Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

December 2017 Archives

How is "employee" defined for workers' compensation purposes?

Accidents happen, but they can also be the cause of financial hardships. Workers' compensation benefits can be a real boon to injured workers who are struggling to make ends meet. It can provide periodic and consistent payouts that help an injured individual recoup lost wages and pay for unexpected medical expenses. Although it may seem like recovering these benefits is automatic upon injury, this is far from the truth. In fact, many New Yorker's see their workers' compensation claims denied, thereby necessitating an appeal.

3 reasons to notify your employer of an injury ASAP

Suffering an injury on the job is never an issue to downplay or ignore. Too many people, however, make the mistake of trying to continue work and ignore the pain. This can be costly not just to your potential workers’ comp claim but also to your health, well-being and recovery. There are several reasons it is imperative that you notify your employer of any injury immediately after it happens.

Can other benefits reduce SSD benefits?

Those who have contracted a serious illness may find themselves struggling with many aspects of their day-to-day lives. Caring for children, maintaining a household and working can all become difficult or even impossible. Making matters worse, when these individuals are unable to work, there may be significant financial strain thrust upon a family. The Social Security disability system may provide relief if a disabled individual can show that he or she qualifies for benefits. Yet, if that individual is receiving other benefits, then his or her SSD benefits may be reduced.

Medical evaluations key in workers' compensation cases

New Yorkers who have been injured on the job have two very important matters on their minds. The first is finding the financial stability their family needs, and the second is recovering back to health so that they can get back to work. The workers' compensation system seeks to provide financial relief while injured workers focus on reclaiming their health, but the matter can be complicated by a number of legal issues.

How chronic heart failure can qualify one for SSD benefits

When people think of the most important organs in their body, they often think of their brain and their heart. Regardless of how well the rest of a person's body performs, a defective or diseased brain or heart can leave an individual facing significant hardship. With regard to heart conditions, individuals may be unable to exert themselves, and sometimes they require constant monitoring. These realities oftentimes leave these individuals unable to work. While work may be the last thing on one's mind when he or she is suffering from a heart condition, not having income can make it terribly difficult to obtain much needed medical care and, generally, make ends meet.

SSD benefits for personality disorders

Mental health has received much more attention over the last several years. As these conditions have become more socially acceptable, more individuals are seeking the treatment they need and deserve. Yet, for many New Yorkers, despite receiving treatment, their mental condition is so severe that it negatively impacts their daily lives. When this interference disallows an individual from working, then he or she may struggle to find financial stability. Fortunately, Social Security disability benefits may be recoverable if certain federal requirements are met.

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