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What Does It Mean to Be Classified as “Permanently Partially Disabled”?
by cjleclaire
Oct 19, 2017 | 936 views | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

When you have been hurt on the job, there are typically four different ways your injury can be classified:

  • Temporary partial disability—something that is short-term and does not prevent you from being gainfully employed in some capacity
  • Temporary total disability—something that is short-term, but prevents you from working at all
  • Permanent total disability—something that will be with you the rest of your life, and that will likely prevent you from ever working again
  • Permanent partial disability—a condition that is permanent, but won’t necessarily keep you from working some other type of job

If you are classified as permanently partially disabled, you are typically entitled to continue to receive payments based on your percentage of disability. You must also show, though, that you have tried to find work that you can perform with the limitations your permanent injury imposes on you. In addition, you may be required to submit to periodic re-evaluations to determine if your medical condition has changed, and if you are still eligible for disability benefits through the workers’ compensation  program.

What is Permanent Partial Disability?

Experienced NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx | Queens Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims for people in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Queens  Workers Compensation Attorneys | NYC | Brooklyn  | Bronx

 

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Do You Need a Witness to a Workplace Accident?
by cjleclaire
Oct 11, 2017 | 2902 views | 0 0 comments | 267 267 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

In New Jersey, if you’ve been injured on the job, you have a right to seek benefits to cover your disability, as well as medical expenses. But what if no one actually saw the accident? Can you still recover workers’ compensation benefits if there were no witnesses to your injury? The answer is yes.

There are typically two types of evidence in a legal matter—direct evidence and circumstantial evidence. Direct evidence includes anything a witness had access to directly, either through sight, sound, smell, taste or touch. Circumstantial evidence, on the other hand, involves facts that support a finding, but without any direct access to an event.

We were involved in a workers’ compensation claim where an employee died of a heart attack at his desk at work. No one had been present when the man died. However, through circumstantial evidence, we were able to show the man had been under significant stress on the job. We successfully argued to the workers’ compensation judge and the Workers’ Compensation Board that the reason the man died was related to his job.

Do You Need a Witness to a Workplace Accident?

Experienced NYC | Queens | Bronx | Brooklyn Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we provide comprehensive counsel to people with workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Queens, NY Workers’ Compensation Attorneys | NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

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Don’t Accept Business as Usual—Let Us Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve
by cjleclaire
Oct 11, 2017 | 2555 views | 0 0 comments | 265 265 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

When you’ve been injured on the job, you are entitled to seek disability benefits, as well as the cost of medical expenses, in a workers’ compensation claim. Unfortunately, if your injuries are serious and catastrophic, you may be surprised to learn that the workers’ compensation insurance company doesn’t want to treat you any differently than someone with minor injuries. That’s why it’s critical to have an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to advocate for you.

At Pyrros & Serres, we have successfully recovered substantial benefits for workers whose injuries were extensive. We represented a man who suffered injuries at work that left him wheelchair bound and in need of constant medical care. In initial dealings with the workers’ compensation insurer, our client was offered a settlement of $100,000, clearly insufficient to meet his needs for the rest of his life. We refused to accept the insurer’s inadequate offer and impressed upon them the severity of the man’s injuries, as well as his basic needs. Because of our advocacy, the man received a $1 million settlement offer, as well as a new motorized wheelchair.

The moral of the story? Don’t ever accept business as usual! Hire an experienced and aggressive workers’ compensation lawyer to protect your rights.

Don’t Accept Business as Usual!

