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Workers' Compensation

New York: Injured Worker Need Not Always Show Attachment to Labor Market

Stressing that a New York claimant’s obligation to demonstrate attachment to the labor market was predicated upon a finding of PPD, a state appellate court held it was inappropriate for a WCLJ to require a showing of labor market attachment where the judge made no finding as to permanency. The court also noted that while there was a conflict in the medical evidence on the issue of permanent injury, nothing in the record indicated the judge had actually weighed the evidence and made a determination as to the nature and degree of claimant’s permanent disability. Absent such a finding, the issue of attachment to the labor market was premature.

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter, is co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law (LexisNexis).

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See Matter of Bowers v. New York City Tr. Auth., 2019 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 8801 (3d Dept. Dec. 5, 2019)

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 84.01.

Source: Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the nation’s leading authority on workers’ compensation law

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