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Myths and Misconceptions About Workers' Compensation Debunked

Myths and Misconceptions About Workers' Compensation Debunked

Published June 11, 2024 72 Views

Workers' compensation is a critical system designed to protect employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. Despite its importance, many myths and misconceptions surround the process, leading to confusion and hesitation among workers. Zea Proukou is here to debunk some of the most common...

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The Role of Medical Evidence in Social Security Disability Claims

The Role of Medical Evidence in Social Security Disability Claims

Published May 6, 2024 193 Views

Medical evidence plays a critical role in Social Security Disability (SSD) claims, serving as the foundation for determining eligibility. Without concrete medical documentation, proving the severity and impact of a disability can be challenging. Here's how medical evidence influences the outcome of...

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Workers' Compensation Hearings in a Controverted Claim

Workers' Compensation Hearings in a Controverted Claim

Published April 10, 2024 315 Views

When a work injury occurs and a Workers’ Compensation claim is filed, the insurance company must file a form in response either accepting or controverting (denying or contesting) the claim. These controverted claims can be for a variety of reasons; the injury did not arise out of or in the course of...

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Navigating Workers' Compensation Claims in the Finger Lakes Region with Zea Proukou

Navigating Workers' Compensation Claims in the Finger Lakes Region with Zea Proukou

Published March 13, 2024 265 Views

In the vast Finger Lakes region of New York State, workers from all industries face the potential for workplace injuries that can disrupt their lives and livelihoods. Understanding and navigating the difficulties of Workers' Compensation claims is an intimidating task for many. That's where Zea Prou...

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How to Effectively Appeal a Denied Social Security Disability Claim with Zea Proukou

How to Effectively Appeal a Denied Social Security Disability Claim with Zea Proukou

Published February 6, 2024 280 Views

Receiving a denial on your application for a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim can be disheartening, but it's not the end of the road. At Zea Proukou, we understand the complexities of the SSD system and are here to guide you through the appeal process. Here’s how to effectively appeal a denied...

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Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your Social Security Disability Application

Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your Social Security Disability Application

Published January 22, 2024 302 Views

Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a complex and overwhelming process. At Zea Proukou, we have seen many individuals make unintentional errors that can significantly impact the outcome of their applications. We will highlight some common mistakes to avoid, ensuring that yo...

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How We Stay Updated on Workers’ Comp Laws and Practices

How We Stay Updated on Workers’ Comp Laws and Practices

Published December 8, 2023 337 Views

In the ever-evolving field of Workers' Compensation in New York State (NYS), attorneys specializing in this area must stay up to date on the latest laws and practices. Here's how they do it: 1. Continuing Legal Education (CLE): NYS mandates ongoing legal education for practicing attorn...

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How Zea Proukou PLLC Can Help You File a Workers' Compensation Claim

How Zea Proukou PLLC Can Help You File a Workers' Compensation Claim

Published November 21, 2023 342 Views

Navigating the complexities of a Workers' Compensation claim can be challenging, and this is where the assistance of an attorney becomes invaluable. Knowledgeable Guidance from the Start From the moment an injury occurs, our team at Zea Proukou is ready to guide you. We emphasize the i...

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Who is Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?

Who is Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?

Published October 20, 2023 407 Views

Workers’ compensation helps financially cover employees who are injured or become ill on the job. While the exact eligibility requirements can vary, some core requirements apply across the board. In this post, we will outline who is eligible for workers’ compensation so you’ll know if you qualify. ...

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New York State Workers’ Compensation Minimum to Increase Significantly Over the Next 3 Years

New York State Workers’ Compensation Minimum to Increase Significantly Over the Next 3 Years

Published September 27, 2023 384 Views

Over the last decade, the New York State weekly Workers’ Compensation minimum has remained stagnant. To quantify, it’s been a minimum of $150.00 per week since May 1, 2013. While the maximum per week rate has increased annually since 2008, the same cannot be said about the minimum per week rate, as...

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Why Should I Hire an Attorney When Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Why Should I Hire an Attorney When Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Published August 1, 2023 408 Views

If you’ve found yourself in the position of needing to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, we know just how stressful the process can be. In most cases, you may be suffering not only from medical symptoms, but facing financial pressures, as well. You’ve probably heard scary tales about th...

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How Do I Report a Work Injury?

How Do I Report a Work Injury?

Published July 5, 2023 440 Views

If you've been injured on the job, reporting a workplace injury is critical in protecting any financial or legal compensation that you may be entitled to receive as part of the injury. The reporting process can include filing papers with your employer and possible government agencies, and consulting...

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I’m a Stay-at-Home Parent. Am I Eligible for SSD or SSI?

I’m a Stay-at-Home Parent. Am I Eligible for SSD or SSI?

Published June 12, 2023 461 Views

Historically, stay-at-home parents have encountered difficulty when applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). With strict eligibility requirements in place, more than two-thirds of initial applications are denied. That said, there are certain situations wh...

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Concurrent Employment: When You Have More Than One Job

Concurrent Employment: When You Have More Than One Job

Published May 12, 2023 599 Views

The workers' compensation system provides two kinds of benefits: lost wages ("indemnity benefits") and coverage for medical bills. If you lose more than one week of work because of your work-related injury or illness you are entitled to be paid for the time you are out. In order to determine the amo...

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I’m Out of Work Due to a Workplace Injury. What Happens to My Job While I’m Away?

I’m Out of Work Due to a Workplace Injury. What Happens to My Job While I’m Away?