Experienced Queens |NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims for people in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Queens | NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

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The Diverse Culture in Queens Extends to Its Restaurants, Too!!
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Sep 29, 2017 | 4980 views | 0 0 comments | 642 642 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

It’s no secret that the borough of Queens is one of the most ethnically diverse communities anywhere on the planet. For anyone who loves great food and wants to try something different, it’s a virtual paradise. It probably comes as no surprise that there are more than 1,600 Italian restaurants alone in Queens! From street vendors to five star eateries, from food trucks to bistros, your choices are virtually endless. Here’s just a small sample of some of the outstanding, and some of the unique, food experiences available in Queens:

 

Local Favorites

  • The Original Stamatis Restaurant: “If you can’t get to Greece…” the saying goes, go to Stamatis. This Astoria landmark is the real deal, offering mouthwatering Greek fare at reasonable prices. It’s a large menu, with something for just about everyone, with one of the largest seafood selections in Queens, and eggplant that’s out of this world. To learn more, visit The Original Stamatis Restaurant
  • Taverna Kyclades: Another Astoria legend, Taverna Kyclades has a longstanding commitment to using only the freshest ingredients in original Greek recipes. Family members personally shop for the freshest meats, fish and other ingredients every morning. The fare is simple, with an emphasis on fish and seafood entrees. Taverna Kyclades is often the “go-to” place to bring guests from out of town.
  • Trattoria L’incontro: With hand-painted images from Chef Rocco Sacramone’s hometown in the Abruzzo region in Italy, and an open brick oven in the dining room, this is as authentic as Italian gets in Queens, and that’s saying something. Many of the recipes that make this restaurant stellar were handed down to Chef Rocco by his mother, Tina. Trattorio L’incontro blends classic Italian dishes with new and exciting cuisine.
  • Good food, great prices: If you’re looking for something that’ll tantalize your taste buds, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, there are lots of great options. Court Square Diner, in Long Island City is renowned for its super-sized portions and reasonable prices for standard diner fare. The handmade dumplings at Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao are considered among the best in the metro area. New Park Pizzeria is one of the favorite local spots for authentic New York pizza.
  • Something different—Sometimes you just want to try something you can’t find everywhere. How about Spicy Lanka, in Jamaica, for some Sri Lankan food (might want to bring a fire extinguisher!!). For the sweet green curries that make Malaysian cuisine so delectable, there’s PappaRich and Sentosa in Flushing, and Taste Good Malaysian in Elmhurst. You haven’t lived until you’ve had the Tibetan style momo at Phayul, in Jackson Heights.

Experienced Queens Workers’ Compensation Law Firm

At the law offices of Pyrros & Serres LLP, our attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of workers’ compensation claims. We take cases involving all kinds of work-related injuries, such as:

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) | Spinal Cord Injury | Paralysis | Fractures | Shoulder, Arm, Hand and Finger Injury | Back and Neck Injury | Hip, Leg, Foot and Toe Injury| Burns |Occupational Illness | Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement | Amputation or Loss of Limb | Hearing or Vision Loss | Accidental Death

Effective Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Queens, New York

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation for people across the greater New York City metropolitan area, including injured workers in the borough of Queens.

For more information about the services we provide, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Workers’ Compensation Attorneys—Queens, New York

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Something You May Not Have Known about Queens
by cjleclaire
Sep 26, 2017 | 6029 views | 0 0 comments | 599 599 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

 

A: The borough derived its name from the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza, who was the queen of England when Queens as founded in 1683. Explorers and colonists had been in the area, though, for half a century before Queens was formally named, settling first around Maspeth. From its establishment until it became one of the boroughs of New York (in 1898), Queens County was much larger, including what is now Nassau County.

Q: What is the basis of the Queens economy?

A: Given its cultural diversity, it’s no surprise that unofficial estimates indicate that nearly 140 different languages are spoken in Queens, from Spanish and Chinese to Tagalog, French Creole, Serbo-Croatian and Hindi.

Proven Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Queens, New York

We handle all types of work-related injury claims, including cases involving:

 

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Workers’ Compensation Attorneys—Queens, New York

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How Does Your Lawyer Get Paid in a Workers’ Compensation Case?
by cjleclaire
Sep 25, 2017 | 5880 views | 0 0 comments | 659 659 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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When you’ve been hurt on the job, one of your first steps should be to notify your employer and file a workers’ compensation claim to cover medical expenses and lost income. But when you’ve suffered a job-related injury and can’t work, things get pretty tight pretty quickly. When you’re trying to put food on the table, one of the last things you want is to pay money to an attorney. So what do you do?

