Pyrros Serres by cjleclaire
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Be Careful—You Could Be on Candid Camera!!
by cjleclaire
Sep 14, 2017 | 2210 views | 0 0 comments | 219 219 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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

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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

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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?
by cjleclaire
Sep 12, 2017 | 2461 views | 0 0 comments | 233 233 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.

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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 | 4132 views | 0 0 comments | 286 286 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?

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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.

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Queens | NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

 

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The Endless Attractions in Queens
by cjleclaire
Aug 31, 2017 | 4049 views | 0 0 comments | 286 286 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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Helping You Better Understand Your Rights When You Have Been Injured on the Job
by cjleclaire
Aug 28, 2017 | 4892 views | 0 0 comments | 291 291 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

When you have been hurt at work, you have a right to seek workers’ compensation benefits, designed to cover lost wages, as well as any medical expenses resulting from the injury. But the workers’ compensation laws can be confusing and complex. You may not know your rights or where you start to get the benefits you need. Here are some frequently asked questions about the New York workers’ compensation laws, so that you can take the right steps to protect your interests.

Q: Will I have a right to see my own doctor?

A: Yes, you can seek treatment from your own doctor, but you will most likely be required to submit to a medical examination from a doctor chosen by your employer or the workers’ compensation insurance provider. If you disagree with that doctor’s assessment, you can always get a second opinion from a doctor of your choosing.

Q: Can my doctor prescribe any type of treatment?

A: No. There are specific guidelines governing the type of treatment your doctor can provide, as well as any tests or procedures you may undergo. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t have specialized tests or treatment. However, if the procedure or treatment is not permitted under the general guidelines, your doctor will have to prepare and submit appropriate forms to obtain approval of the treatment. If the treatment is not approved, workers’ compensation benefits will not pay for it.

Q: Is there always a hearing with the Workers’ Compensation Board?

A: No. If your claim is approved and there are no disputes regarding the amount of benefits and the length of time you’ll receive benefits, there’s no need for a hearing. However, if your employer opts to challenge your claim, whether there’s a disagreement about how you were hurt, the extent of your injury, or what your benefits should be, the Board will schedule a hearing.

Q: Can I handle the hearing without a lawyer?

A: You can, but it would not be a good decision. Your employer and/or the workers’ compensation insurance company will most likely have counsel present. The workers’ compensation laws can be complex, and the judge simply won’t have time to help you understand all the intricacies of the law.

Q: Can I file a workers’ compensation claim if I have had a similar injury in the past?

A: As a general rule, you can always file a workers’ compensation claim, even if you’ve recovered benefits for a similar injury in the past. If you were deemed fully recovered from the prior accident, the new accident will likely be considered entirely independent of the prior accident and will have no bearing on your new claim. If, however, you were still receiving treatment for the old injury, your new claim may be reduced in part or in whole because of the prior accident.

Proven Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Queens, New York

At Pyrros & Serres, we bring more than 50 years of combined workers’ compensation experience to injured workers throughout the borough of Queens and New York City metropolitan area. We built our successful practice on a commitment to personal service and attention. As a result, many of our new cases come to us as referrals from our colleagues in the legal profession or from other clients.

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

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

 

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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What Losses Does a Workers’ Compensation Cover?
by cjleclaire
Aug 28, 2017 | 4492 views | 0 0 comments | 275 275 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

by Pyrros & Serres LLP

When you have been injured at work, your injuries can extend beyond the obvious ones. What happens if you slip and fall, breaking a bone, but also shattering your glasses or a tooth? What if your injury leaves a permanent scar? What types of losses does a workers’ compensation claim cover?

As a general rule, workers’ compensation benefits are available for any type of loss caused by your accident (including broken glasses, teeth or nose, or permanent scarring). The most important component in recovering compensation for these losses, though, is the appropriate medical do documentation. You must have records from a doctor that specifically tie your loss to a work-related injury.

Furthermore, it’s important that the doctor you see have the necessary skills to diagnose your condition. For example, if you want to make a claim for a chipped or broken tooth, you need to see a dentist or dental specialist. You want the doctor to identify both the injury and the necessary treatment, including cost. Keep all your bills and receipts for any expenses tied to your injury or treatment thereof. If you broke your glasses in a work accident and had to buy new ones, keep all records retaining to the purchase.

What Losses Does a Workers’ Compensation Claim Cover?

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

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Some Thing You May Not Have Known about Queens
by cjleclaire
Aug 16, 2017 | 7000 views | 0 0 comments | 430 430 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Queens—it’s the largest of the five boroughs of New York in terms of sheer geographical expanse, and, with nearly 2.5 million residents, it would be the 4th largest city in the nation if the five boroughs were separate cities (behind Los Angeles, Chicago and neighboring borough Brooklyn, in case you’re wondering). It’s among the most ethnically diverse communities in the world, with nearly half (48%) of all residents foreign-born. Here are some frequently asked questions about this amazing borough.

Q: Why is it called “Queens”?

