December 31, 2015

COMMENTARY: A few thoughts as the year ends and some suggesions for next year.

DECISIONS: There are no decisions from the Third Department this week but seven new cases have been added to the Third Department's January hearing calendar.



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Dear Injured Workers, Families, and Employers,

Thank you for visiting this web site and this page. .

I am more than happy to answer any questions as to what may have happened to your case or your problems with the Board or the insurance company. Just e-mail me at TheInsider@InsideWorkersCompNY.com In most cases, I will suggest other contacts that may be able to better sere you. But I do not give specific legal advice or act in place of your attorney for two reasons.

More information can be found on two additional pages: one for injured workers and the other for employers

First, the purpose of this web site is to discuss the Workers Compensation Board policies and practices, and to discuss methods of making the system faster but also fairer to all the parties concerned. In addition to my book, Behind The Closed Doors - An insider's look at how things really work at the NYS Workers Compensation Board and how to fix them, you can get a lot of information from three articles published in the New York Times on March 31, April 1, and April 2, 2009.

If your questions pertain to Section 32 agreements, I will also try and answer questions but suggest that you consider purchasing the book: Workers Compensation Section 32 Settlements: A Treasure or A Trap. Click here for the link.

Second, as I have noted in my Privacy Policy & Disclaimer page, I am not an attorney. It is not my intent to dispense legal advice nor to engage in a discussion as to which interpretation of the law in a particular case is correct or fair. While these are activities in which I participated during my 12 years on the Board, the end of my term and the opening of this web site prevent me from taking sides on such issues. That is the responsibility of the current commissioners and both your and the opposing side's attorneys. There are excellent law firms in every county and major city in the state who specialize in Workers Compensation Law. And there are Licensed Representatives who are authorized by the NYS WCB, after passing rigorous test, to assist you as if they were an attorney. And you are better served with a Licensed Rep than an attorney who does not regularly practice WCB law.

Most of the law firms and Licensed Reps have web sites which allow you to contact them with whatever details of your case/claim you wish to submit and they will arrange for a confidential interview, in person or by telephone. There is no charge for this consultation. Every case is different no matter how similar they may look to the untrained eye. You certainly would not want your doctor to diagnose and treat you for the flu using someone else's medical records. Just as your doctor needs your medical history, so does your attorney need your history regarding your claim.

I have also written two pages for this website, each directed to a specific party:

  • For Injured Workers: How to contact the Board (after speaking with your attorney!!) and where to find an attorney if you do not have one.
  • For Employers: Where to get information on your claim and, if you need to hire an attorney, where to find one.

But you are welcome to keep visiting this web site; we can add you to our mailing list for our weekly update on Court Decision and other workers compensation-related news.

Finally, there is no charge for access to this website not for any answers I may give you in response to your e-mail queries. This site is supported solely by the sale of my two books, both of which can give you a great deal of information about the Board and settlements.

The Insider