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New York State Injured Workers Speak Out about a Failing NYS Workers’ Compensation System


This report from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH) includes seven case studies from people in New York describing how they were injured on the job and the obstacles they have experienced getting diagnostic and medical treatment and compensation. Several of the cases are followed by comments from treating physicians and claimants’ attorneys. These cases illustrate that the New York State workers’ compensation system is fraught with systemic problems that are impeding the ability of injured workers to recover from their injuries and return to work, and illustrate the hardship and financial ruin that is often bestowed upon New York's seriously injured workers and their families. The report includes a set of policy recommendations that the State of New York could implement to fix its workers' compensation system and ensure that it delivers the medical care and replacement wages that injured workers need.

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