There’s good news—in New York, when you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, you never have to pay your attorney directly for any work done on your case, whether it’s preparing and filing the application for benefits, or appearing on your behalf at meetings or hearings. The amount that your lawyer will receive is determined by the workers’ compensation and by the workers’ compensation board, and will be calculated based on the range of services provided, as well as the amount of benefits the attorney secures for you.

In workers’ compensation cases, like other personal injury lawsuits, lawyers typically charge a “contingency fee.” That means that your attorney will take a percentage of the amount recovered. The lawyer will only get paid if you actually obtain workers’ compensation benefits, and will typically receive a higher fee if you get a higher monetary award.  A customary contingency fee in New York is 10-15% of the total award or settlement.

How Does Your Workers’ Compensation Attorney Get Paid?

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At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we provide comprehensive counsel to people with workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Queens | NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

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Be Careful—You Could Be on Candid Camera!!
by cjleclaire
Sep 14, 2017 | 6181 views | 0 0 comments | 470 470 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Don’t Let Workers’ Compensation Investigators Ruin Your Claim with Video Footage!

Queens |NYC| Brooklyn |Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

When you have been hurt on the job, you can’t count on your employer or the workers’ compensation insurance provider to step forward and make certain you get the benefits you need and to which you are entitled. In fact, because your employer and their insurers have a vested interest in paying as little as possible to settle your claim, you can expect that they’ll spend some time and money trying to disprove or diminish your claim. One of the most common ways to do that is to obtain clandestine video footage of you engaging in some activity that suggests your injury is either not severe or bogus.

There’s a simple way to avoid this problem—be honest from the get-go. Don’t ever try to make your injury more—or less—than it actually is. If you exaggerate the severity of your injury, you’ll have to be constantly on your guard, so that you don’t forget that you’re supposed to be injured, and end up doing something that belies your claim. If you haven’t exaggerated or fabricated your injury, you can usually just live your life as limited by the injury and you’ll be fine.

It’s also important, though, to understand that this is no time to be strong or brave, or to worry about not pulling your weight. You have been hurt and you need to accept that, and acknowledge that you need time to heal. That will most likely include abstaining from some or many of the common activities of your life. You don’t have to be locked in your house…just make certain that you abide by the restrictions that your doctor establishes.

Don’t Ruin Your Workers’ Compensation Claim with Video Evidence

Experienced Queens |NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims for people in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Queens | NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

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Are You at Risk for Reduced Workers Compensation?
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Sep 12, 2017 | 4586 views | 0 0 comments | 308 308 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The new workers compensation rules could put you at risk, yes. New York unions are fighting proposed workers comp rules that could dramatically reduce your amount of compensation as an injured work. This is especially true if you are a worker with impaired arm or leg use.

What Is the Reason for the Change in Regulations?

According to the New York Daily News, in April Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers passed legislation that required the Workers Compensation Board to update its guidelines. The reason given was medical advances in technology have made it easier for workers to return to work faster. Consequently, the Board is in the process of revamping the rules. But it is still accepting public responses to its proposed changes. Its deadline to have new rules in place is January 1, 2018.

Statistics that supported the required changes were:

  • In 2015, the state paid $1.3 billion to workers with leg or arm impairments.
  • Of $1.3 billion, $900 million went to workers who had returned at work within two weeks of the injury.

Why Are Union Leaders Contesting the Changes?

AFL-CIO President Mario Cliento argued that the new regulations would make it considerably more difficult for workers to obtain independent medical examinations. Such examinations are often necessary for fair claims.

In addition, the board would be able to deny claims when an injured worker refused to cooperate with an insurance company that was requesting an independent examination.

