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Helping businesses through workers' compensation claims

Learning of an employee's on-the-job injury can be a stressful event for a New York small business owner. When an employee reports an injury, that event sets off a chain of actions that the owner must complete in order to ensure that the accident is documented and proper action is taken. In the end, the employer may be asked to review the employee's claim for workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' compensation is an important system of financial support for individuals who suffer legitimate, work-related harm. However, not every claim that is filed is genuine and in some cases employers should not be required to use their workers' compensation insurance to provide employees with support that is not justified.

The Klein Law Group honored by the esteemed NYCOSH

We are proud to announce that The Klein Law Group has been recognized by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) "for its unwavering support and commitment in fighting to extend and defend every person's right to a safe and healthy workplace."

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What to do when a settlement offer arrives after an accident

In the wake of an auto accident, a New York resident may rightfully prioritize the management of their injuries and the improvement of their health. They may take time off from their jobs and seek the help of others to accomplish the tasks they are limited in performing due to their accident-related harm. Only after they have begun to heal may they consider the actions they may wish to take against the party or parties that caused them harm.

A victim of an auto accident may choose to sue for the recovery of their damages. Some victims, however, may receive settlement offers from representatives of the responsible parties. A settlement offer is an offer of compensation to a victim. Generally, however, in order for a victim to receive the settlement payment they must agree to waive their rights to sue the responsible party based on claims arising from their accident.

Staying safe while biking in the winter

As winter inches closer to spring, many New Yorkers are itching to hop back on their bikes. The weather is finally starting to turn. This may inspire some to drag the bike out of storage and brave the last of winter weather.

However, when riding in the winter, it’s important to be prepared. Here are a few tips that can keep you on your bike and out of the hospital.

Workers' comp hearing? There's an app for that.

After an injury on the job, it can be difficult to get around. Many workers' compensation claimants struggle with limited mobility, limited income and limited time - all of which can make it harder to get to medical appointments, family obligations and other meetings.

Fortunately, the New York State Workers' Compensation Board has heard these concerns. The WCB recently launched a new tool to make it easier for injured workers to attend their hearings remotely.

$15 minimum wage becomes a reality for 1M New Yorkers

In December, New York City implemented a minimum wage increase that affects more than a million workers, including all fast food workers and more than 25,000 airport employees. The city's minimum wage for these workers increased by $2 per hour to $15 per hour, joining several other major cities where wages have already hit $15 per hour.

Advocates for a livable minimum wage are celebrating the increase, which comes after a six-year fight. "This demand was from the fast-food workers who explained that was the minimum they needed for a decent life," a representative of the National Employment Law Project told the New York Times. The proposal for $15/hour seemed extreme when it was introduced in 2012, but eventually garnered support at the grassroots and government levels.

What does "disabled" mean for the purposes of securing benefits?

A disability may present itself at any point in a New York resident's life. They may be born into the world with an illness or injury that limits their capacity to learn, grow, or live independently. They may also suffer an accident or acquire an illness that robs them of the full functioning of their body or mind.

Whenever a person becomes disabled, they may struggle to find their footing in a world that requires practically everyone to earn an income to survive. The inability to work due to a disabling condition may allow a person to seek financial assistance through the Social Security Administration's disability benefits programs. There are two disability benefits programs that individuals may wish to explore, which are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

NYC diner employees allege wage theft

Underpaying diner employees happens all too often in New York City. According to NYC Health Department records, almost 25 percent of diners or coffee shops were sued by workers alleging wage theft over the last ten years.

However, filing a lawsuit is an uphill fight for most restaurant workers. Of the 92 suits filed, only 12 have been settled or ruled on.

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