Paul Giannetti Attorney at Law

May 2012

Under the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board’s Medical Treatment Guidelines a physician must file form C-4AUTH if a recommended surgical procedure is not consistent with the Board’s Medical Treatment Guidelines. In the vast majority of cases, form C-4AUTH is denied by the insurance carrier. However, many times the carrier has not properly filed their […]

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For New York State Workers’ Compensation claimants this piece of pending legislation would help those compensation claimants who have already been approved for Social Security Disability benefits. The pending bill would require the Workers’ Compensation Board to find that a worker who has been approved for Social Security Disability benefits is therefore totally disabled under […]

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Maximum Medical Impairment In Form C-4.3

May 5, 2012

Form C-4.3, created by the Workers’ Compensation Board in January 2012, represents somewhat drastic changes in the way that physicians document permanent impairments in New York State Workers’ Compensation claims. The new form has been modified to accommodate the 2012 permanency guidelines. In classifiable cases the physician must document whether or not maximum medical improvement […]

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Special Damages In Your Personal Injury Action

May 4, 2012

Many people have heard the term “special damages” or “specials” as it pertains to an injury lawsuit. Special damages are usually medical bills for treatment, lost wages, or out of pocket expenses that can be accurately calculated. Special damages differ from general damages for that very reason; an exact number can be calculated from the […]

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Menands, New York Workers’ Compensation Hearing

May 3, 2012

If you have received a notice to attend a Workers’ Compensation hearing in New York State it is important to take action. There are many reasons that the Workers’ Compensation Board has scheduled a hearing. They can involve suspension of benefits, permanency awards, or disputes regarding your medical care. If you are not sure why […]

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Have Your Received Letters From The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board?

May 2, 2012

If you have correspondence from the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board regarding your case it should not be disregarded. The Workers’ Compensation Board has made it a policy to handle many matters by mail, without hearings. Do not assume that it is not important because they have not asked you to go to a […]

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Retiring Because Of A Disability

May 1, 2012

If you are disabled due to a New York State Workers’ Compensation injury and are forced to retire you should be sure to document that reason in your retirement papers to specifically indicate that you are taking your retirement because of the work related injury. It is even more helpful if you can secure a […]

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Lumbar Fusion In New York State Workers’ Compensation Cases

May 1, 2012

Before the implementation of the Medical Treatment Guidelines, patients in New York State Workers’ Compensation cases were often afforded lumbar fusion surgery. However, since the Guidelines became effective, it is much more difficult to get lumbar fusion surgery approved. Under A.14 a lumbar fusion is listed as one of the specific medical procedures requiring pre-authorization. […]

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