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Understanding the Benefits of Workers’ Compensation for Work-Related Injuries

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Work-related injuries can have a significant impact on individuals, both physically and financially. Whether it’s a slip and fall accident, repetitive strain injury, or a more severe incident, employees deserve compensation for injuries sustained on the job. Understanding the benefits available through workers’ compensation can help injured workers navigate the process and receive the support they need.

At Losi & Gangi, we are committed to advocating for injured workers and helping them secure the compensation they deserve. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits that claimants can expect to receive following a work-related injury.

  • Medical Treatment Coverage: One of the primary benefits of workers’ compensation is coverage for medical treatment related to the injury. This includes doctor’s visits, hospital stays, surgeries, prescription medications, physical therapy, and other necessary medical expenses. Injured workers can receive the care they need without worrying about the financial burden.
  • Lost Wages Compensation: In addition to medical treatment, workers’ compensation provides compensation for lost wages during the recovery period. If the injury prevents the employee from working temporarily or permanently, they may be eligible to receive a portion of their wages to help cover living expenses and support their families.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services: For workers who are unable to return to their previous job due to the injury, workers’ compensation may cover vocational rehabilitation services. These services help injured employees acquire new skills or training to transition into a different role or industry that accommodates their physical limitations.
  • Permanent Disability Benefits: In cases where the injury results in permanent impairment or disability, workers’ compensation provides benefits to compensate for the loss of earning capacity. The amount of compensation depends on the extent of the disability and its impact on the individual’s ability to work and earn a living.
  • Death Benefits: Tragically, some work-related injuries result in fatalities. In such cases, workers’ compensation provides death benefits to the surviving dependents of the deceased worker. These benefits may include compensation for funeral expenses and ongoing financial support for the deceased employee’s spouse, children, or other dependents.
  • Legal Assistance and Advocacy: Navigating the workers’ compensation process can be complex, especially when dealing with insurance companies and legal requirements. Working with an experienced attorney, such as those at Losi & Gangi, can help injured workers understand their rights, gather necessary documentation, and navigate the appeals process if their claim is denied.

Workers’ compensation provides crucial benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries. From medical treatment coverage to lost wages compensation and vocational rehabilitation services, injured workers can receive the support they need to recover and move forward with their lives. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, don’t hesitate to seek legal guidance and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Contact Losi & Gangi today for a complimentary consultation to discuss your workers’ compensation case and take the first step towards securing the benefits you are entitled to. Our dedicated team is here to advocate for your rights and help you obtain the compensation and justice you deserve.

Returning to Work After a Workplace Injury: Your Rights and Options

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Understanding your rights and available choices is vital when resuming work after a workplace injury. Rushing your recovery process can lead to potential re-injury. In this blog post, we will explore essential considerations when returning to work following a workplace injury.

Keep Your Employer Updated: It’s essential to maintain open communication with your employer throughout the recovery process. This includes sharing information about your progress, attending medical appointments, and providing updates on your condition. Keeping your employer informed allows them to make necessary accommodations when you do return to work.

Do Not Return Until Your Doctor Clears You: Returning to work prematurely, before your doctor has declared you fit to do so, can pose serious risks. It may lead to a re-injury or prolonged recovery. Always follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations and wait for their clearance to ensure a safe and successful return to work.

Ask for Accommodations: If your workplace injury has resulted in permanent or long-term limitations, it’s essential to request reasonable accommodations. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to provide accommodations to employees with disabilities, including those arising from workplace injuries. Discuss potential accommodations with your employer to help you perform your job effectively.

Return-to-Work Programs: Many employers have established return-to-work (RTW) or stay-at-work (SAW) programs to support injured employees during their transition back to the workplace. These programs are designed to facilitate a smooth and safe return. Contact your Human Resources department to learn more about the specific RTW or SAW policies and programs available at your workplace. 

If you’ve experienced a workplace injury and are concerned about your rights during the return-to-work process, it’s crucial to seek legal guidance and support. Losi & Gangi is here to help. We are committed to ensuring that you receive the compensation and accommodations you are entitled to.

