In these extraordinary times the safety and well-being of our clients and employees remains our top priority. We will continue to commit to provide you with our best possible service as we face this rapidly changing situation. As the Coronavirus continues to affect our communities, we wanted to share some of the immediate steps being taken to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Currently, our main office in Rockville Centre remains staffed and open with full phone, email and fax service. Our satellite offices in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Hauppauge are temporarily closed. We also have the ability to work from remote locations should the need arise.
For your own safety as well as the safety of our employees, we ask that you not stop by our office. We remain ready to assist you with any issues or concerns, but ask that you call or email so as to help comply with the Governor’s recommendations.
The Workers’ Compensation Board is continuing to hold hearings, but only through their virtual system. Judges, lawyers and injured workers will meet via phone or video. You will not be able to attend hearings at any Workers’ Compensation Board in the five boroughs or Long Island. We ask that you be by phone, or download the Board’s virtual hearings app. More information can be found here: http://www.wcb.ny.gov/virtual-hearings/ and http://www.wcb.ny.gov/virtual-hearings/app/
Please coordinate with your doctors as to your continuing care. Your safety and the safety of others should be of paramount concern, and if you are unable to attend the scheduled appointment with your doctor or the insurance company’s doctor, notify them of same, and please attempt to see your doctor as soon as you feel safe enough to do so.
Insurance companies remain open and there is no reason that court ordered payments should be impacted.
As measures to combat the Coronavirus change, we will continue to adapt so as to continue to provide you with the service and advice you have come to expect from our office. Technology allows us the opportunity to remain safe and limit the impact of the virus while helping guide you through the difficulties of Workers’ Compensation. As always, we remain available for your questions and concerns.
A Message For Those Who Are Scheduled For An Independent Medical Examination
Our mission has always been to keep our clients fully informed about the continuing changes in Workers’ Compensation, more so than ever given the extraordinary impact of COVID-19/Coronavirus.
Effective March 23, 2020, the State has determined that a carrier’s Independent Medical Examination (IME) is NOT an essential service excluded from the Governor’s current “stay at home” order. As a result, any in-person IME will not be held while the order is in place.
If you are scheduled for an IME for the immediate future and the order is still in place, do not attend the IME. Once the order is lifted, IMEs will likely resume. Please continue to follow our website and https://www.ny.gov for more information.
Nuestra misión siempre ha sido mantener a nuestros clientes totalmente informados sobre los continuos cambios en la Compensación de los Trabajadores, más que nunca dado el impacto extraordinario de COVID-19 / Coronavirus.
A partir del 23 de marzo de 2020, el Estado ha determinado que el examen médico independiente (IME) NO es un servicio esencial excluido de la orden actual de “quedarse en casa” del gobernador. Como resultado, cualquier IME en persona no se llevará a cabo mientras la orden esté en su lugar.
Si está programado para un IME para el futuro inmediato y el pedido aún está en su lugar, no asista al IME. Una vez que se levanta la orden, los IME probablemente se reanudarán.
Continúe siguiendo nuestro sitio web y https://www.ny.gov para obtener más información.
Stay safe and healthy.
The Law Offices of Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C.