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: This is actually a bit of a trick question, as Queens boasts one of the most diversified economies in the country, if not the world. It’s home to Citi Field and the New York Mets, but also hosts the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. The world-famous Aqueduct Racetrack is here, as well as both JFK International and LaGuardia airports. More than one in four jobs in Queens is in some export-oriented business, but the borough also has thriving health care, retail, construction, manufacturing, transportation and film and television industries.

Q: How many languages are spoken in Queens?

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

At Pyrros & Serres, we bring more than 50 years of combined workers’ compensation experience to injured workers throughout the borough of Queens and New York City metropolitan area. We built our successful practice on a commitment to personal service and attention. As a result, many of our new cases come to us as referrals from our colleagues in the legal profession or from other clients.

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

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

 

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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What Losses Does a Workers’ Compensation Cover?
by cjleclaire
Jul 26, 2017 | 7029 views | 0 0 comments | 473 473 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

What Losses Does a Workers’ Compensation Cover?

When you have been injured at work, your injuries can extend beyond the obvious ones. What happens if you slip and fall, breaking a bone, but also shattering your glasses or a tooth? What if your injury leaves a permanent scar? What types of losses does a workers’ compensation claim cover?

As a general rule, workers’ compensation benefits are available for any type of loss caused by your accident (including broken glasses, teeth or nose, or permanent scarring). The most important component in recovering compensation for these losses, though, is the appropriate medical do documentation. You must have records from a doctor that specifically tie your loss to a work-related injury.

Furthermore, it’s important that the doctor you see have the necessary skills to diagnose your condition. For example, if you want to make a claim for a chipped or broken tooth, you need to see a dentist or dental specialist. You want the doctor to identify both the injury and the necessary treatment, including cost. Keep all your bills and receipts for any expenses tied to your injury or treatment thereof. If you broke your glasses in a work accident and had to buy new ones, keep all records retaining to the purchase.

What Losses Does a Workers’ Compensation Claim Cover?

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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What Is a Consequential Injury in a Workers’ Compensation Case?
by cjleclaire
Jul 12, 2017 | 8235 views | 0 0 comments | 409 409 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
by Pyrros & Serres LLP | Jun 29, 2017

Understanding Consequential Injuries in Workers’ Compensation Cases

New York City | Queens | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

In the aftermath of a work-related injury, it’s pretty common to focus on the most obvious injuries you’ve suffered. Maybe you slipped and fell, breaking a bone or tearing a ligament. But those types of injuries can have other consequences. For example, an injury to one knee can cause you to overcompensate with your other leg, leading to problems with your other leg, or even misalignment in your spine, with attendant back or neck problems. These types of injuries are known as “consequential” injuries and you have a right to recover workers’ compensation benefits if they make it difficult or impossible for you to work.

Technically speaking, a consequential injury is any new condition or injury that comes about because of another injury. It’s extremely common, with just about any type of injury, that you’ll make adjustments to compensate for the injury, and can put strain on other limbs or body parts. The important thing—report any discomfort you experience to your treating physician, not just pain or discomfort in the area of the injury. Your body works as a unit, and trauma to one part of the body often affects other parts. In a workers’ compensation case, if you can show that you didn’t experience the new injury until you suffered the work injury, you will likely be able to include the consequential injury as part of your workers’ compensation claim.

The Fees You Pay in a New York Workers’ Compensation Claim

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

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Understanding the Workers’ Compensation Medical Guidelines in New York
by cjleclaire
Jun 12, 2017 | 14743 views | 0 0 comments | 302 302 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

by Pyrros & Serres LLPWorkers Compensation Attorneys, Workers Compensation Guidelines

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How the Workers’ Compensation Medical Guidelines Can Affect You

When you’ve sustained a work-related injury and qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, you’ll be entitled to whatever treatment you need to ensure maximum recovery, right? Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as going to your doctor and going through whatever treatment the doctor prescribes. Though workers’ compensation benefits entitle you to coverage for certain types of medical care, you can’t expect reimbursement or payment of any medical treatment your doctor may prescribe. Instead, your treatment must fall within the guidelines established by the New York Workers’ Compensation Board, or your doctor must follow specific procedures to obtain approval of treatment that’s not within the guidelines.

The guidelines set forth both the type and degree of care that a doctor can provide to a patient who has a workers’ compensation-related injury. If your physician wants to prescribe treatment or procedures that are beyond the scope of the guidelines, there’s a specific process, with dedicated forms, that the doctor must follow and complete to obtain authorization for the treatment. It’s extremely important that your treating physician understand the process and follow the guidelines, or you may not be able to get the treatment you need to fully recover from your injuries and, hopefully, be able to return to work.

Unless your doctor has considerable experience working with patients who have suffered work-related injuries, there’s a good chance that they will be unfamiliar with the steps that need to be taken to obtain approval of treatment not included in the guidelines. That’s why it can be critical to be represented by an experienced and knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer. We can help.

The New York Workers’ Compensation Medical Guidelines

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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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