He went on to say that workers who lost the use of a body part would be at risk for “increasing uncertainty, delay and litigation.” He urged the Board to scrap the current rules and draft new ones.

Experienced Queens |NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims for people in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Queens | NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

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Will I Be Prevented from Recovering Workers’ Compensation Benefits if It’s an Old Injury?
by cjleclaire
Aug 31, 2017 | 6250 views | 0 0 comments | 336 336 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Can I Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Aggravation of a Pre-Existing Injury?

When you have sustained an injury in a work-related accident, you typically have a right to seek benefits through the New York workers’ compensation system. But what if you had a pre-existing injury that was aggravated or re-injured in the accident? Are you still eligible for benefits?

The simple answer to this question is yes—New York’s workers’ compensation laws do not prohibit you from seeking benefits in a new claim, even if you have collected benefits for the same injury before. In many instances, the fact that you had a prior injury will simply not be relevant to the new claim. For example, if you had a back injury, but fully recovered from it (your doctor cleared you to return to work), the new injury will be treated as a wholly separate injury.

However, if you were still under a doctor’s care for a prior injury, and you aggravate the injury, the Workers’ Compensation Board will likely try to determine how much of the injury is a carryover from the prior injury and how much is an entirely new injury. As a result, your new injury may be “apportioned” in part to the old accident, thereby reducing your benefits.

Can I Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Aggravation of a Pre-Existing Injury?

Experienced NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx | Queens Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims for people in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Queens | NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

 

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The Endless Attractions in Queens
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Aug 31, 2017 | 6292 views | 0 0 comments | 336 336 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Enjoy One of the World’s Most Diverse Cities

If you live in the New York City metropolitan area, you know there’s no place like the borough of Queens. With more than two million residents, it trails only Los Angeles, Chicago and neighboring borough Brooklyn among the largest cities in the country. A lot of cities claim that you can do anything there—in Queens, it’s not an idle boast, it’s a reality. And with easy access to Manhattan, your world just got a whole lot bigger! Here are just a few of the many ways to experience Queens.

There Are Lots of Ways to Have Fun in Queens

  • Sports and Leisure: Queens is a sports lover’s paradise. Catch the “Amazin'” Mets at Citi-Field or come to Flushing Meadows in August and September for the U.S. Open, the greatest (and probably the loudest) tennis championships in the world. There’s also the Aqueduct, home to world-class horse racing.
  • Historic landmarks: Queens is home to 11 historic districts, as well as more than 100 places listed on the National Register of Historic Places, from the Louis Armstrong House and Grace Episcopal Church and Graveyard to King Mansion and the Queens General Court House.
  • Arts and culture: Queens has long been a vibrant musical mecca, from the jazz of Ella Fitzgerall, Charlie Parker and Louis Armstrong to the hip-hop of Run-D.M.C , LL Cool J, and 50 Cent. The Black Spectrum Theater Company and the Akrikan Poetry Theatre are internationally renowned. There’s the Museum of the Moving Image, the Noguchi Museum and the Queens Museum of Art.
  • Great places to eat: The cultural diversity that makes Queens so unique is nowhere more apparent than in the wide variety of culinary experiences here. From Malaysian to Croatian, from Bangladeshi to Tibetan or Xinjiang, from Uzbek to Italian, it’s all here.

Results-Oriented Queens Workers’ Compensation Law Firm

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we have decades of experience handling all types of workers’ compensation claims. We take cases involving all kinds of work-related injuries, such as:

Back and Neck Injury | Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) | Fractures | Shoulder, Arm, Hand and Finger Injury | Hip, Leg, Foot and Toe Injury| Burns | Paralysis |Occupational Illness | Spinal Cord Injury | Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement | Amputation or Loss of Limb | Hearing or Vision Loss | Accidental Death

Effective Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Queens, New York

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation for people across the greater New York City metropolitan area, including injured workers in the borough of Queens.

For more information about the services we provide, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Workers’ Compensation Attorneys—Queens, New York

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