Category Archives: I’m MAD

Claimant’s conviction of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine does not amount to a violation under WCL 114-a.

In Stone v. Saulsbury/Federal Signal, the carrier argued that upon the claimant’s release from prison following conviction of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine that the claimant violated WCL §114 – a by failing to report his illegal work activities. The judge found insufficient evidence to establish that the claimant performed any work or made any false… Read More

Amendments to 2017 not retroactive if PPD claimant was not attached to labor market

Amendments to law in 2017, which relieved a PPD claimant from demonstrating LMA  after classification are retroactive if the employee is found attached at the time permanency is established, applies retroactively to a claimant classified with a PPD prior to the amendment if the claimant involuntarily withdrew from the labor market (i.e. – retired due… Read More

Review of Workers Compensation Board Schedule Loss of Use Frequently Asked Questions and New Permanency Forms

The New York State Workers Compensation Board issued updated Workers Compensation Guidelines for Determining Impairment on November 22, 2017. The Board also issued Schedule Loss of Use Frequently Asked Questions on 10/04/18 which can be found on the NYS Workers Compensation Board Website. The 2018 Impairment Guidelines are to be used regardless of the date… Read More

Schedule Loss of Use Awards – Grrrrrrrrr

I am so tired of seeing claimants get schedule loss of use awards. They do not represent lost time. They are windfalls. I am in the process of drafting a stipulation for a woman who is going to get $15,000 when she had no lost time from work. It’s a gift to her. I will… Read More