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FAQ: I have WC insurance, and one of my employees got hurt. Do I need to report it?

Probably. With the exception of injuries such as paper cuts and minor bumps and bruises, all injuries should be reported to the Board and your insurance carrier by completing FormC-2. You must complete the C-2 Form and keep it on file for the statutory 18-year period, even if the injury is not reportable to the Board. See http://www.wcb.state.ny.us/content/main/Employers/claimsprocess1.jsp. DISCLAIMER: This…

201006.05
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Control Costs with Thorough Background Investigations

The Conflict You and your insurance or fraud investigator disagree about the definition of a thorough or complete background investigation. The Interests You want reassurance that you are only paying claims expenses that are truly warranted. You want to provide the payments and treatment required to return the claimant to his pre-injury or pre-illness condition. You know…

201005.05
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FAQ: Will The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick attend the Hearings on our cases and manage the litigation from start to finish?

A:  Absolutely!  Unless I am instructed otherwise, I will assume your assignment of a case is assignment of the full litigation. I will review the case regularly for indemnity, subrogation and resolution opportunities. I will manage each case individually. As necessary, I will conduct investigations, schedule independent medical examinations, file requisite forms, prepare witnesses, file fraud complaints, request medical…

201004.30
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How Credible is Your IME Report?

I recently appeared on a workers’ compensation (“WC”) case in which the claimant’s attorney had him complete a questionnaire after he attended an independent medical examination (“IME”). I have redacted the claimant’s personal information and the doctor’s name to protect their privacy. So, you can review the form by clicking the link below. Download Claimant’s…

201002.19
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The Magic Solution for Workplace Conflicts

The 05/29/08 NYCOSH NEWSLINE contains an article by Liza Frenette that also appeared in New York Teacher Magazine on 05/22/08. In the article, Ms. Frenette describes a hazardous waste situation at a high school on Long Island, New York. According to her sources, the substances had been oozing and bubbling up through science classroom drains for up…

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Workplace Conflict Resolution Tip of the Month

When your employees are injured on the job, give them an instruction sheet in addition to the claim form. You may have published instructions in your employee handbook or communicated them at other times, but employees often lose their handbooks or forget to refer to them. An instruction sheet will give them timely reminders about…