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Military Sexual Trauma Bill Leads to Expanded Benefits for Servicemembers

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Many people join the Army, Navy, Coast Guard or other branch of the military because they are lured by benefits such as paid college, health benefits, pensions and home loan programs, among other things. However, military life is not easy. It’s a rough life protecting the United States from threats of other countries. Veterans… Read More »

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Workers’ Compensation Discontinued for Man Seen Lifting Religious Pamphlets

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

When a person is injured on the job, some expect to receive compensation for a long time—or even the rest of their lives. This is rarely the case. Most injuries do not warrant long-term benefits. So when a person is seemingly disabled for an unreasonable amount of time, state workers’ compensation boards tend to… Read More »

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Tightened Eligibility Requirements for Social Security Disability Benefits

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Changes are on the way for recipients of Social Security disability benefits, as well as those who are disabled and considering applying for these benefits. President Donald Trump is looking for ways to lower federal spending, and cutting disability benefits is one of these ways. Currently, more than 8.5 million Americans receive Social Security… Read More »

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Changes to Workers’ Compensation Laws in New York

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

A new year means new laws, particularly workers’ compensation laws in New York. This is great news for those who have been injured while on the job. On January 8, lawmakers passed numerous bills that will change workers’ compensation laws in the state. These laws expand eligibility, treatment and benefits for certain medical conditions…. Read More »

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Social Security Disability Benefits Cuts for Thousands

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Many people are unable to work and rely on their Social Security Disability benefits to pay the bills. These monthly payments are a godsend to those who are disabled and need income. However, some changes are coming that may threaten these much-needed benefits. President Donald Trump is making changes to the program. As a… Read More »

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Veterans to Receive Benefits for Conditions Relating to Agent Orange

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Hundreds of thousands of veterans have fought in wars to defend America’s freedom, only to be denied the benefits they were promised. In particular, many suffered serious medical conditions due to a chemical called Agent Orange while fighting in the Vietnam War. Used to eradicate vegetation, Agent Orange has caused many veterans to suffer… Read More »

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High School Basketball Coach Convicted of Workers’ Compensation Fraud

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Workplace accidents happen all the time. A person could slip and fall. An employee may get hit by machinery. A construction worker might fall off a roof. When a person is injured while on the job, they can receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits are available to the worker, regardless of fault. While liability… Read More »

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New York Town to Pay Workers’ Comp for Medical Marijuana Treatment

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Many people are rejoicing now that marijuana, for recreational or medical use, is legal in most states. In New York, the drug is legal for medicinal purposes. As such, doctors are lenient in prescribing it for a variety of conditions, such as pain, anxiety and seizures. However, prescribing medical marijuana in workers’ compensation cases… Read More »

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Study Shows Injured Workers in New York Receiving Benefits Faster

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

If you have been injured in a workplace injury in New York, a study shows that there has been some positive trends when it comes to workers’ compensation benefits. The standout statistic is that most workers are receiving their first claim payment within three weeks of their injury. The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute recently… Read More »

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Be Wary of Veterans Benefits Scams

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Many men and women have fought for our country. Once they leave the military, they face another fight—earning enough money to survive. Desperate times call for desperate measures, which leads some veterans to trade benefits they will receive at some point in the future and receive compensation for them now. These schemes, which are… Read More »

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