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What is the labor market attachment with workers' compensation?

When a New Yorker suffers workplace injuries and is approved for workers' compensation benefits, it will cover their medical expenses, lost wages and help them as they seek to improve sufficiently to get back to work. However, since injuries and their severity can vary in many ways, so too does the amount of time the worker is expected to be out. Along with that, the workers' compensation benefits can be limited in the amount of time for which they can be received.

For workers who are getting lost-wage benefits and they are classified as partially disabled, there is the requirement that they show "labor market attachment." Understanding what this is will be key to workers' compensation claims. When a worker shows that there was a reasonable attempt to secure gainful employment that falls into his or her medical restrictions, it will be considered being attached to the labor market. When the claimant does not make a reasonable effort to get work under this requirement, it could be decided that there was a withdrawal from the labor market.

With the labor market attachment, the employer or the insurer has the right to ask the claimant what efforts are being taken to remain attached. The claimant must show the Workers' Compensation Board that there were reasonable and adequate efforts to get work. There are forms to record the job search. If there is an independent search, there is a different form that must be provided. The Board will then decide if the worker is making a good faith effort to get back into the labor market within the scope of what can be done with the injuries that warranted the workers' compensation benefits. Other factors within the labor market attachment will be discussed in a later post.

Since workers' compensation is so integral a part of a worker's life after an injury, it is crucial to know the various rules and requirements that will impact a case. For some workers, there can be a disagreement as to their level of injury and the amount of work they are capable of, if any. Along with that could be a problem with the labor market attachment requirement. A law firm that has experience in all areas of workers' compensation benefits can be of assistance with this or any other factor related to the case.

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