Workers’ Comp and Third Party Claims Help Injured Construction Workers

Recently, New York crane operator Douglas Fitzmaurice was in the process of moving a 35-ton crane from one side of a sloped concrete spillway to another when the unthinkable happened: the crane toppled, pinning Fitzmaurice beneath it. Rescuers rushed to the scene and struggled to free Fitzmaurice, who was reportedly conscious and talking. But, after […]

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Undocumented Workers and Third Party Claims

In 2010, foreign-born workers made up 15.8 percent of the U.S. labor force, nearly half of them Hispanic and more than a fifth of them Asian. The foreign-born are more likely than native-born workers to be employed in service occupations like transportation, construction and maintenance. Foreign-born workers are also more likely to perform high-risk jobs, […]

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Illegal Immigrants and Workers Compensation

The question of whether illegal immigrants can receive Workers Compensation is a complicated and unsettled one. Under federal law, the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) makes it unlawful for employers to knowingly hire an unauthorized alien. IRCA also prohibits unauthorized aliens from submitting false or forged identity documents in order to obtain employment. The […]

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New York Workers’ Compensation Reform Efforts Continue

Workers’ compensation rates in New York were decreased for the first time this year since 2008. In July, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the lower workers’ compensation premiums as a final measure to implement reforms from a law passed in 2007. Earlier in 2012, other changes were also implemented from the 2007 workers’ compensation reforms including […]

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More American Workers Now Dying in Workplace Accidents

Despite new technologies and safety advances, increasing numbers of Americans are dying in workplace accidents. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,690 workers died as the result of traumatic workplace injuries in 2010. This is an increase from the 4,551 fatalities in 2009. To put the current number in perspective, about 13 […]

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