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Workers Comp Troubles Making You Sick? New York Personal Injury Lawyers Might Just Have the Cure
Date:4/7/2009

orneys are not only intimately familiar with New York State's Workers' Compensation Board guidelines, but they also understand the medical issues associated with these cases and know how to explain an injured worker's real disability to the judges and medical examiners who work for the Board and preside over workers' compensation claims in New York State.

"Many personal injury lawyers," he explained, "are well versed in medicine, particularly trauma. We bring in medical witnesses to support our client's case and use our medical knowledge to cross-examine the employer's, or their insurance company's, witnesses. We often expose their witnesses for what they are: insurance company doctors who know how to testify to help the company that butters their bread.

"Plus," he added, "trial lawyers know how to handle personal injury cases. We have more experience when it comes to challenging a doctor's testimony."

Rebuffing statements made by Board examiners that the majority of workers lie about their conditions and take advantage of the system, Perecman said that Board doctors are grossly exaggerating the situation. Based on the hundreds of clients The Perecman Firm has represented, very few have tried to game the system.

"When my clients come to me they are injured and can't work," Perecman said. "Pain is subjective. But when a sanitation worker injures their meniscus and their knee hurts so much they can't lift anything heavy, they need arthroscopic surgery to correct the problem, or they can't go back to work."

Perecman said that workers' compensation is also difficult to manage without legal counsel because certain City of New York workers, such as firefighters, sanitation workers, teachers, police officers and others are covered by union carve out programs.        

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