Published April 12, 2023 627 Views

While there are laws that may protect your rights and your employment if you’re injured while working, navigating those laws can be confusing and challenging, especially when you’re dealing with worries about your job, health, and finances. One of the most important decisions you can make is to prot...

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What is an SLU and How is it Calculated?

What is an SLU and How is it Calculated?

Published February 3, 2023 721 Views

A schedule loss of use award, or “SLU” as it is often referred to as, is an award paid to injured workers who have been determined to have a permanent loss of function to an extremity; this includes injuries to the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, fingers, hip, knee, foot, ankle, toes, eyes for vision...

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What to Know About the Workers' Compensation Settlement Process

What to Know About the Workers' Compensation Settlement Process

Published January 4, 2023 594 Views

If you’ve been hurt at work the workers’ compensation system is designed to provide benefits that cover the cost of medical expenses and lost wages. Workers’ compensation payments, which are dispensed through your employer’s insurance company, are paid in the form of bi-weekly checks based on your a...

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What to Expect After a Workers’ Compensation Claim is Filed

What to Expect After a Workers’ Compensation Claim is Filed

Published December 5, 2022 647 Views

You went to a doctor to begin documentation of a workplace injury or condition and reported it to your supervisor within 30 days of the occurrence. You successfully filed a C-3 Form with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board online, by mail, or over the phone. Perhaps you have sought profes...

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Four Important Steps to Follow When Filing for Workers' Compensation

Four Important Steps to Follow When Filing for Workers' Compensation

Published November 1, 2022 788 Views

Workplace injuries lead to stress and anxiety as employees worry about loss of income and job security. Luckily, the NY Workers’ Compensation Law is designed to help injured workers in situations just like these. However, understanding the Workers’ Comp process can be challenging. To help ease some...

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What is the First Thing to Do After a Workplace Injury?

What is the First Thing to Do After a Workplace Injury?

Published October 3, 2022 886 Views

No matter how many safety measures are in place and how cautious employees are, workplace injuries still occur each day. In New York State, the Workers’ Compensation Law exists to help those who have been injured on the job with medical bills and lost wages. However, filing for Workers’ Comp can see...

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How to Prepare for SSD and SSI Applications

How to Prepare for SSD and SSI Applications

Published September 1, 2022 881 Views

More often than not, making the decision to apply for SSD or SSI is a big step and isn’t always easy. However, if your health conditions and/or limitations are hindering your ability to perform normal life activities and your doctor confirms your disability, you have the option of applying for benef...

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How Workers’ Compensation is Calculated in New York State

How Workers’ Compensation is Calculated in New York State

Published April 27, 2022 3619 Views

If you were injured on the job, you may be able to recover compensation to cover your lost wages by filing a workers’ compensation claim. Most people in this situation want to know “just how much money can I expect to receive?” This article explains how most workers’ comp benefits are calculated in...

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How Do You Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

How Do You Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Published March 30, 2022 1351 Views

We can help you through the entire process, from start to finish When you can't work because of an illness or injury, it's hard to know where to turn for help. Social Security Disability benefits provide some relief, but the application process can be confusing. This article walks you through...

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Experienced Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Attorneys Based In Rochester and the Finger Lakes

Experienced Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Attorneys Based In Rochester and the Finger Lakes

Published March 29, 2022 1066 Views

Successfully representing clients in Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, and Supplemental Security Income cases When you're injured on the job, it's important to know your rights and options. An experienced attorney can help guide you through the process and protect your interests....

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What You Should Do if You Have a Partial Disability

What You Should Do if You Have a Partial Disability

Published March 8, 2022 3768 Views

What should you do if you have a partial disability? And what does it mean to have a partial disability? If you're dealing with a partial disability and work restrictions, here are some tips from experienced attorneys to help you. But first, you’ll need a clear understanding of what a partial di...

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Proposed changes to the Workers’ Comp Law – Make Your Voice Heard!

Proposed changes to the Workers’ Comp Law – Make Your Voice Heard!

Published September 27, 2019 1125 Views

Reopening of Cases In most Workers’ Compensation claims that are not settled by way of Section 32 agreements which close out medical treatment, even though your case may have been marked “no further action” by the Board and it goes dormant for some time, you still have the right to reopen you...

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Social Security Disability Vs. Social Security Retirement

Published August 9, 2019 1204 Views

I’m receiving Social Security Disability – can I still collect Social Security Retirement? You are younger than 65 and are currently receiving Social Security Disability benefits; you are probably wondering if and when you can collect Social Security Retirement. Rest assured, when you are rece...

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How Do They Decide How Much I Am Paid While Out on Workers’ Comp?

Published May 3, 2019 1025 Views

You have a work injury that takes you out of work. In most instances, you will not receive your regular wages from your employer while you are not working – you will receive Workers’ Compensation payments from the insurance carrier. But those payments are not as much as you receive in your paychecks...

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When Your Injury Might Not Be Covered by Workers’ Comp

When Your Injury Might Not Be Covered by Workers’ Comp

Published February 18, 2019 1563 Views

As a general rule, if you are injured on the job in New York, you will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, there are exceptions to the rule. Also, the definition of “on the job” can be a grey area that excludes certain injuries, to the surprise of the injured worker. Injuri...

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Workers Comp or Personal Injury?

Published February 7, 2019 1038 Views

Should I File a Workers’ Comp Claim or a Personal Injury Lawsuit? You probably know by now that if you get hurt at work, you are most likely eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits, which cover the cost of your medical treatment and your lost wages for missed work. You might be wonderi...

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