Anyone working as a front-of-house staffer in a restaurant knows that it is anything but an easy job. The physicality of always being on your feet, the constant noise and stress, impatient tables and sometimes mediocre pay make being a server or similar position one of the most underappreciated service industry jobs. To make matters worse, some restaurants have shown a propensity for not always paying fairly.
The construction industry is an inherently dangerous environment for workers who choose to follow occupations within it. Certain types of accidents such as falls from scaffolding, crushing and machinery incidents, and others can afflict construction workers and leave them with serious and even life-threatening harm. Employers in New York and throughout the rest of the nation are required to follow certain regulations regarding safety at their construction sites, but despite these legislative and regulatory efforts individuals are still hurt while performing construction jobs.
A serious accident can happen anywhere and at anytime. They occur while driving, at work, in schools, walking down the street and even in your own home.
Getting hurt on the job is a bad situation for everyone. As an injured employee you have to muddle through the pain of the injury, miss work for a potentially extended period and contend with medical bills. Your family may also feel the strain as a source of income is cut off and may even have to take work off to help you recover.
Sometimes, the Social Security Disability Administration will try to cut your benefits under a "Continuing Disability Review," or "CDR." If this happens, all is far from lost. You can elect to fight a decision to cut your benefits. You can also elect to keep getting benefits while the administration conducts its review-but act fast, because you only have a few days to file for continuing benefits after your notice of termination. You will have to decide whether to collect benefits during the review, because if you lose your appeal, you will owe back all benefits you received during the process of review.
Going to the doctor is never much fun but New York residents keep their appointments with their physicians because maintaining their health is a key component to feeling good and protecting their longevity. It is often the case that a consultation with a doctor will provide a person with valuable information on how to improve their health and continue to lead the strongest lifestyle possible. However, when doctors fail to act in accordance with their duties of care and commit negligence, patients can suffer damaging medical malpractice events.
I am pleased to report some of our recent successes in protecting New York's working men and women from unscrupulous employers who try to rob them, or intimidate them, of their legal wages and workplace rights:
The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has officially launched virtual hearings for New York workers who were injured on the job. The new hearing process utilizes video conferencing technologies, so injured workers can attend hearings through a computer or another mobile device with a camera. Injured workers no longer have to travel to a hearing site.
Last month, we discussed how the first responders to the tragic events unfolded on September 11, 2001, are experiencing multiple health problems over a decade after the chaos. With all the toxic fume exposure, many local firefighters and law enforcement workers are discovering they have some sort of cancer that is both physically and financially devastating them.