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Month: February 2016

New York State Employee Sentenced for Workers Compensation Fraud

A former employee of the New York Department of Transportation has been put on probation for three years for fraudulently collecting almost $10,000 in benefits over a period of eight months. State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the penalty imposed on Corey Cragnolin by Rochester City Court judge Caroline Morrison. Cragnolin was also ordered to repay $9,940.49 and prohibited from collecting any additional benefits related to the injury that led to his initial claim.

Under New York’s workers’ compensation system, anyone seeking or collecting benefits must disclose any other employment or income. According to documents filed with the court, Cragnolin received benefits from September, 2013 until May, 2014, based on injuries he allegedly sustained as while working for the Department of Transportation. Cragnolin had claimed that he was totally disabled because of that injury, and received benefits for a temporary total disability.

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Workers’ Compensation Issues to Watch in 2016

With the looming national elections in November, workers’ compensation industry insiders expect increased scrutiny on state programs, including revisions of employee health and claims models. A number of key issues were spotlighted at a webinar held on January 11 by Safety National, one of the leading providers of workers’ compensation insurance nationwide.

According to Mark Walls, the elections promise to have an impact on workers’ compensation insurance providers, as eleven states currently elect insurance commissioners, who can have a direct impact on how premiums are determined. Experts also say that, although tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act have been extended to 2020, there’s a significant likelihood that a new president, Republican or Democrat, will make changes in health care reform.

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What to Do When You Have Been Hurt at Work

Under the laws of New York, if you have been hurt on the job, you have a right to seek benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation system. The program is what has been commonly referred to as the “grand bargain.” Essentially, this means that workers and employers should both benefit from the system—workers can have quicker access to needed benefits, without the need to go to court; and employers can avoid the often exorbitant awards juries hand out.

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How to Avoid Winter Injuries at Work

Winter weather, with snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain, generally increases the risk of injury for workers, especially those who spend most or all of their time outside. There are steps you can take to minimize the risk of workplace injury in wintry weather.

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