report finds that (1) the 2007 "reforms" offered no benefit to low-wage workers; (2) even…
February 1, 2016
Every worker in NYS needs to be concerned about Cuomo's plans to severely reduce workers' benefits under the NYS Workers' Compensation Law. He also plans to take oversight of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board away from the state legislature and hand that power over to the NYS Governor and the NYSWCB. Please contact your state representative and implore him or her to vote AGAINST these changes. If you are a member of a union, ask your union to get involved.
March 4, 2015
By Michael Grabell Published by ProPublica and Howard Berkas, NPR
January 28, 2015
For the first time in the U.S., surgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have implanted a plastic device designed to help patients with persistent knee pain due to injured or deteriorating meniscus cartilage. The meniscus is a fibrocartilage pad located between the thigh and shin bones, and once it’s damaged has a very limited healing potential. “There aren’t many options for these patients, unfortunately. Once the meniscus is damaged, pain often sets in and can lead to…
March 31, 2014
Today, Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced the establishment of a centralized fraud prevention unit in New York City to identify potential fraud and detect fraud trends that can be applied to disability cases nationwide. This unit consists of experienced disability examiners who are currently involved in the re-review of disability medical decisions resulting from recent indictments in Puerto Rico and New York City. Using their specialized experience, they will…
February 6, 2014
A Maple City attorney is denouncing the state's decision to close the workers' compensation hearing site in Hornell, and he is asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a personal meeting to press for a reversal of that closure. Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan, also a critic of the closing, has offered the use of city hall facilities for workers' compensation hearings. The mayor said there is space available and there would be no charge.