For a free consultation and to learn more about your rights, please contact Losi & Gangi at 716-854-01446. Our experienced team is ready to assist you in navigating the complexities of workers’ compensation and advocating for your best interests. Your well-being and legal rights matter to us, and we’re here to guide you through the process.

Source: https://www.wcb.ny.gov/returntowork/injured-worker.jsp

Patrick J. Brown Honored by United States District Court, Western District of New York

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Buffalo, New York – Patrick J. Brown, an attorney with Buffalo-based workers compensation and personal injury law firm Losi & Gangi Attorneys, has been honored by the United States District Court, Western District of New York. Brown received the 2022 Criminal Justice Act Award at the 2022 Western District of New York Federal Court Dinner held on September 14th.

The Criminal Justice Act (CJA) was enacted in 1964, establishing a comprehensive system for appointing and compensating legal representation for accused persons who are financially unable to retain counsel in federal criminal proceedings. The CJA Award recognizes an attorney who epitomize the principles of the Sixth Amendment through their commitment to justice and promotion of the ideal that every person accused of a crime is guaranteed the right to representation by counsel.

Mr. Brown received the CJA award for his work in this area. Brown has been practicing law since the date of his admission to the bar in 1977. A litigator who limits his practice to the area of serious personal injury, white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation, he was admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and all of the trial courts in New York State. He has litigated seven-figure personal injury cases through verdict and has tried a number of high-profile criminal cases, including cases involving police corruption and misfeasance by licensed professionals. He was also a member of the defense team for the so-called Lackawanna Six, and one of the first prosecutors in the country under the Patriot Act. Mr. Brown has also argued many appeals in both New York State and federal appellate courts.

Mr. Brown is a member of a number of professional organizations including the New York State Bar Association, Erie County Bar Association, where he was a director. He is also a member of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, where he was also a director. He is a Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® Life Member.

About Losi & Gangi Attorney
Founded more than 20 years ago, Losi & Gangi Attorneys represents injured workers in the practice areas of workers compensation and personal injury. The firm has been recognized as one of the top law firms in Western New York by Buffalo Business First. In addition to partners Jeff Gangi, Harry Modeas, and Phil Scaffidi, the firm includes 10 associate attorneys and 10 employees in support roles. In 2021, Losi & Gangi recovered more than $22 million dollars in settlements and verdicts for clients throughout Western New York.

Phil Scaffidi Named Partner at Losi & Gangi Attorneys

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Losi & Gangi Attorneys, a Buffalo-based workers compensation and personal injury law firm has named Phil Scaffidi as a partner at the firm.  The announcement was made by Jeffrey Gangi, managing partner for Losi & Gangi. “Phil has been representing injured workers for more than 25 years and has been an important member of our team.” commented Gangi. “We are excited to welcome him to a leadership role with the firm”

Scaffidi graduated with honors from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, LA, and returned to his hometown of Buffalo, New York to begin his law practice. He began his legal career handling insurance defense work before the Workers’ Compensation Board, but quickly discovered he preferred representing injured workers. “It was obvious to me from the very beginning that it was the injured workers who really needed good representation in this system.” commented Scaffidi.

Scaffidi joined Losi & Gangi in 2016 as an associate attorney. He previously served as the Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County and remains an active member in that association as well as the New York State Bar Association and the Injured Workers Bar Association.

Mr. Scaffidi has been recognized for his work in Workers’ Compensation by Business First/Buffalo Law Journal’s “Who’s Who in Law” and was the recipient of the 2016 “Attorney Excellence Award” from the Center for Elder Law and Justice.
About Losi & Gangi Attorney

Founded more than 20 years ago, Losi & Gangi Attorneys represents injured workers in the practice areas of workers compensation and personal injury. The firm has been recognized as one of the top law firms in Western New York by Buffalo Business First. In addition to partners Jeff Gangi, Harry Modeas, and Phil Scaffidi, the firm includes 10 associate attorneys and 10 employees in support roles. In 2021, Losi & Gangi recovered more than $22 million dollars in settlements and verdicts for clients throughout Western New York.