- Time limits for giving the employer notice of an injury and for filing a claim;
- Claimants are required to treat with doctors who are authorized by the Workers’ Compensation Board, and they have to see those doctors at regular intervals.
- New limitations on treatment by Doctors of Chiropractic and Physical Therapists.
- Injured workers may be required to testify at the Board about their injury and to cross examine witnesses brought in by the employer or insurance company, including insurance company doctors, called “Independent Medical Examiners”
- Requirements to show an “attachment to the labor market” during periods of less than total disability. This “attachment” can be shown by involvement in vocational rehabilitation, including going back to school, or by a qualified work search within the restrictions placed by the physicians.
- Recent changes to the method in which permanent injuries are determined, including limitations on lost wage benefits for permanently partially disabled workers, called “caps.”
It is important that injured workers have a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to help guide them through this system. Mr. Schnurr is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced in Western New York.
There is no fee for consulting with Mr. Schnurr. He will only charge a fee when he has been successful in getting awards of compensation for his clients.